I’m Lorna (aka Stitching Creature). I’ve set up this website as a platform to share tips and tricks as well as a place for me to natter on to no one in particular.
So here’s a little about me.
I found embroidery in 2016. It all started when I stumbled upon a needle, thread and an old Gap denim jacket. Bored of the plain acid wash denim, I decided to outline the seams of the jacket with lemon yellow thread. I didn’t separate out the strands, no, I just jumped straight in there with a six thread strand of floss. I did a shoddy job of running stitch all around my jacket. It completely ruined the jacket, don’t get me wrong, BUT it opened my eyes to the possibility of customisation of clothes. A couple of months later, I embarked on my first ever ‘proper’ embroidery piece. I went to a second-hand shop and picked up an old M&S suede trimmed denim jacket for £2.99. Equipped with nothing but of piece of chalk, a blunt rusty needle and a couple of strands of white and red thread, I started my first project. Three days later, a Pink Floyd covered jacket emerged. Inspired by the album ‘The Wall’, I embroidered some white bricks on the back of the jacket along with the lyrics of ‘Another Brick in the Wall’. I completed it with lyrics around the pockets and collar, and it was done!
I didn’t discover the magic of the embroidery hoop until 6 months later. After that, there was no stopping me. After practising some more, I set up my small shop on Depop called ‘Oxalis Clothing’. All I sold was plain Fruit of the Loom tshirts with small embroidered flower designs on them. It was a bit slow at first, I only sold a tshirt every two weeks. Then, as I got better at my designs, it picked up. I started to sell tshirts every day, and within 8 months I had sold 100 tshirts.
I have Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of Autism) which means I have intense but short periods of obsessive hobbies. So, eventually I got bored of embroidering tshirts and decided to take to embroidering art pieces. And here I am. Embroidering badgers smoking pipes and parrots looking in mirrors.
I’ll be back soon.
Thanks for reading,