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Freedom of Stitch is Victoria Crowder Payne & Fearless Studio - Welcome!

Work in Progress from July 2009 Gallery show, from Sinister Stitch 2012 and MORE!

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What type of textile arts are you interested in?
I generally work mixed media dimensional embroidery in floss & fiber on unbleached muslin or in Global Arts watercolor books.
What's your favorite type of needlework?
I learned from my mother (a quilter, painter, and designer) that artistic expression is the highest value and must be embraced and protected. I also learned that forging one's own path is crucial--my gramma and aunt both ran successful art businesses, one in ceramics and one machine embroidery. After sketchbooking and exhausting my painting experiments, I found there just wasn't enough TEXTURE! One day husband casually asked, "why don't you try stitching? That's textury, right?" BLAM. Just like that, the doors blew open. I cranked out ideas for stitches, combinations, and designs. I knew at once that learning and sharing the thrilling possibilities of mixed media stitch was the journey that I should take.
Please feel free to tell us a little bit about yourself by way of introduction.
I am a mixed media embroidery artist. I advocate exploring dimensional embroidery on textured and painted surfaces and am always trolling for new techniques. I design & teach regionally for the JoAnn craft store, online via FAMM, and at the Kansas City Art Institute. I also develop on-going workshops for C&T Publishing & DMC Thread.
Currently in 2012 (after surviving kidney cancer -2010), I'm working a 2 year project, Sinister Stitch, which is a series of 13 ancient poisons in mixed media embroidery to debut October 2012 & will serve as a project for KC Cancer Action.
Presently, many photos here are pieces I worked for my solo show "Into the Woods: the Mixed Media Embroidery" in Kansas City MO in July-Aug 2009.
Other pieces are samples from classes I teach and experiments from the studio. Stitch has been quite an adventure so far, but I've never tired of my initial compulsion to Be Fearless and go STITCH up the place nor of my quest to drag other creatives along with me!
How did you learn about Stitchin' Fingers? (Search Engine, a friend, another website?)
Second Website or blog

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At 13:35 on October 11, 2012, Carmelina López Andrade said…

Hi, Victoria. Really you are not a traditional embroiderer ¡and I love that! So imaginative. We need a new generation of embroiderers with an post modern point of view. I love your creativity. Congratulations. Greetings from Mexico.

At 21:29 on December 30, 2009, TattingChic said…
Happy New Year to you! Your work is beautiful!
At 3:48 on April 20, 2009, Pallavi Ashish said…
Hi Victoria
Your way of work is unique and imressive

Freedom of Stitch's Blog

Freedom of is OPEN!!

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 16:11 0 Comments

After heartache and frustration, the website is officially up for visitors! There is a studio, gallery, and tutorials for all your browsing fun, as well as a shop featuring Fearless Stitcher Designs (some photos previewed here). And for the young uns, there's Kidstitch with upcoming projects for family fun (think spring break and summer-- it'll keep em busy for sure!). Please visit and leave comments-a-plenty! Then, get inspired and… Continue


Posted on January 8, 2009 at 10:17 0 Comments

SO much happening, it's hard to keep up with all my communiques!! First-- I've just gotten the OK for a bi-monthly column at Artfire . Creating Without a Net: a toolbox for fearless art will debut January 15 so GO SEE!

If you haven't checked Artfire out-- DO it! It's guaranteed to give etsy a run for their money. As a handmade marketplace, it's GOT to be the best opportunity of 2009--and FREE to sell!…


New in process photos...

Posted on September 29, 2008 at 15:07 0 Comments

I've been documenting the process for a couple of pieces--Autumn and 6X6" Spring--and have posted the pics in the slideshow above. I'll keep posting photos as they develop--enjoy.

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