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So, yesterday I pootled off to Manchester to have a nosey around the degree shows, and I thought I’d share a little bit of what I saw.

My favourite section was definitely the textiles, though I suppose I’m a bit biased. ‘Textiles For Fashion’ as it was titled (though I think it was previously BA Embroidery) was full of exciting and innovative work, great use of colour and some unusual materials and techniques.

Grace Hamilton – knitted chains, lovely colour!

Ashley Millward – beautiful, detailed embroidery, big metal elements contrasting with intricate stitch.

Leanne Richards – absolutely fantastic colour! Beautiful geometric designs, which were displayed as very cool bus seats!

Apparently I’m loving grey combined with citrus bright colours and geometics at the mo!

Thats that for today, but there’s some 3D design to come tomorrow…

Well done to all the graduates for such a fab and inspiring show!

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Wow! Not blogged for aaaages! I need to become more regular again!

Anyways I recently began an embroidery project just because I miss sitting down and quietly making something. So the other day I was having a look around the internet for some exciting embroidery related to inspiration and I came across the wonderful Jenny Hart. I had seen her work before as they sell her Sublime Stitching patterns at Tatty Devine, but I had never seen her own work.

Here are some images of her crazy and bright embroidery:

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If I’m honest her portraits scare me a little, but they are pretty amazing and I loooove the detail and pattern that goes into it all.

Take a look at her website and blogs, Embroidery as Art and Sublime Stitching.

Right I’m off to get some stitching done…exciting! – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –