Admiring these wooden samplers created by UK-based textile artist, Ali Ferguson.
The unique samplers are inspired by â€œstories from the sewing boxâ€. A huge fan of junk shops and markets she creates the patterns using vintage fabrics, hand embroidered table linens, lace and a variety of found materials. On an interview with Textile Artist she says this about her work:
â€œAlthough I would describe myself as a textile artist, I work with a variety of materials. I always incorporate hand stitch into my pieces and I think, for me, this is one of the most important elements. There is something very personal about making your own mark with needle and thread.â€
â€¨â€œMy choice of materials is influenced by my theme. For example a couple of years ago I was part of an exhibiting group who were working towards an exhibition entitled â€œEnvironmentâ€. I chose to explore this by working with driftwood and exploring how I could stitch into it, stitch pieces of wood together and transfer photographic images onto it. This was the start of my â€œEnvironmentalsâ€ series of driftwood pieces. I am currently back working with wood as I am just starting a series of â€œPatchwood Quiltsâ€ or samplers made from bed slats. This is exciting me greatly and I have loads of further developments buzzing around my head at the moment.â€
â€œAs to techniques â€“ letâ€™s just say that these current pieces involve a great deal of drilling!â€
Images: Courtesy of Ali Ferguson.