As a child I was taught to embroider printed tray cloths and handkerchief corners and learnt to machine sew on my mother's treadle machine. I moved on to cross stitch, curtains and simple A-line clothes for small daughters. I stumbled into City and Guilds in Embroidery in the early 90's, disliking the prospect of becoming 'just a housewife' and needing a focus, a stimulus. The opportunities the course provided to visit exhibitions and galleries gave me access into a whole new world.
Five years later, with parts I and II completed I was cajoled into visiting the Embroiderers' Guild in York, was soon invited onto the committee and now I am completely involved. I have had the privilege of serving as both Secretary and Chair within the Branch. I have also taught embroidery in Adult Education.
I prefer hand stitching and enjoy making felt (both wet felting and using an embellisher), silk paper, cords, drop spindle spinning and beadwork, creating a surface into which I can stitch. I am increasingly drawn to using metal threads in much of my work.
I prefer to work with natural images as a source, but architectural forms sometimes provide a stimulating design which I can then manipulate, print, layer and stitch.
It eventually was used to create "Waves" with all the things being carried on the tide.
|Small section of "Waves" - Carol Seaman|
This was one of my first pieces after we began as Diverse Threads. Working with the group has allowed me to go beyond the boundaries I had set for myself and to develop my ideas. The regular interaction with the rest of the group stimulates and encourages the design process, as well as helping to resolve practical issues.
This piece was an exercise in texture using lots of different threads
The aim was to show different depths across the piece by using
light and dark shades. It also has beaded areas to show
"From a Distance 1" - Carol Seaman