Prices start at £300 for something bijoux and discreet (150 x 150 stitches), rather like a penthouse in Mayfair, but really the sky is the limit should you feel the sudden, urgent desire to clad the walls of your castle with a Long Dog of Bayeux tapestry proportions although the vast majority of commissions tend to come in somewhere between £400-£500 for a piece approximately 350 x 350 stitches give or take a couple. That's the heavy sell over so onto the pictures ...
This black beauty is called Lou's Dream and is my first designing trip to
the antipodes. It features all sorts of kritters from Australia as well as
my imagination and the house in the top left hand corner was worked
from photo's supplied by the client. Rats in Oz are on the large size
and the family cat Nev is in for a nasty surprise when he turns round!
This commission came from a little closer to home and my brief was to
include a depiction of the great god Pan together with a special verse
and all the family pets.
A quick hop across the pond to the USA. The clue's in the big American
eagle down at the bottom although there are European touches and lots
else besides with each individual motif being of special significance
to the proud owner.
This little project is a cover for an A5 notepad so, you see, these
designs don't just have to be for samplers to decorate the walls
of your country seat.
The Cassidy Cat's Home - this one was a bit of a jigsaw to piece together as I initially worked from photo's of the cottage taken from all angles, photo's of the cats in a multitude of poses and a few traditional motifs thrown in for good measure. Sadly the only survivor now is the one bottom right as a good few sachets of Whiska's have passed through their bowls since this design was created.
The words went something like this - "The wedding's in six weeks time so I need something quick and simple." And I replied, slightly breathlessly two days later - "Voila!" Job done.
It's not only sailors who stitch you know. This design for the top of a foot stool/box was done for an old soldier from my grandfather's regiment (the Seaforth Highlanders). All I had to go on was a small, black and white print and the rest of the detail, such as verification of the colours and motto, was done via the internet. God bless Google! I liked it so much I did one for myself too.
A good many of my patrons are shy about coming forward so it's not possible to show every commission that I've undertaken over the years - this is just a sample to whet your appetite. Despite a global recession my order book is slowly beginning to fill up so don't leave it too long, the clock is ticking, and I shan't be around forever - although I'm not planning on going anywhere for a while yet - I hope!