Meetings of groups had to take place over Zoom and while that filled a small part of my needs it wasn't enough to inspire me with new projects. Then I signed up to Stitch Club run by TextileArtist.org. I have been on their mailing list for years and thoroughly enjoy the range of in-depth features on textile artists around the world. So when Stitch Club was launched I signed up. And am so glad I did.
Workshops are posted online, with clear instructions and requirements lists, as well as examples of works by the artists. There is a forum for works to be shared, advice sought and comments made - a lovely sense of community and connection despite the pandemic.
So far I have made pieces inspired by Mandy Pattullo, Anne Kelly, Cas Holmes, Vinny Stapley and Sabine Kaner, to name but a few. It is always a challenge to ensure that techniques are used in your own way and I think I have succeeded with these examples. On we go with more explorations.