Becky Hogg Embroidery
I studied hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) after finishing a degree in Textiles at Loughborough Art College. The skills I learn't at the RSN became an invaluable resource for me, which included techniques like Whitework, Goldwork, Crewelwork and Silk shading. On completion of the course I went on to work in the RSN studios for 9 years.
Now freelance, my main focus is producing embroidery kits and teaching. I was inspired to start making kits after I had a book published and thought it would be good to take a design from it for a kit.
My inspiration for the designs probably comes firstly, from the materials and the technique, I guess I think about the limitations of the stitches and what would work well within that. I also think each design works better if it's stylised in some way. At the moment I am looking a various wild creatures, my latest kit is a Woodpecker which has really interesting patterning on it's wing.
Becky Hogg Embroidery
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What's your favourite embroidery technique?
This has to be metal thread work, I love that it gives my designs a contemporary edge even though I am using the tradition skills and materials. It's pretty versatile too and just seems to suit the style I want for my embroidery kits.
A couple of years ago I started to combine the hard metal threads with wood veneer to create a collection of brooches. I was excited to mix mediums and try new approaches!
What's the most exciting job you've worked on?
In 2011 I was invited back to work on a client job at the Royal school of Needlework. It wasn't till I got to the school that I found out the job was to work on the lace applique for HRH Catherine Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding dress! It was so exciting but I wasn't able to tell a sole until the day of the wedding.
What other work do you do besides producing embroidery kits?
My studio is in the seaside town of Hastings in the South East of England and from my studio there I work on extremely varied and wonderful projects. When I'm not designing and producing kits I'm teaching or working on client briefs. Recently I did a textile conservation job where a 2x3m embroidered silk banner had disintagrated into small pieces and I had to support it and clean it and make usable again, hopefully to last for another 100yrs!
I've also written 2 embroidery books and I teach on the degree course at the Royal School of Needlework, so it's all very exciting!!