Somehow circles keep reappearing in my work, and this project is no exception.

The circle templates have been cut out from an old file folder; as you know I like to reuse and recycle as much as possible in my art and business practice!

Having said that, the red fabrics are new, only because I couldn’t find the right shade of red otherwise.

slow stitching wip by rita summers

I love to include mending too, as a feature not just as a useful technique. This piece of fabric had just the right tears in it to fulfil that purpose!

slow stitching wip by rita summers

slow stitching wip by rita summers

I also make it a priority to incorporate vintage fabrics, the more worn the better as far as I’m concerned.

This project is no exception, and features an old cotton tablecloth, parts of a large embroidered doiley and a piece of damask curtain, which have all been naturally dyed with leaves and rusty bits and pieces.

I am often drawn to old and cast-off materials for my work - they inspire me!


  • Muchas gracias. ?Como puedo iniciar sesion?

  • Beautiful work!!

    Barbara Burkard
  • Rita I love your work! Love recicling old fabrics and embroideries!! Dye…Ecoprint on cotton, silk, wool… You are “inspiratión”…Musa

    Ana Maria Viviani
  • Thanks so much everyone! I’m really loving the process 🌸😊

    Rita Summers
  • Mending an old table cloth and creating A new cloth sounds a wonderful project, love the introduction of burnt red tone into the eco dyed fabric.


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