She had seen my work on line and asked if I was interested in exhibiting in an exhibition to be held at Noyes Museum, New Jersey, which she was gong to curate.
The exhibition was to feature exhibits by textile artists inspired by scientific themes, "Scientifically Stitched".
Now, a year or so later, I have completed a further set of French knot embroideries inspired by lichen on Cotswold limestone walls. The design is one which started out as a large appliqué wall hanging nearly 10 years ago, but over the years I have used elements of it in different pieces of work, experimenting with various techniques.
Each embroidery is around 5 inches square and has around 10,000 little knots stitched in it. Further textures have been added by wrapping and stitching beads, jewelry jump rings and washers.
Cotton, linen, viscose and silk threads have been used. Some are commercially available threads - stranded cottons and perle and some I have dyed myself when doing a batch of cloth, so the colours are variegated.
The embroideries are now washed and stretched to straighten them up and I've laced them over heavy duty mount board ready to frame.
A friend will be taking them to the US with her in November and the exhibition will be running from May 20 th to September 11th 2016.
Noyes Museum of Art - Oceanville, New Jerseywww.noyesmuseum.org/