Loving the waves!


For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by all the colours you can see in the sea and how the white horses break the blues and greens up into scrumptious stripes.

Seascape6-Lilibet Stanley It’s the designer in me that loves to see the world through colour and pattern!

Seascape4-Lilibet StanleyFor me, late afternoon is the best time to go down to the beach to be inspired. I’ve heard early mornings are great also but I’m not by nature an early-riser!!

Seascape3-Lilibet StanleySlightly stormy afternoons and the sea goes all mean and moody with dark, slate tones.

Seascape2-Lilibet StanleyThe sun setting and all sorts of pastel colours come to play with pale pinks, salmons, baby blue with a hint of green.

wave embroidery1-Lilibet StanleyI thought I would show you some of my textile work I have done over the years based on waves and the sea. This embroidery was based upon a sketch that I did of Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, England, many moons ago when I was young, free and single and I could spend time sitting, sketching and observing.

wave embroidery-Lilibet StanleyI tried to create the movement of the pounding waves against the beach by using frayed silks and net loose for emphasis!

close up of wave embroidery-Lilibet StanleyI used many different techniques including Free-Machine Embroidery, French Knots, running stitch and trapping bits of fabric to create a sumptuous, rich carpet of colour in tones of turquoise, aquas, slates and indigos. Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are a strong influence in my textile embroidery work.

porthmeor beach-Lilibet StanleyMy sketch of Porthmeor Beach! I remember sitting on The Island with waves crashing beneath me and my view was the busyness of Porthmeor beach with the waves crashing and children playing in the sand, whilst I painted in peace. St Ives is a beautiful place and a great place to paint!

close up of porthmeor beach-Lilibet StanleyI have never managed to finish the embroidery off to include the houses a long the beach- jobs, children and other projects came along! One of my many unfinished projects!

I’ve enjoyed sharing with you my love of the sea and how I have interpreted it in textiles.

Until next time.





Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas Everyone!! I hope you are almost ready for the big day!! Do you like my Merry Bunting I made? aswell as my Lilibet Decoration? My table cloth was a lovely prezzie from my lovely Mum a few years ago from John Lewis. Oh, how I miss going for a mooch in John Lewis especially at Christmas time!!

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I know I have been a bit quiet recently with my blog, I have been struggling to combine work and homelife, since I put a lot of effort into my exhibition at Ashgrove Library. If you want to still see my exhibition, it will be on until about the 30th/31st December.

2014 has been a year of learning for me especially about social media!!! Instagram is my favourite form, I have managed to keep up my Instagram posts so if you have been missing me, check me out there! I have a huge thanks to make to a dear friend who has given up her time to help me with social media and give me confidence when I have felt discouraged.

I hope that 2015 will bring more regular posts from me, especially when school goes back!

Wishing you a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year!



Upcycling Embroidery

Last week, I mentioned that I love using bits and pieces that I have collected and giving them a new lease of life -chocolate wrappers, tiny bits of fabric, kitchen roll paper, small bits of Vliesofix that I have left over from applique work. One piece of work that I produced a few years ago highlights what I am talking about. Here is the story about it!

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I get so excited over rust, rust is beautiful with all the colours and texture!

Rust inspiration - Lilibet Stanley

As soon as I saw this old rusty post box at my friend’s house, I thought that I would have to get to work using my threads and bits of fabrics!

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I could see encrusted french knots where the flaky rust was disintegrating. I love french knots especially on mass!

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Lots of little bits of fabrics including silk, velvet, organza are trapped down by free machine embroidery using metallic threads with washers, sequins, beads which are embellished on top.

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Paper and painted Vliesofix are layered over the little bits of fabric. By adding french knots and detached chain stitch in various thickness of threads, helps to give an encrusted, rich quality.

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I love the texture of bubbled-up chocolate wrappers with a coating of non-tarnishing wax gilt.By holding chocolate wrappers over a candle in a well-ventilated room and using a face mask, it crinkles up which creates the look of rust peeling (Be careful not to burn the fabric, your hands or even your house!) .

The work by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn has been a big influence in my free-machine embroidery work. Please check them out at http://doubletrouble-ent.com/, their work is amazing!

Well until next time.