Kate Hughes

covered in stitches
May 6, 2010, 1:30 pm
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Two embroidered covers that I’m working on for an editioned book that’s in the works. These covers are intended to be overtly sumptuous and sensual which is what I hope the variety of stitches has achieved. A lot of art making is going to be happening over the next few days so hopefully I’ll have time to take some pictures to post.


book work
November 24, 2009, 11:08 pm
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I’ve been pottering along working on embroideries. A slow process with limited moments of revelation and excitement but sustained pleasure and growth. Today I finished this new book cover which will soon (don’t ask me to define soon) be bursting with drawings that will spill out of the covers.

I’ve begun work on a new very special book cover. To simplify the process and avoid mistakes I’ve broken the design into eighths. Over 8,000 stitches will be sewn before it is complete but I already see it all before me.

Expect some posts over the next week that look at some older books I’ve made both complete and incomplete.

And apparently I’m not the only person who thinks textiles and book covers make a perfect pair.

home bound
September 17, 2009, 9:37 pm
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Progress is progress is progress.

Progressing out of sequence, my book is emerging from the thoughts that contain and grow it. The pages are bound before all the drawings are done. Homes have been painted out of chronology, numbers 1 and 6 (pictured) completed. The bottom picture is a preliminary design for the cover, pattern taken from William Morris. The centre will be an inset embroidery of home no.2, not sure the design will frame it or the entire book correctly, a high risk of it being scraped. The cover is to be engraved hoop pine with copper pigment impregnated in the line work.