Wednesday, 24 August 2016

contemporary silk shading

I have just finished this piece of long and short stitch, sometimes called silk shading.
I am planning on developing this into a class for the future.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

New Or Nue

I have just finished this piece of Or Nue, a gift for a school principle.

A close up to show how the metal threads changes direction which provides the piece with so much movement.

I then discovered that my computer can zoom into the picture and it show the stitches and the texture of the metal thread, which when you are using it looks smooth! amazing.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

exhibition open

I hung my solo show yesterday, this picture is before the lights were sorted . The show is at the Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa from now until the 28th.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

a couple of projects on the go

I have a few projects on the go at the moment which is not really like me but sometimes that's how life goes.
This is a small hanging for an exhibition based around the theme of Tea, called Any 1 4 T. I just have to put the binding on and then that's finished.

This is a piece of Or Nue that will be a gift for my sons school principle who is moving on to another phase of her life. I love Or Nue so this will be a pleasure to stitch.

My solo exhibition opens next week so I have spent the last few days putting hangers on the back of the work and typing up labels, I will hang the show on Monday, Estuary Arts, Orewa.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


I have booked 2 workshops in conjunction with my exhibition in Aug. A 1 day stitch sampler, a short bus queue and a 1 day Blackwork. Both will be held at the Estuary Arts centre in Orewa, just north of Auckland, details on their website

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Art N Tartan entry

In a moment of insanity I have entered a local wearable art exhibition/ competition called Art n Tartan. As you can guess the theme is tartan. I decided to make a kilt and jacket outfit using only upcycled business shirts and a suit. The show is in Waipu in July. I have almost finished my entry just a few finishing touches to add. I have called the tartan the McBusiness tartan. all pieced from old shirts.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

goldwork and butterflies

This is my finished gold work, Wild Wrinkles. I am really please with how it looks.

And these are the last Monarch butterflies of the season, Not sure these last caterpillars will survive its getting a bit cold I think. The whole cycle of these butterflies is just beautiful, from stripes on the caterpillars to gold dots on the crysilis.