What Are You Stitching?

30th October 2020

It is time to celebrate Trish Burr yet again. The fact we do this regularly is an indicator of how popular Trish’s designs are, and how many of us love stitching them. Thank goodness Trish continues to produce gorgeous design after gorgeous design, ensuring that we’ll all be kept busy for years to come!

Dorothy Thompson

‘My re-kindled embroidery inspiration was Trish Burr with her book Whitework with Colour.’

‘I was born in South Wales in the 1940s and, as a small child, would plague my mother until she gave in to take me to the village shop for an embroidery ‘transfer’. Usually a crinoline lady in a garden, I would proceed to iron it on to every corner of linen my mother would give me until it was so pale it was no longer any use! 

I only knew how to do lazy daisy, satin and stem stitches. As the years went by, I learned dressmaking then, over the last 20 years, became hooked on patchwork and quilting.’

‘Finding Trish Burr’s book was a revelation to me. I have stitched quite a few designs from the book, and I feel quite precious about them as I put so much of ‘me’ into each piece.’

Thank you for sharing such a lovely story and a wonderful piece of embroidery, Dorothy. We hope you keep enjoying Trish’s designs for many years to come.

Louise Post

‘Here is my latest goldwork piece. Trish Burr kindly gave me permission to use her design of ‘Giraffe with Barbara Streisand Eyes’. She requested a photo when I was finished, which I sent and she seemed pleased with the result.’

‘I have been fortunate to have the guidance of two amazing teachers; Alison Cole who taught me the art of goldwork and Trish Burr who taught me not only stitching skills, but how to reach beyond what you think you are capable of.’

‘This is the first time I have taken a pattern and turned it into my own goldwork design. I thank both Alison and Trish for ‘leaving a trail for me to follow’.’

We are very lucky to have such inspiring designers and teachers to follow, aren’t we, Louise? Your interpretation of Trish’s giraffe is magnificent.

Susan Bottcher

‘My favourite embroidery has been the designs from Trish Burr’s Whitework with Colour.’

‘I thought I would make the pieces I worked from it into a quilted wall hanging. I feel this is less successful than a bed quilt, but I am proud of the work.’

Knowing how much work goes into each one of these pieces, we can’t help but be amazed by your incredible finished project, Susan. Such a wonderful achievement.

Do you keep going back to Trish and her fabulous designs? Or are you a devotee of another of our amazing Inspirations contributors? Perhaps you love the work of another designer altogether? Or maybe you’re fortunate enough to have the skills to design pieces for yourself? 

Whatever the case, we’d love to see your work. Send photos and a little bit about your stitching journey and the project itself to news@inspirationsstudios.com

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