Background information on this ancient style of embroidery technique from Kelley Aldridge
Kelley Aldridge has completed a 3-part workshop for us on stumpwork. We will show these workshops over the coming weeks.
Kelley graduated from the Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship and launched RSN Bristol. Since then she has taught a variety of Day Classes and the RSN Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery. She is now the Future Tutors Administrator, managing the Future Tutor students and learning programme.
Kelley wrote the RSN Raised Embroidery book published by Search Press in 2017.
She is also involved in a number of conservation and restoration projects. Recent restoration work has included the Redcliffe Cope for St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol and several 18th century samplers.
Artists Statement from Kelley Aldridge ….
My work reflects my passion for stitching by hand – putting thread to needle and needle to fabric. I am inspired by the flowing shapes of the natural world as well as the amazing beauty of the human form. Taking great time and care, I create intricately stitched pieces using diverse materials including silk and gold, linen and leather, employing techniques that are often hundreds of years old.
Historically, embroidery has always played an important role in marking significant events, and I hope that by exploring the symbolism and sacredness in everyday life today, this enchanting art form will find new opportunities and a growing audience.
I welcome private commissions from individuals or groups and hope to be exhibiting through a small number of specialist galleries throughout Britain in the near future. I also teach a number of traditional embroidery techniques as well as offering talks on various aspects of the art.