I am so pleased that Sarah Homfray made the time to answer questions for our Inspirational Interview series! I met Sarah briefly last summer when at the Royal School of Needlework, Rugby Center, where she is a tutor. Sarah’s full of ideas, energy and enthusiasm as you will see when you read her interview!
Sarah completed the RSN Apprenticeship in 2006 and went on to teach the RSN Apprentices and the Certificate and Diploma students as well as undertaking freelance teaching and commissions. She has travelled extensively and has recently returned from a year in Cyprus where she gained a Diploma in Fine Art.
Inspiration from her travels often appears in her work and she believes strongly in observation and attention to detail, embroidery design being a particular area of interest. Sarah holds a Certificate in Education from the University of Greenwich and has taught in the USA and Cyprus. She has published in magazines and her book RSN Essential Stitch Guide – Silk Shading was released by Search Press in June 2011.
1. Do you have a favorite kind of needlework? If so, which kind and why?
All kinds! I don’t have one specific technique that I am drawn to particularly; I am interested in how to use different stitches and techniques to create the effect I am after. I don’t consider techniques stand-alone, I think they work best when worked in tandem with other techniques and often one will have something that compliments another well, eg. the painterly effects of silk shading with the opulence of goldwork. Hence, I have done goldwork on canvas, silk shading on denim, mixed freestyle stitching on plastic and have even stitched through clay! I like to learn new techniques all the time in order to have more knowledge at my finger tips and learning is such an exciting process. At the moment I love working on and with felt and am very interested in Indian embroidery. I love to paint and draw and these often get combined with my embroidery work.