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Ruth O'Leary Textile Art

I'm an embroiderer and textile artist based in Sunderland, North East England. I mostly use traditional techniques, but in a contemporary way, and particularly love goldwork, appliqué, and split stitch.

I specialise in hand-embroidered pieces, from large, bold panels and hangings to small, detailed pictures, though I also produce free machine embroidered panels and vessels.

I am particularly known for 3D pieces, especially in goldwork embroidery, but also including hand-made slip cases for books, each one uniquely tailored to the book it contains.

Artist Statement:   I am a largely self-taught embroiderer and textile artist based in the North East of England. I am particularly interested in the ways in which centuries-old hand embroidery skills can be used in the modern day, especially the use of medieval Opus Anglicanum techniques. As such, I use its principle techniques – goldwork and finely shaded split stitch – in my own contemporary designs. This requires considerable craft skill, an eye for detail, and a good deal of patience! I also enjoy the challenges of hand-finished machine embroidery for larger-scale pieces, but the beauty and versatility of metal thread embroidery will always be my first love.

Location:  Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, UK
Blog: Ruth O'Leary Textile Art
Membership: Embroiderers' Guild
Social Media: Hand Embroidery Network
Language spoken: English

"Kate's Crow" by Ruth O'Leary

Tags:  Gold work, metal thread embroidery, surface embroidery, dimensional work, sculptural

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