Sometimes the creative juices need a boost and what better way to achieve this than indulging oneself and attending  a stitch retreat?

I am just back from (a rather wet) Eastbourne having spent 4 days in the company of the fabulous Hungarian textile artist Eszter Bornemisza and 6 other like minded students. It was a  rare chance to explore some of the creative thinking and techniques behind Eszter’s amazing work and all without the distractions of everyday life to get in the way.

The first 3 days  of ‘Captured in Nets’ saw us stitching, embroidering, trapping, painting, dissolving and even melting various materials to create a sample range of exciting new textures and fabrics. Work was of course interspersed with plenty of cuppas, nibbles and not least a fabulous lunch courtesy of Christine, our amazing retreat organiser and host.

‘Captured in Nets’ – a wall of samples

Where I live!

Happy Accidents

The final day was spent bringing together everything we learn’t to create a piece inspired by our own interest. Mine is based on Polynesian Stick Charts and the designs of Napa barkcloth – this is still a work in progress so watch this space.

‘Captured in Nets’ – work in progress

‘Captured in Nets’ was a stitch retreat organised by Studio 11 Eastbourne