Amina K. is a young Russian embroiderer, generous and enthusiastic. I asked her a few questions about her work, failing to be able to meet her face to face!
I started embroidering in 2014 with the ribbon technique. To decorate the background of my embroidery, I started with a few surface stitches, with the help of online tutorials: stem stitch and simple loops. I had a lot of fun there and I gradually explored the other stitches.
Initially, it was just a matter of decorating a ribbon embroidery, but very quickly I found myself having a passion for surface embroidery. I still sometimes work with ribbons, but it was the embroidery floss that won me over.
I didn’t really feel the change taking place. I’ve always done things with my own hands: cutting, quilting, making soap … But they were hobbies. On the contrary, embroidery really entered my life as a friend: you could even say that today I am “married” to it!
I consider myself to be an aspiring embroidery artist. I hope that one day I can make it my job.
I always have a notebook with me, a piece of paper on which I draw my ideas. I don’t have a fixed process: sometimes I apply the colors immediately, sometimes they come while embroidering. It’s the same with the stitches I use: sometimes I have in mind the technique I’m going to use when I draw, sometimes not.
I love the warm, soft colors of the earth. But I’m also always trying out new colors and pattern combinations!
I don’t really have a favorite technique but at the moment I am working on what I call fine surface embroidery, with 1 or 2 strands of thread. I really like the long and short stitches but I don’t call my work “needle painting” because I’m not looking for a realistic effect, or imitating painting.
I would like to explore Crewel embroidery and stumpwork as well as gold embroidery. I only put my fingertips on the first ones, but I hope I can quickly dive into them quickly. On the other hand, I am not able to do several things at the same time, so you need a little patience.
I had a serious eye problem one night when I was embroidering in bad light. For 2-3 months I did not dare to touch a needle. I was very scared. It is important to know how to listen to yourself, to your body, even in your passion!
There are a lot of interesting artists out there, and I have a soft spot for Trish Burr and Hazel Blompkamp. Their books were the first to join my library. I also really like Sadako Totsuk* and Kazuko Aoki **, which I encourage you to discover.
Mary Corbet’s marvelous site is a very rich resource for learning about basic equipment and techniques.
And of course, my site is at your disposal (in English).
Various motifs taught by Amina K.
The content of this site is free and is not damaged by un-welcomed publicity. I do this work with love and passion but it requires a lot of time. I would like to continue to offer a wider market to our artists, to show how embroidery is a wonderful art. But I do need a little bit of help. If you feel like it, you can participate with a little donation to help me continue. I will be so grateful! Thank you! Claire