Jen Goodwin: Traditionally Trained Artisan Embroiderer & RSN Tutor
Jen Goodwin is our guest today on the Stitchery Stories embroidery podcast. Jen shares her very interesting story as she has developed her embroidery skills, including being a Royal School of Needlework Tutor & Assessor.
Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see some images of Jen’s work.
Jen has a studio based at Walford Mill Crafts, Wimbourne, Dorset and shares some great insights into the value of having other creative makers and specialists working in the same location, in different disciplines. She also shares aspects of the book she is working on!
Susan Weeks chats with Jen:
- Writing a Blackwork book
- Designing modern blackwork
- When sewing is more of a ‘proper job’ than maths or science!
- Teaching & assessing at the Royal School of Needlework
- Being inspired by other onsite makers at Walford Mill
- The many benefits of working in a supportive creative environment
- The technical elements of blackwork shading
- Her love of ‘fiddly’ goldwork
- The challenge of colours and texture when silk shading
- Enjoyment in showing that pieces can have a modern twist to them yet be technically accurate traditional techniques
- The joys of educating people about embroidery techniques and what can be achieved with fabric & thread
- Thinking ‘I wonder what will happen if…’
- Things DO go wrong, and unpicking is very human and very normal
- Only you know what it is supposed to look like
- Be confident in what you have created… No Backstories!
- Don’t fret over those UFO’s or feel guilty if you actually start working on one again 🙂
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