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A May Queen

a larger original embroidery artwork

this is a larger and rather special - highly detailed - embroidery

Using my sewing machine as a drawing tool, I have created this elaborate scene.... a central figure, a May Queen, stands before a backdrop of dreaming figures and intricate worlds.... There are many dreaming faces in this piece and I hope you will enjoy discovering...

My starting point for this work was the folklore of May Queens and the rituals of English maypoles and spring time..... I wanted to make nods and hints at, whilst keeping my own style and way of visual storytelling. Here are dreaming characters in their elaborate worlds of mystery, history and memory. Once I had begun starting on the main figure, I knew she would have colour but that the backdrop would be in black stitch only - so as to give a timeless quality, as if she may be standing in front of pictures, or perhaps she has the echoes of time around her.....

Indeed, even her flowers are 'drawings' rather than 'real' or colourful flowers - for they are symbolic of her time and story. The May Queen wears a gown of blue shades and white. Many tiny dancing stitches went into this whole piece. The vintage mother of pearl buttons add something more, a little light and reflection. I think this work would be lovely framed in a deep box frame, perhaps. The piece has a pleasing textured feel.

Cotton thread stitch on hand dyed linen with black felt on the reverse side.

This work involved many hours of careful stitching.

You may wish to place this work within a frame of your choice.

A May Queen measures: 17.5 x 12cm approx - not exactly rectangular but has a gentle curved shape.

will come to you carefully packaged


many thanks for your interest in my artwork!

A May Queen - a larger original embroidery artwork


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: thread, fabric, felt, buttons
  • Ships worldwide from London, United Kingdom
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