Harriet Riddell: Free motion stitching as you’ve never seen it before!

Harriet Riddle Stitched portraits

We’ve just discovered the work of free-motion embroidery artist Harriet Riddell – the textile artist with an eye for machine-stitched portraits has travelled the world with her machine, sewing her subjects as she interacts with them. Harriet will be exhibiting her work at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show and we’re looking forward to seeing her unique portraits in the flesh.

Main photo credit: © The Bristol Mag – from their great feature on Harriet’s Bristol Institchyou project

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Harriet specialises in is using her trusty sewing machine to illustrate people and places live with free-motion embroidery. She reveals that interaction and hidden details are key to her work.  Her stitching travels have taken her all around the world, pitching up in challenging locations from the slums of Nairobi to the tea fields of the Himalayas. Through free motion stitching, she captures her surrounding environment and the people she meets. And we thought we had a few skills when it came to free-motion stitching! Now we’re inspired to see what else we can achieve with this technique!

Harriet’s work has been exhibited in London, Delhi, Nairobi, Toronto, Paris and Hong Kong.

You can see Harriet’s latest exhibition at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, taking place at London Olympia from 2nd – 5th March. Quote our special offer code SSEW to get £2* off your ticket. To book tickets, visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com. As well as getting to see Harriet’s portraits, the show is a great place to shop for supplies and learn new skills!

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