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Embroidery Virtuosa

The English countryside inspires fiber artist Sue Rangley

Threads #207, Feb./March 2020
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Many artists—from painters to photographers and embroiderers—strive to capture the beauty of nature in their medium. Sue Rangeley creates visions in thread. She grew up surrounded by lush fields in rural England and her designs mimic flowers, leaves, and other elements of nature. Her pieces have been featured in museums and private collections around the world. Published in 2010, her book, Embroidered Originals (d4daisy Books), showcases some of her favorite works and examines the techniques she used to create them. See more of her stitchery at SueRangeley.co.uk. Threads asked Sue about her inspirations and designs. In addition to her answers, Sue provides a technique for free-motion-stitching lacy leaves.

Sue Rangeley: The craft of embroidery caught my imagination at an early age, when an aunt showed me her sewing boxes bursting with threads and fabrics. She taught me the first stitches. By the age of 10, my…

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