This piece was exhibited in 'Stitched at the Palace: Celebrating The Royal School of Needlework 30 years at Hampton Court Palace'
In 2016 I first enrolled at The RSN, and I'll be spending several years there learning all they have to teach about this incredible art form. This year I'm hugely privileged to be chosen as a Future Tutor.
Hand and eye are trained via the glorious flamboyance of a myriad stitches in wool yarns on laid linen fabric. The famous Bayeaux Tapestry is in fact a crewelwork embroidery, but the traditional styles can look bang up to date. Here's my opus celebrating a successful harvest of grapes from our balcony vineyard in Stratford, east London. I've used 22 different stitches in several shades of Appleton wools purple and green, with highlights in yellow.
Check out the slideshow to see the fascinating creation process of "Balcony Grapevine", step by step: