This piece is a thread portrait of my youngest daughter it is 41 x 49cm. It took five months to complete. In September 1995 ‘Is Tea Ready?’ was exhibited at the Five Women Artists Plus Exhibition, St Pancras old church, London. In June 1995 the piece was exhibited at the 74th Annual United Society of Artists Exhibition, Westminster Gallery, Central Hall, London and also entered into the National Needlework Championships, Ascot and Doncaster, in the same month although it was unable to be judged as it was oversized.
‘Is Tea Ready?’ was featured in a preview in the Independent Patchworker Magazine (Summer 1995).
This is a portrait of my youngest daughter. It is done on one piece of silk with a white border of velvet added on-top. The silk is silk painted then covered in free machine embroidery, it is backed with felt. This is the first piece where I attempted a portrait covered completely in embroidery. Halfway through the piece I began to better understand using light and shade in embroidery to create a 3D effect. I had difficulty creating a wood effect in front of wood as I needed to make the chair stand out from the dresser, but I wanted to include the dresser as it allowed me to add more colour with the flowers and plates in the background. The use of a large border was to help make the piece stand out however it was quite boring doing a large plain section. It is covered entirely in free machine embroidery.