VICKY O'LEARY TEXTILES
HAND AND MACHINE EMBROIDERED PRODUCTS
I was inspired by the peeling paint on an old building and the layers and textures it produced. I hand painted the background using a mixture of silk paints, and acrylics. Using free machine embroidery techniques to follow the contours of each colour, I also hand embroidered sections. I am passionate about recycling and I re-use old packaging, scraps of fabric etc in my work. The silver ‘sequins’ are actually made from old crisp packets!
EMBROIDERED NOTEBOOK COVER
This is a re-useable cover for an A5 notebook – it comes with the lined notebook inside, but once this notebook has been used up you can remove the cover and pop it on your next notebook. I have hand painted the fabric and printed smaller details on the front and back of the notebook. Taking my inspiration from natural surroundings, the colours and beauty, the shapes and textures. I have used free machine embroidery to highlight areas and hand embroidery in the front section.
A5 Notebook Cover
MACHINE EMBROIDERED HOOP
This was inspired by the wonderful Surrey countryside. I used silk paints to paint a wash background and printed textures and images over the top with a few sections of applique. I used a lot of free machine embroidery techniques and different stitches to create the various hills and countryside. The flowers in the front are both machine and hand stitched, using knots and loops to add interest.
I love the hazy colours in this piece, again inspired by the beauty in nature, particularly the hills on a warm sunny day. I hand painted the background and embellished it with some recycled elements – different papers, lace and fabrics that I had painted. I hand stitched each piece on and used more hand stitching in the foreground. If you would like to make a piece like this please see my Workshops page.
MINDFUL STITCHING LEAF HOOP
Mindful Stitching is a very meditative process where the actual act of making it is as important as the end result. I selected the fabric colours which represented a very calming, grounded feeling to me. My stitching brings all of the colours and sections together and highlights one single leaf shape. The result is simple but very effective. For more information on Mindful Stitching have a look at my Workshops page.
£25 for Leaf Hoop
LANDSCAPE HAND EMBROIDERED HOOP
I am passionate about using recycled elements for my work as I do believe we must all get better at using what we have rather than creating a throw-away society. The background fabric in this piece was an old bed sheet, any rips or imperfections in the sheet just add to the history of the piece and the unique design. I have coloured the background and used fabric scraps to add texture along with hand embroidery. If you would like to create this yourself, have a look at my workshop page for details.
3 CHRISTMAS HOOPS
Inspired by delicate snowflakes, I have made a set of 3 small hoops. Each one has an embroidered snowflake design embellished with beads on the front with a smaller motif and beading on the back. I hand dyed the fabrics using a resist dye technique so each one is unique. If you want to learn how to make these yourself, please have a look at my Workshops page.
3 x 3’’ hoops
£25 for a set of 3
This piece was inspired by contours of scaffolding on a building. I have abstracted it using paint, printing and mark making. I have recycled some silver foil and stitched my hand made metal sequins, added free machine embroidery to follow the lines and stitch blocks of colour to create a more balanced feel.
I believe art takes on a new, interesting quality when recycled elements are added - these can then be seen in a completely new way when taken out of their usual context. It helps us to look at the quality and properties of the materials being used.
30 x 30cm framed piece.