Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Stitch in Time - Chris Sexton

My layout focuses on a longstitch tapestry I did many years ago which I had framed and now hangs in my house.

I tried to recreate the background of the tapestry for my photo to sit in by machine stitching and hand stitching contour lines of the ground, treeline and sky. I then used inks and Pan Pastels to colour the different areas.

I created the tree trunk by wet embossing corrugated card, then glued some wadding and green fabric scraps to cardstock for the foliage. I used blanket stitch to highlight the shapes.

My title is stitched, then outlined with a zig marker. "A stitch in time" refers to the fact that I did the tapestry a while ago, as well as highlighting the subject of the piece, which is an old Australian homestead.
I really like stitching on layouts. It adds texture and definition and fabric adds another dimension. I hope you like my layout. Cheers.


  1. The thought and workmanship that has gone into your layout is fantastic Chris! Each element works so well creating an elegant layout that illustrates your enjoymnet of stitching. Thank you for joining in at the ARTastic Challenge Blog this month.

  2. What a work of art - fabulous! Your long stitch tapestry turned out a treat! Well done for all the work you have done on your layout! Thanks for joining in this month at ARTastic!

  3. Christ the page that you have created is amazing, the detail you created with fabric and other materials is wonderful. Thank you so much for joining in on this months Artastic challenge and sharing your page with us

  4. Chris this is just a wonderful page. There is so much detail and care taken in creating your work. Truly inspiring.

  5. You have created 2 beautiful pieces of work, your longstitch and your page. Love all the stitching and the look it gives you page. A lot of work well done. Thanks for joining in our challenge at ARTastic.

  6. Just marvellous work Chris!! Love your homely longstitch and then to add a photo to this marvelous artwork is just outstanding! Such amazing work!! I am stunned really, your tree and distant hills are divine!!
    Thank you for joining us this month at ARTastic with such a masterpiece.