The Stitched Bird.

Judy T Clayton

“ Textile embroidery jewellery - driftwood and silver jewellery -”

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About The Stitched Bird.

The Stitched Bird.

Creater of wearable art bespoke jewellery adornment.

Tales of adornment - The stitched bird - a journey of embroidered and painted enchantments.
I began creating textiles and painted silk to sell in 1986, after studying at weekends from the age of eleven in 1971 at Farnham Art College, where learnt many dyeing and printing processes including indigo, rust and discharge dyeing, on a Foundation course for a few years and then Cumbria College of Art & Design, then started exhibiting at Designer Craft Fairs, Trade Fairs, Galleries and Shops. I have publications in books on how to make jewellery and painted silk garments.
My jewellery embroideries are invented, designed and developed by me and are a unique form of machine stitched sculptural textile which I shrink and mould into shapes creating a colourful iridescent quality. The virtual weightlessness of the material allows me the freedom to make elaborate pieces which are light to wear. The surfaces of the jewellery pieces may be embellished with hand embroidery or applique with painted silks and velvets which have devore, discharge and cut-work.
I did take a few years off when my daughter was growing up. Then sucessfully made and sold driftwood mirrors for six years as I live by the sea. Only now am I getting back to selling my embroidered and painted textiles although during the gap I was still experimenting doing quilt hanging and wall art.

My brooches for the moss collection are inspired by the beautiful wild forests of Finland. Beads, goldwork or lace and vintage materials also adorn the surfaces. These jewellery embroideries are applied onto beaten brass with a verdigris patina applied.

In my new collection I create bugle beads (long bead) wrapped with silk threads; painted/batik silk and swarovski beads hanging from these are fimo/celnit clay forms which are painted; adorned with pigment and colour, gold/metal leaf and verdigris patina. The wire I use for these is Niobium or sterling silver for pierced ears.
My garments are made from crepe-de-chine silk or silk/linen, silk/cotton, silk/rayon velvet use a range of techniques: painting, screen printing, stencilling, discharge, devore and resist. I mostly paint and print with procion dye. The garments are then steamed, washed and dryed before sewing. Hems and sleeve edges are all hand-stitched for quality.

My silk garments are in my new Etsy shop at the moment but I am considering having them on Folksy too: