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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Posted in Artist Inspiration

Last year I came across a new artist called Sharon Turner whose work I loved. I’m delighted that she has teamed up with Bothy Threads to bring her work to cross stitch for the first time. I asked Sharon if she had ever done any stitching herself and she says

 ‘I used to sew a lot, but rarely have the time anymore. When my daughter was very small, I cross stitched a huge cushion for my iron settle with geometric patterned stripes! I spent every spare minute doing it. I've always needed to be creative, even when busy with real life. Cross stitching is so relaxing and satisfying. It's such a thrill to know people will be sewing my art."

It was difficult deciding which of her animals to start with, but I chose the Leopard. It is such a dramatic piece and I love the colour and geometric shapes. At first I thought, even better…the design is symmetrical! In this case my work is halved because I can just chart half the design, copy, flip and paste. So, I charted the left side and tried to do this, but it didn’t work at all. The two sides are subtly different and I had to go back to the drawing board aka the computer!

25177 Leopard Queen teal

All this put me in mind of William Blake’s poem-

‘Tyger, Tyger burning bright,

In the forest of the night;

What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

OK I know this first design is a Leopard, but she has got a tiger too which I might do later!

25180 Tiger Chief blue

The other one that I am starting with is the Eagle. I love the contrasting areas of patterns and the beak and eyes are so mesmerising!

25170 American Eagle blue
Take a look at Sharon's work

Happy Stitching!

Love Kate and Sharon x

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