Thursday, January 14, 2021


 Week 21 Stewart Kelly U.K.

"From Still Life to Stitch"
Stewart said "In this workshop you'll explore the possibilities of combining drawing and stitching, in order to create original designs and patterns"

He guided us on a creative journey and encouraged us to interpret different ideas and explore materials in order to create highly personal work.
Our workshop challenge was to set up a small still life arrangement of objects, create a pencil line drawing and using a view finder select part of our drawing to transfer onto cloth before stitching.

I have spent the last 2 weeks stitching and done very little else. Now it's time to go back to work and the "domestic duties" that have been sidetracked.
I chose glassware as my subject. 
Red and a white wine glasses with a small Nikki Japanese Whiskey bottle.

We were instructed to use neutral fabric for our background though I chose a darker piece.
The stitching side was very relaxing and I kept it minimal and simple with emphasis on the white wine glass and edge of the bottle.
My second piece was totally different in scale and colour.
Moving my view finder I edged towards the red wine glass with part of the bottle.
Our next challenge was to use a layout of mirror and reverse images of a piece.
I found this fascinating and spent a fair time "playing" with photos using the Layout app on my IPad.

Playing with my original after photocopying the pattern. 

Week 2
 "Further Development"
We were challenged to add small pieces of fabric to our piece. I decided to make a reverse and flipped image of my original pattern adding the dark fabric in the corners..

I enjoyed this workshop and on the group site what others have done, is amazing.


  1. A fascinating and thorough exploration of what was a simple starting point. Your immersion and enjoyment of the process is clearly evident in the fantastic results. Hope all that stitching did not cause any pain.

  2. Wow, I love your end results! Still life images have never particularly enthralled me, but you made really interesting pieces from your glassware subject.

  3. Oh my goodness! What a bunch of masterpieces! I can imagine how long you spent stitching them all but they belong in a museum (maybe someday they will be!)

  4. This is a very interesting course. Looks like you are enjoying it.