When I was reading Lynne Gill's Textile Treasury blog I was fascinated by Lynne's Janet Bolton style pieces - and wasn't surprised to read of Janet's influence. I'm quite envious that Lynne had the opportunity to go to a Janet Bolton workshop and was really pleased she agreed to write about her experience here.
Over to Lynne from Textile Treasury...
I wasn’t in the best of health at the time, and had been experiencing a two-year long ‘falling out’ with everything stitchy. Eventually a good friend took me to task, said I’d been messing about with paper and paint for too long, and hauled me off to a Janet Bolton 2-day workshop in the pretty Northants village of Oundle.
The two days passed by delightfully, we stitched tranquilly, shared food and drink, got the undivided attention of this incredibly talented and amiable woman, and left well pleased with our endeavours. I actually finished mine when I returned home – which is quite unusual for me. Since then I have become hooked on making these small stitcheries; many of them are from Janet’s books, but I gradually became confident enough to begin designing my own. Granted, they are still recognizable as Janet Bolton style, her work is so popular it is recreated endlessly. However, I like to think that I am slowly developing my own style.
Lynne, thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. The pieces you're designing yourself are a definite "moving on" aren't they? They're retaining the Janet Bolton influence but you're putting more of yourself into them - I love them.
Visit Lynne's blog to see more of her work.