The words Shetland and Scotland caught my eye as I skimmed an article in TextileArtist.org because I have a crush on Jimmy Perez, the detective in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland mysteries. After I looked at the photos of machine embroidery by Shona Skinner, who lives on Yell in the Shetlands, I investigated her work further.
The interview with Skinner centers on the creation of a small (15 cm by 11 cm or 6 by 4.33 inches) free motion machine embroidered seascape called “Low Winter Sky,” inspired by the aftermath of a big storm. I was impressed at the amount of preparation that went into the piece. She doesn’t just stitch over a photograph. Skinner says, ” I did several drawings and samples of layering fabrics before I started the piece plus I had photos to remind me of the day.”
Her creation process begins with a base of organdies fused to calico. The fusible stiffens the work enough no hoop is needed.
The photo above really shows the scale of Skinner’s work. Note she works without a foot.
Here are other works by Skinner that caught my eye.