#ThankStitching No. 2 with Corinne Sleight
#ThankStitching is a series of daily posts (and hourly posts on Thanksgiving) in the month of November in which needle artists from around the world submitted to me why they are thankful for their particular needleart.
My Mum patiently taught me how to stitch and knit as a child, and I have enjoyed passing these important skills onto my own daughter who has taken them to a whole new level (studying textiles at the Royal College of Art!). My earliest stitching memory was making a dressing table mat for Mother’s Day when I was at primary school. It was worked in brightly coloured thread on awful cream coloured binca but we were pretty much given free rein as far as pattern and colour were concerned. I loved making that mat!
I didn’t pick up an embroidery needle again until three and a half years ago when a New Year’s Day trip with my daughter to our local craft store for Uni supplies resulted in me coming home with a hoop, needles and a huge pack of brightly coloured threads. I haven’t looked back! The recurrent theme in my work would have to be colour, colour and more colour! Colour makes me happy, whether complementary or clashing. My embroidery style has developed significantly over the past couple of years, from stitching for stitching’s sake, to my current Satin Stitched pieces. In this seemingly frantic paced world, I derive so much peace and calm from stitching and the precision which Satin Stitch requires focuses the mind!
I love that there are no ‘rules’ when I create with a needle…..there seem to be rules in every other area of our lives but when I pick up a needle, it’s just me and the thread.