Category Archives: hand stitching

WAR: A Personal Response, Body of Work, ‘Grief Redacted’

    Grief Redacted Vintage linen tablecloth, cotton thread; hand embroidered. For my installation in Articulation’s ‘WAR: A Personal Response’ exhibition I have recreated my grandmother’s living room to reflect her mental state during WWI, WWII and the following years. I believe she suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) most of her adult life. The room I have […]

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VISDA Current Threads 2017 Exhibition in Ladysmith BC

The annual Vancouver Island Surface Design Association Currents Threads exhibition will open on April 15 and run until April 30, 2017. This year the group is returning to the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, Ladysmith.  All of the work will have been completed in the last 3 years and has not been shown in any Current Threads exhibition before. […]

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Things Textiley in Greece: Fibres and Fabrics – Old and New

  Goats on the road, every afternoon – milking time.  The huge variety of goat cheeses and other dairy products was a gourmet’s delight while travelling around Greece. Each village seems to have its own bacterial cultures producing distinctively different cheeses. It was the same with the many different fermented drinks. The fermented honey mead […]

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Things Textiley in Greece: Peloponnese Peninsula Traditional Costumes

Vocha, Corinthia, Greece, early 20th century Layers of wool and cotton heavily embroidered. Silver ornament.   Belesi, Argolid, Greece, early 20th century The heavily embroidered red vest is all the more eye-catching when worn with the white over-vest.   The many different types of embroidery reflect the many outside influences over Greece’s long history.   […]

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Things Textiley in Greece – 12 Parts of the Greek Evzone Guard Uniform

Here is one of those pesky tourists standing beside one of the famed Greek Evzone – guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the president’s mansion, dressed in his Sunday uniform. To join this elite division of guards one has to be over 6′ 1.3″/1.87m tall. The guard’s uniform evolved from the Klephts’ […]

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‘Earth Repair’ – 3 Years Later

2014 3 years 3 months after the emergency while living outside wrapped around the Indian plum I brought the 3 afternoon tea cloths inside.  They were carefully washed, dried and ironed. I was hoping the laundering had stopped the decay processes. There is much staining and decay and large holes had appeared. How to preserve this […]

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‘Earth Repair’ – the Beginings

‘Earth Repair’ began as a response to what I considered to be an emergency situation. March 11, 2011 – quoting from my journal – ‘Emergency. It has been a long winter here on the island. The deer are hungry. They are eating the bark on my precious Indian Plum. I need to care for this tree. The […]

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‘Earth Repair’ Makes it into the World of Threads Festival 2016

Lesley Turner, ‘Earth Repair’ 36″ x 35″/92 x 89 cm, 2011 – ongoing, embroidered (anonymous) vintage cotton afternoon tea cloth, leaf skeletons, cotton & polyester thread, jute string, wooden branch, MinWax; tree staining, washing, ironing, hand & machine applique, waxing. This work has been accepted into the World of Threads Festival 2016 in the ‘Late in the […]

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VISDA ‘Current Threads 2016’ Artists with their Work

Judi MacLeod ‘White Lady,’ white linen, manipulated white cotton, hand and machine stitched Judi led the this year’s Current Threads exhibition committee. She led the hanging and compiled the artist statement binder among many other tasks. A close up of ‘White Lady’ because my poor photography didn’t really show any of the texture. Committee member Sarah McLaren […]

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