Welcome Sally I am also from UK but in Leeds, so far have not come accross anyone local but live in hope!Looking forward to seeing more of your work and as I mentioned on the site would love more details of your sampler
Thanks for the welcome Margaret.
the sampler piece was many small pieces of stitched samples from my City and Guilds that I did in the early 1990s. I had so many ( and have many more now as I am a textiles teacher myself now) I wanted to group them all together as one piece for an exhibition of my work that I did in 2011. So I bravely stitched them all together and then just used a roller loaded with acrylic paint over the top. Once I had started there was no going back LOL. Try it on a small canvas - the textures, shapes and stitch show through the opaque paint but the colours of the original fabric are all covered over, so you get a piece of painted art work with texture.
Welcome to stitchinfingers, It really is a wonderful site for people with a passion for stitch!
Enjoy sharing and ogling the wonderful photos!
Welcome to stitchinfingers...there is a lot of inspiring work here