Park Walks

Walking in our local Grosvenor and Hilbert recreation ground

I have been inspired throughout the lockdown by our local park and my regular walks there. On one recent walk I collected some plants that had fallen onto the path and used them to screen print on linen remnants.

These were then used as backgrounds for embroideries of local birds – a series called ‘Park Birds’…

‘Park Birds’ in the studio and in progress. I like to hand stitch using a mixture of perle and stranded cotton. I made the outline for these birds using a neutral colour and then filled in with more colourful shades.

When finished with the hand stitching I overstitched the pieces using my signature Bernina stitch on my vintage machine. I’ve been selling the pieces as part of the commendable and am enjoying seeing the little birds flying off to new homes!

I am also pleased with the revamped Crafts Council Directory site and have been updating my page. I update my courses on this site regularly under the ‘News’ page. I am teaching a new 8 week course for Kent Adult Education online in the autumn. In October, I’m hoping to be at the lovely Cowslip Workshops too – some spaces still available.

Finally, I am delighted to be a judge for the inaugural KDS Fibre and Textile Award at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Canada, where my exhibition ‘Stitched – a Homecoming’ took place in the spring of 2019.

Published by Anne Kelly

Artist, author and tutor based in the UK. I exhibit and teach nationally and internationally. Member of Embroiderers Guild UK, Crafts Council Directory and Society for Embroidered Work.

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