Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Embroidered Storybooks with Jessie Chorley

I've been in an embroidery mood lately. I wanted to make some days of the week tea towels, but I didn't want the usual kitchen / household motifs on them, so I started to go with a Paris theme, but they looked boring and Paris is not boring, so I scratched that idea. Then I went to Anthropologie to look at their tea towels because I always love their embroidered tea towels. I got some good ideas there and made a few tea towels (maybe I'll post pictures of those soon), and I've been on an embroidery roll since. I've mostly been looking through embroidery books, like Alicia Paulson's Embroidery Companion, A Rainbow of Stitches, and Doodle Stitching, and seeing what I can find online. One of the most inspiring embroidery artists is Jessie Chorley. You might remember her work from my post on her shop. Her style to me is dreamy and whimsical and magical. So while I was stitching away at one of my tea towels, I thought of her work and thought I'd see if she had any upcoming workshops (I had read a while back that she hosted workshops) and lucky me, she was having a storybook workshop. It was wonderful. She showed us some of her storybooks, talked to us about gathering ideas for a theme, ideas for constructing the books, and showed us some of her stitching techniques. She set up the table in the middle of the shop and we were stitching away in no time, and sipping tea and nibbling cake of course. Here are some pictures from the dreamy afternoon. These first 4 images, including the top image, are examples of Jessie's work. (Also, it wasn't really this dark in the shop, that's just the way I processed these photos.)
Our beautifully messy table, tea and cake included. I love craft mess.
I decided on an Amsterdam theme for my storybook. I'll post more pictures when I have more done.
What the other women were working on...
And what Jessie worked on while we were there...
I hope I can take another one of her workshops with my mom one day. She will love it! If you're in London, here's her workshop information. Happy stitching.

6 comments:

Sea Angels said...

Wasn't it a lovely day..so nice to meet you xxx
Lynn xxxx

Michelle said...

What a great looking time. Also, I wonder if you have seen my email I sent last week? Understand if you are busy of course.

Vanessa said...

these are so beautiful and delicate! Love the vintage style images as well

Emily said...

I can't wait!!!

AdoreVintage.com said...

First visit/comment, so hello there!

I have never seen a stitched storybook before, well other than a mass produced children's book at Barnes + Noble once and it wasn't anywhere nearly as beautiful as the ones you've photographed! All I can say is WOW, these are really so very lovely and they should be treasured. These stitched storybooks are the kind of things that if I ever saw in an antique shop or flea market I'd snap up immediately as I love things handmade with love and especially those with a story. And this is quite literally both of those!

with love,
Rodellee
www.adorevintage.com

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