Category Archives: Sewing and Stitching

Figurative Textile Workshop – Unlocking the Family Album

A couple of weeks ago I travelled to Durham to deliver a figurative weekend workshop to the very friendly and welcoming ‘Embroidery 15’ group. Many of the group had never worked figuratively before so I was pleasantly surprised by the resulting work. The workshop started with my presentation about the way different textile artists use the figurative image and by looking at my own handling collection which comprises of lots of small samples of different techniques that can be used for figurative textile work. We continued by experimenting with composition in collage and finally started to work with fabric and thread, mixing hand and machine stitch with appliqué and paint.

Here is a selection of the student’s work that was produced over the weekend.

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student's work

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Great articles on www.textileartist.org

textileartist.org is a great resource for textile artists, textile enthusiasts, students and educators.

Here are just a few of my favourite articles and interviews.

judith scottTextile artist Judith Scott: Uncovering innate talent

Fiber Art Now

How to Photograph Textile Art

25 amazing WordPress themes for artists

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Interesting interviews on textileartist.org from

Nigel CheneyArran IllingworthTilleke SchwarzJames Fox Jacqueline Treloar , Ann Goddard

and many others including myself.

Anna Scott : I am inspired…

Anna Scott who is an Australian embroiderer and blogger has kindly posted about my work.

Anna Scott : I am inspired….

It was so refreshing to get an email from Anna asking if she could use my images for her blog. Usually people just help themselves nowadays. I don’t really mind this on the whole as the images are usually used by students as reference material. Reproduction for financial gain would be another thing but images of my work can be found all over the internet and I like to share. She asked me why I use the image of a fish so often. It ‘s quite simple really. My hometown is Grimsby in Lincolnshire in the UK. Grimsby was once the largest and the busiest fishing port in the world and was known as the ‘ Klondyke of the East Coast of England’. Sadly this is no longer true, the northern cod wars with Iceland put paid to that and the place has gone to rack and ruin. Actually there are quite a few of my pieces that are about this very thing with references to a Grimsby St in London which has been knocked about somewhat in recent years. My family was very involved in the fishing industry both as fishermen and fish merchants so the fish has become my signature if you like, a symbol of where I’m from and I usually try to include on somewhere on my major pieces. The image below shows the first work in which I included a fish.

Public voting for the craft&design selected awards 2014 is now open

To vote for me please go to at the bottom of my makers page  http://www.craftmaker.co.uk/suestone/

image of Woman with a Fish 2007

Woman with a Fish 2007

Pinpoint 13 at One Church St Gallery

2 pieces of my work were selected for Pinpoint 13 which is an exhibition of contemporary miniature works that express a sustained conversation with materials. The selecting panel included leading figures within the textile art world, Polly Binns and Linda Brassington, who worked in collaboration with the Directors of One Church Street Gallery. The panel reviewed submissions from hundreds of applicants from around the world, seeking a breadth of approach in the construction or application of cloth and thread. Submissions came from an international arena including Israel, Finland, United States as well as the United Kingdom.

The exhibition runs until 9 November 2013 at One Church St Gallery, Great Missenden, Bucks, UK and also features work by my fellow members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists Ann Goddard and Jan Miller.

More information about these works.

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Tilleke Schwarz: For the love of threads – TextileArtist.org

Threads-featuredTilleke Schwarz: For the love of threads – TextileArtist.org.

Interesting article by Tilleke Schwarz on textileartist.org. Tilleke will be showing work at the Knitting and Stitching show.
I am looking forward to giving a helping hand on her stand at Alexandra Palace in October.

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‘Kilter Kelter’ at Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

Well, what I thought was going to be a quiet month turned out not to be so! I was contacted out of the blue by Cupola Gallery in Sheffield to see if I had any work available for their next exhibition ‘Kilter Kelter.’ The exhibition on a recycling theme is an intercontinental collaboration between Cupola Gallery in Sheffield and Spaza Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa and runs from 26 July to 8 September 2013.

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I work a lot with recycled clothing and upholstery fabrics as a base for my stitching so I was delighted to be asked to be part of this exhibition. I also recycle images from my family and friends’ photo albums. ‘Loaves and Fishes’, made in 2010 is portrait of my Grandparents Harry and Annie Jane Smith. The title refers not only to their religious bent (they were both staunch  Methodists) but also to the fact that Harry was a Master Confectioner and Baker who ran the village shop in Saxilby, Lincolnshire for many years. The ‘Closed’ sign refers to the demise of the village shop with the advent of supermarkets and my signature fish on Annie’s lap refers to their hometown of Grimsby, once the busiest fishing port in the world. The piece is made from applied recycled fabrics with hand and machine stitch. Even the wool used for Harry’s jumper is recycled, unravelled from an old cardigan!

