#ThankStitching No. 16 with Victoria Matthewson


Victoria Matthewson



I create embroidered art based on my photographs of the local flora and fauna. I use a needle painting technique with fine silk floss thread. I am grateful every day to have found this passion as the slow repetitive nature of my work can be so very calming. I am also grateful that it gives me a sense of control and focus in my life, I gave up work after the birth of my second child to become a full time stay at home Mum. After a very difficult year, full of health problems, I felt like I needed something that was just for me. I hadn’t picked up my embroidery needle since I was twenty and at drama school, but I remembered how much I enjoyed it and how it helped me to ‘zone out’ during the long hours of rehearsing ‘The Doll House’. It was like a light bulb moment, here was something I could fit around bringing up my children that gave me a sense of achievement when I was struggling to consider myself a successful Mother (I think all Mother’s get that feeling from time to time.).

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#ThankStitching is a project to collect and curate reasons why stitchers worldwide are thankful for their particular needle craft. Look for daily posts in November with hourly posts on Thanksgiving Day.