One thing I’ve ALWAYS enjoyed is the fine line between hard and soft, aggressive and sweet, monstrous and dainty.

A long time ago, in a blog post far, far away, I wrote about playing with sewing my paintings, and my embroidery inspirations


I’m pretty inexperienced with embroidery, but I loved creating with thread.  I loved the feel of mixed textures on paintings, as well…  I got a little book on different types of stitches and just played around with them…

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And even tried painting on canvas fabric and hand-sewing on top of it.  I was able to keep some of the detail of painting that I couldn’t get (or didn’t have the patience to get) with embroidery.


And then a reader asked if I had tried machine stitching.  And I hadn’t!  So I immediately gave that a try.  And OH what fun!

I think the first one I did was the Galdalf below–I loved the idea of working various stitches on my machine into his beardwork.  So much fun.  I started adding it to the backgrounds and into parts of peoples’ hair…

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I even used it, in some cases, to represent part of a character’s story–like the battle-scarred Hound and Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones, below.

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I can’t get enough of stitching everything now!  I love the variations of texture.  I still love hand-embroidering, especially when I can add the little beads and things.  Have you tried experimenting with a new medium?



12 responses

  1. I love the way these look.

  2. I love, love, love these! Texture is awesome. The top one, crow or raven, is my favorite. You are such a multi-faceted artist. bravo!

  3. Genius ! You are so creative and talented! Thanks for sharing! :)) Emily

  4. Stunning work as always! Wow! So, do you ever sell work? Just curious. Love the Dumbledore!  Nicola Beeson | Artist

    Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time. -Dali Lama

  5. I have recently transformed some of my photos into woodcuts. It is being interesting and makes me feel like an actual artist again.

  6. didn’t know you did game of thrones characters too,
    I love you even more!

  7. These are awesome! Love seeing your work!

  8. Being all thumbs, I wonder how you can do the stitching on the paper, without completely ripping it… I’m sure that’d be the result, if I tried sewing into paper… (or have you only done this on actual canvas?)

  9. I love seeing what you’re up to creatively – these are awesome!

    And ‘cos I enjoy your blog so much, I’m nominating you for the One Lovely Blog Award. (Details on

  10. As a needle worker I can see the true meaning of art just by looking at them even without using sense of touch, specially the 3rd & 4th picture I love the color combination, they are totally suited.

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