Parkville, MO. USA. 64152
Freedom of Stitch: Where Art & Craft Meet Stitch™ is the online
home for Mixed Media Embroidery with Victoria Crowder Payne.
Whether you are an artist, quilter, crafter, dabbler, or just
curious, it's time to see your supplies with new eyes™! Whether
you’re just starting to explore the possibilities of stitch, or
you’ve been around the fabric a few times, there is always a little
room to get Fearless with your creativity.
Armed with the Fearless Stitcher Tutorials at the Hand Embroidery
Network (& regionally in the Midwest, USA), you can try
something new, or refine something old. All of the workshops are
designed around a central principle such as developing a diverse
series (Metamorphostitch™), creating an on-going journal around a
theme (Stitcher’s Garden Book), or fully exploring a single motif
(6 Stitched She’s). Technique based single tutorials address
specific tools or approaches (“Metallics & Wire Work for Hand
Embroidery”, and “Thread Salad™ - the Stitcher’s Buffet”, and
"Figure Stitching"). Technical prompts in every lesson encourage
experimenting with base layers including using watercolor and
acrylic paint, stamps/stencils, rubbings, collage, and transfers.
Adding dimension is also encouraged by exploring floss, fiber,
metallics, and other materials such as feathers, metals & mesh,
wire work, pressed botaniclas, recycled/found objects and much
With Freedom of Stitch, the objective is always Be Inspired, Be
Fearless, & GO stitch up the place!
For ten years I’ve advocated “Writing Without a Net” at the Kansas
City Art Institute (USA), and have had the privilege of teaching
students locally and online to catch fire when they see the
possibilities of exploring image, text, mixed media and stitch.
I’ve shepherded and witnessed a momentum toward mixed media stitch
that not only holds artist's and crafter's attention today, but is
spawning a whole new generation of loyal, enthusiastic makers. In
the tradition of thousands of years of stitching, we are each
continuing the rich tradition of hand work, but with the tools and
opportunities of the modern world, it is time to mix media and
stitch with our sense of adventure as a guide to tell the story of
the way WE see the world. Freedom of Stitch and the Fearless
Stitcher tutorials are built for this all-ages revolution.
Personal projects include:
Creating a video series chronicling the creation of the companion
to my Mandrake. The WO-mandrake will measure 4ftX5ft and be mixed
media embroidery on unbleached muslin featuring dimensional work,
reverse embroidery, and wire work.
Developing a community public embroidery project which will engage
Kansas City citizens with stitching by having them “put their
needle on the record” and document their lives on a fabric map in
Liz Kueneke’s tradition.
Completing a book length guide to Fearless Stitch.
Developing Personal Art Coaching cyber-seminar for starting the
fearless stitcher’s artistic engines!
Keeping the dog from chewing all the embroidery floss in the studio