Meredith Woolnough: Machine Embroidered Natural Specimens


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Meredith Woolnough shares her insight and techniques around the beautiful machine embroidered natural specimens she creates. They are inspired by the skeletal forms of flora and fauna, particularly those she finds on walks and scuba dives.

Meredith has specialised in working exclusively with water-soluble fabric, using machine embroidery to re-create the lacy, delicate forms she loves so much. Once embroidered, and after the fabric is washed away, Meredith then creates a more sculptural form to create her delicate 'specimens'.

Susan Weeks chats with Meredith Woolnough about:

  • Creating a series of 100 machine embroidered pieces
  • Exclusively working on water-soluble fabrics
  • Natural forms and structures are her main inspirations
  • A fine line between creating a cohesive series and getting stuck in a rut!
  • Challenge of creating the series so it all works together
  • Creating framed artworks makes them easier to sell
  • Potential purchasers of textile art are often concerned about how to care for it and display it.
  • Planning your boundaries and methods for your projects to ensure success
  • A change in scale often adds another layer of challenge
  • Liberating embroidery from it's base fabric!
  • Making scary choices
  • Matching technique, materials, and subject matter
  • Combining art, science and nature and lots of research
  • Doing the best that you can to juggle life, family and art

For this episode, View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Meredith's work at





Other things, people and places that we mentioned:

Tamworth Textile Triennial National Tour

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