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!
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!
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!
So now these designs are ready to be stitched up and should be available as kits later in the year. Meanwhile, I hope that you like these designs, and if you want to take a look at the rest of Sharon’s work please see below.
Sharon’s website: Sharon Turner | Scrummy Things
Sharon’s Gallery: MGL – CD Content – Sharon Turner (mgllicensing.com)
Love Kate and Sharon x