Frances is a contemporary textile artist who combines hand stitch with machine embroidery and mixed media, she uses traditional techniques in a modern, innovative manner attempting to combine this with unusual metal thread work and thread work techniques. She takes inspiration from surroundings at home and away, historical artefacts and scientific discoveries & adventures. She studied “Textiles” with the Open College of the Arts and was awarded C&G level 2 in “embroidery” before being invited to join TOPstitch. She has exhibited independently, with the Embroiderers’ Guild and with TOPstitch. Her commercial work is held in private collections.
She is an keen textile sketchbook creator.
She is a member of TOPstitch, Threadheads, a small experimental textile art group and “The 76group” the Norwich Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild of which she is currently chairman.
“Ivy stems on Oak Tree” 2014
This piece was submitted for assessment as part of my C&G portfolio. Made from hand dyed textiles, wool pre-felt, cotton scrim and silk fibres wound round wires later embellished with stitch
“Capturing Autumn” detail. 2015
Held in a private collection. Stitched with silk and metallic threads using ribbed spider’s web and sorbello stitch.
“Le Fin” 2014
Mixed media piece with heat distressed acrylic felt, lutradur and needle felted shapes with beading and free machine embroidery.
Details from an embroidered tablecloth
Silver thread work on lid of hand stitched fabric covered box made in celebration of a Silver Wedding.
“Felbrigg Gate House” 2015
In the style of Wendy Dolon. Variously textured cotton fabrics were assembled, painted and stitched with Free Machine Embroidery.
Made for Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk.
“Sea Horse” detail. 2016
Design inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard.
Traditional Gold or English work.
“Reading Hat” 2016
Dark green cotton velvet embellished with Viscose Tassel and satin ribbon hand embroidered in Casalguidi style.
“The Comet Landing” 2014
The first black and white pictures from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko inspired this mixed media piece.
Heat distorted painted Tyvek with hand stitching and beading.
Submitted to the 2016 Costume and Textile Association Exhibition “Norwich Shawls. Past Glory, Present Inspiration”
“Market Square” 2015.
Inspired by Norwich Market, stitched for the 2015 Art Fair East (private collection)
“2 circles, 1 triangle” 2015
Simple stitching on tea dyed silk noil created for the Holt Society Exhibition.
Currently held in a private collection.
“Little Egret at Cley” 2016
Mixed media piece. Background painted with Markal Oil paint sticks with masked bird. Hand stitching and embossed metal powders.
Sold to private collector.
“Cley Salt Marshes” 2016
Layered monoprinted textiles with hand stitching.
“Homage to Hundertwasser” 2018
Viscose ribbon couched onto space dyed background. Chenille “trees”.