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!


  • Love how your designs and processes are evolving. So inspiring. Happy to follow your new blog!

    Theresa Merkling
  • It’s lovely to take this creative journey with you Rita.

    Doreen Dyer

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