Sublime Stumpwork

Hi again

The header on this blog post isn’t an exaggeration. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word sublime means ‘of very great excellence or beauty’.

What makes this Stumpwork embroidery so sublime and out of the box is the combination of the Jane Nicholas design, Lorna’s extraordinary skill in executing the design and Stewart Bath’s wonderful photography.

We’re in the process of photographing the work of one of our members, Lorna Loveland, who does the most amazing sewing and embroidery but it’s her Stumpwork that’s beyond awesome.

The first lot of photos that Stewart has delivered has enough material for four blog posts and includes two exquisite, jawdroppingly beautiful Jane Nicholas Mirrors. So over the next few weeks you’re in for a treat! You can find out more about Jane Nicholas and her designs here

I’m going to bookend the series of posts on Lorna’s work with the two Mirrors and here’s the first. You don’t need any words from me – the beauty of this Stumpwork eloquently speaks for itself.

Don’t forget you can click on the photos to get a more detailed look.

Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 in frame stitched by Lorna Loveland

Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 unframed stitched by Lorna Loveland

Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 Top Panel stitched by Lorna Loveland

Flower Detail from Top Panel from Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Middle of Top Panel of Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Needlewoven Flower Detail from Top Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

 

Spider Detail from Right Panel of Jane Nicholas Mirror stitched by Lorna Loveland

 

Pink Flower Detail from Right Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Pea Pods and Pink Flowers from Right Panel of Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Red Flower Detail from Right Hand Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Snail and Cricket Details on Bottom Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Cricket Detail from Bottom Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Yellow Flower Detail on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Butterfly Detail from Left Hand Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror stitched by Lorna Loveland

Red Berry Detail from Left Hand Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

Purple Flower Detail from Left Hand Panel on Jane Nicholas Mirror 1 stitched by Lorna Loveland

I showed this Mirror and the photos to my family and it was interesting to see how the first reaction was to gasp at the beauty of the object. Then as they looked more closely they all responded to different details of the Stumpwork – one of the men in the family was a bit disconcerted to find himself drooling over stitched pea pods!!

Finally a very heartfelt and special thanks to Stewart Bath – this Mirror wasn’t easy to photograph. It was custom made for Lorna and has a special construction which gives it an unusual depth that’s integral to the whole visual effect. So not only did Stewart have the challenge of photographing the Stumpwork through the glass casing but also capturing the detail of stitching set at a greater depth than normal.

Well done Stewart! You’re a legend!

Carmen

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4 Responses to Sublime Stumpwork

  1. Iris Bodell says:

    Mm! I must say that I like the peas as well. The whole is awe inspiring.

  2. Deborah Love says:

    just exquisite

  3. Jane Nicholas says:

    Sublime is the word I would use too!