Victoria Mathewson

I am a self taught embroidery artist who has been sewing since about the age of 10. I live in a tiny village in South Wales, however I was born in Buckinghamshire and brought up on the South Coast of England. I studied art at A-level and then went on to study drama at Guildford School of Acting. When I met my husband I decided I wanted the stable life that couldn’t be found in acting. We now live in Wales with our two beautiful girls.

My work concentrates on the flora and fauna of the British Isles, especially the insects that can often be overlooked. There is such beauty to be found in a garden spider if we take the time to look.

I enjoy embroidering with silk floss thread, size 12 embroidery needles and a good magnifying lamp. However, you can embroider using many different types of thread and fabric doesn’t need to be expensive, I sometimes use plain calico. The only thing I would say that you definitely need is patience.

I tend to use a needle painting technique (thread painting or silk shading if you prefer) however, there is no hard and fast rule to my style, I would encourage people to just pick up a needle and go with whatever feels natural. find a subject that inspires you and just play.


The sewing shed


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