First Blog Post
It’s hard to know where to start when setting up a blog for the first time. Especially as it will be a mix of personal and business posts. I’m hoping that this will create a space to get to know the person behind the embroideries and all the goes into making them.
I started embroidery only a little over a year ago when I wanted to try a completely different craft/art form that I had never learnt at school but had only come across when looking through my Grandma’s old sewing boxes. This was a much more traditional form of embroidery; neatly following beautiful floral patterns on serviettes and handkerchiefs as oppose to my completely freehand techniques but it was still a starting point and some inspiration to get me going. The first thing to do when starting a new craft is to learn all of the basics, which in this case were simple things like how tight your fabric needs to be in your hoop and how can I create three dimensional stitches? I really enjoyed figuring out the best way to do things by watching a number of different Youtube tutorials, giving them a go myself and ultimately being confident enough to do things in my own way. You can still see some of my first collection of pieces on my shop which like now were all inspired my nature and the things around me.
From an artistic point of view it has taken a lot of time to find out more about what I actually want to create and what effect I want it to have on people. I suppose it is a constant journey learning and evolving as I go and learning from customers and others in the embroidery community, (of which there are a lot more than you would first think!) This is was surprised me most when I first started embroidery as before actively looking for other embroidery artists you usually only see embroidery on mass produced fast fashion items in high street shops. However once you start looking on Instagram you can come across an abundance of makers all with their own individual style. So finding my place among this community has been wonderful as I love seeing what others create and sharing my progress and new pieces. So far this year has seen me properly launch my shop and website, create my own greetings cards and prints of my original artwork, host an exhibition of my work at a local café including creating a permanent stockist for my greetings cards, complete my first show at the Weald of Kent Craft Show in May and start to take commissions for pet portraits! So whether I’m creating pet portraits, people portraits or nature inspired pieces and landscapes you can follow my journey on both my social media accounts and now my blog!