Embroidered photographs

I saw one of Melissa Zexter’s sewn photographs one day and just thought – I’ve got to do that. Since then I’ve seen many others including Hinke Schreuder’s work. It is very contemplative to hand sew.

Safe Passage

Safe Passage, 2014, 16″ x 24″
CQ University collection

The lighthouse in the photograph is the Bruny Island Light in Tasmania. The sewing pattern is based on channel markers. When I first started sailing there was no GPS – ones location was determined by compass bearings from channel markers, lighthouses and prominent landmarks.

Portrait of a leaf – embellished


Portrait of a leaf – embellished, 2016, 12″ x 16″

My other embroidered photographs all have an overall pattern stitched on to them. This time I decided to let the image dictate the flow of the stitches.


Lady of Monastir


This was my first embroidered photograph. It is about A4 size. We spent a winter at Monastir, Tunisia, in 1994, on our boat Burramys. That is when I took the photograph. I was intrigued by the wall painted in a tile pattern. It was just luck that the lady in the sifsari walked into the picture. The embroidered pattern came much later, but the design was taken from the large area of paving surrounding Habib Boughuiba’s tomb.