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Collective Stitches Exhibition

Collective Stitches is an touring exhibition that brings together Dionne Swift’s embroidery students from across the world.

Last year, I realised that whilst work with lots of amazing people from all over the world, I rarely get to meet with them face to face.  I’d been working with Eva Albrektsson for many years, through a variety of online workshops.  When I finally met Eva it was like meeting a long lost relative, it felt so wonderful to connect in person…and so a plan was formed!

“It’s hard to express yourself when English isn’t your first language but I just want to say that I’m so impressed about your efforts Dionne making this come true. You are a great teacher and I hope to be one of her student again soon. So thank you!” Eva Albrektsson [Sweden]

2018 Tour dates:

13th & 14th January Sala Polifunzionale, Tornareccio, Abruzzo, Italy
1st – 4th March Spring Knitting and Stitching show, Olympia, London
2nd May – Hawar, Oldeberkoop, Netherlands www.hawar.nl
11th – 14th October Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London
8th – 11th November Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin, Ireland
22nd – 25th November Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire

2019 Tour dates:

11th – 19th April Fibre Arts Summer School, Ballarat Grammar, Ballarat, Victoria, NSW, Australia
2nd – 9th July Fibre Arts Winter School, Ballarat Grammar, Ballarat, Victoria, NSW, Australia

I have 5 pairs of complimentary tickets available for the Spring Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia worth £27 a pair [exc. Sat. entry]

If you’d like to win tickets then please share the this page on any social media platform – tag me using @dionneswift or #dionneswift : let me know where you’ve shared it and I shall add you into the hat..and I’ll be in touch with the winners on 22nd February 2018 – there’s a set of sharing buttons at the base or LHS of the page 🙂 Many thanks & good luck!

“A great learning curve – Thank you Dionne for giving us this unique opportunity to ‘wade out into deep water and reach new shores'” Jennifer Mary Lehm [Denmark]

Collective Stitches "Evidence" by Case Rawlings
“Evidence” by Case Rawlings[UK]

I contacted all the students who had completed intensive embroidery workshops with me, over recent years and set them the challenge to create heavy machine embroidered pieces: some managed one, some two, others three…such intense embroidery is physically much tougher than you think and for many these are the largest pieces of this nature that they have produced thus far.

“Your enthusiasm for FME is infectious, Dionne! Being part of Collective Stitches has been such a great inspiration, allowing me to push my practice much further than I would have ever dared before. Thank you.” Allison James [UK]

If you would like to join one of my embroidery workshops [online or face to face] you can select and book HERE

“Dionne is one of the most inspiring people with whom I have had the pleasure to work –
she teaches by example, with clear demonstrations, lots of smiles and delicious home made cake –
I just can’t resist joining her workshops whenever I get the chance.
Collective Stitches was an inspired “off the wall” idea to get us all together even if only “on the wall”, let’s hope many of us meet face to face at the exhibitions.”  
Brenda Howell  [Wales]

My only stipulations for this exhibition were that the piece/s needed to be 30cm square, unframed and covered in stitches.  They were to but into practice the various different skills I’d taught them and a collection of stitched works started to arrive with the postman

“During the Dionne’s online courses, students from all over the world share their work and build virtual friendships….this exhibition builds on the camaraderie of learning and stitching together and allows others to enjoy the works produced by students across the globe.….” Maggie Rastall [UK]

There is a beautiful A4, 48 page full colour publication to support the exhibition available HERE 

Pre-order before the end of February and receive a signed copy: available to post from early March 2018

Collective Stitches "Between the Land and the Sea" Maggie Dunne
“Between the Land and the Sea” Maggie Dunne [UK]

“It was definitely a great challenge for me as I had never done anything in that size in FME before. And I must say I was really impressed with myself as I had shown to myself what I can achieve if I just persevere!” Annegret Mingles-Boos [Germany]

Featuring: Agatha Lee [Singapore], Alice Hutchinson [UK], Allison James [UK], Ann Toplis [Netherlands], Anna Osborne [UK], Annegret Mingels-Boos [Germany], Brenda Howell [UK], Bryony Downing [UK], Carol Collingwood [UK], Carolyn Patel [UK], Cass Rawlings [UK], Chris Hussey [Tasmania], Denise Lithgow [Australia], Ellen Francke [Netherlands], Elly van Elp Bosscha [Netherlands], Eva Albrektsson [Sweden], Fiona Smith [Ireland], Gillian Collins [UK], Jackie Cooper [Australia], Jacqueline Venus [Canada], Janet Vance [UK], Jennifer Mary Lehm [Denmark], Jo Westenberg [New Zealand], Joan Hornett [UK], Joanna Mcdonald [UK], Linda Stokes [Australia], Maggie Dunne [UK], Maggie Harris [UK], Maggie Rastall [UK], Maggie Ready [UK], Margo-Lynne Lee [Australia], Maria Boyle [UK], Mariet Rankenberg [Netherlands], Rosemary Derwent [France], Sue Hutchings [UK], Tanja Kuiperi [Netherlands] and Dionne Swift [UK & Italy]

Pre-order your signed copy of the exhibition publication  HERE 

“Such an adventure! Diving into inspiration from travels, drawing, collecting threads, cajoling my machine, all the while blown away by Dionne’s generosity in organising this opportunity for us, students from all over the world. If only we knew Doctor Who in person and could visit even just one of the exhibitions!” Chris Hussey [Tasmania]