I will also be showing some small studies including two pieces made from tray cloths embroidered by my Mum, Muriel May Stone.

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study for the girls they left behind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Kelter’ is a local Yorkshire slang work for rubbish and ‘Takataka’ is Swahili for rubbish. So ‘Kilter Kelter’ meets ‘Take Takataka’ and on the opening night 26th July from 7.30 pm Cupola will set up a large screen and live web link so artists can share ideas and talk to each other across continents. Some of the smaller African Art works will also be available to order via Cupola.

Exhibiting Artists from the Spaza Art Gallery. https://www.facebook.com/Spaza.Art Jacob Ramaboya, Andrew Lindsay Dionne Macdonald, Gift Mangena, Justin Wells, Karel Miles, Imbali Arts, Hiltrud Aliber, Evil Jon, Stacey Macdonald, Bethuel, and many others.. I am particularly intrigued to hear that they have a sound piece. Recycled sounds!”

Cupola’s exhibiting artists include: Inguna, Susan Waters, Karin Walland, Jason Heppenstall (HeppoArt), Gavin Darby, James Lake,  Lawrence Simonson, Ros Ingram, Klaus Pinter, Evelyn Albrow, Sue Stone, Sue Carter, Josie Beszant, Kimberly Werner, Hayley lock, Ella Robinson, Anne Menary, Aiden Spencer, Rachael Bennett

Work ranges from dresses made from salmon skins and old maps and elegant reclaimed steel scuptures, stunning portraits made from cardboard boxes to amazing paper and textile collages, miniature paintings on bottle tops and jewellery made from old colouring pencils.

Wise words from Karen Sherwood is the Founder, Director and Curator, Cupola Contemporary Art. “Next time you go to throw something away, just consider that thought and talent can transform almost any object into a thing of beauty and wonder.  I hope you enjoy both exhibitions, even if you can only experience one of them ‘virtually’!”

http://www.cupolagallery.com/

Sue Stone • From Sketch to Stitch • Stitch magazine June/July

Stitch magazine has published my ‘From Sketch to Stitch article in Issue no 83 June/ July 2013. The article explores the way I work and how my pieces are put together focussing on my work ‘Family with Fish’ 2011. Click here to Buy Stitch magazine  More images of the work in progress 

I also have an ebook for sale which documents the full making of this piece.  Preview or buy the ebook. The ebook is available for iPad and iPhone only at the present time. To hear about my news and events and to be informed when the ebook will be available in other formats please sign up to my monthly newsletter

This piece is also featured in the 62 Group of Textile Artists 2012 ‘Radical Thread’ Book. Edited by Lesley Millar the book was produced to celebrate the group 50th anniversary. Preview or Buy Radical Thread

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A new home for East End Girls aka Alice, Madge and Muriel

I am delighted to say that one of the major pieces from my Stuff and Nonsense exhibition will soon be going to a new home in London although I will be very sorry to see it go. I have a soft spot for this piece as it combines some of my favourite people with one of my favourite places. It was first exhibited in the 62@50 exhibition at the Holden Gallery at Manchester School of Art in 2012.

Craft & Design Selected Silver Award

Congratulations to Carol Naylor who has just been awarded the Craft & Design Silver selected award 2013. Carol was selected for this award by judge Kaffe Fassett whose fantastic exhibition ‘A Life in Colour’ runs until 29 June 2013 at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey. http://ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/kaffe-fassett/
See more of Carol Naylor’s work at : http://www.carolnaylor.co.uk/

Carol Naylor

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Here’s the certificate for the Craft and Design Award. The award means I will get coverage in the magazine in the Autumn and also an image will be used on their 2014 calendar. Interestingly earlier this year I was short listed for a calendar in Japan, big project, I didn’t get it but it doesn’t seem to matter now!

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My 5 Favourite Sewing Machines

I was going to write about my 5 favourite sewing machines but then I realised there is only one for me.The Bernina 1008 is the best mechanical sewing machine in the world, unless you can tell me different. To have one of these is great, to have two, as I do is fantastic. One can be set up for free machine stitch with the darning foot and the feed dropped whilst the other is ever ready for dressmaking techniques with the standard foot and the feed raised. I’m sure there are lots of great fancy digital machines out there but for me nothing beats the control I get with a basic mechanical and the hands-on drawing skills that it allows me to employ.

Long live the Bernina 1008!

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