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About Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton is an Australian embroidery designer and publisher/author of quality whitework embroidery books. Yvette first developed a love for whitework embroidery when she learnt Hardanger in secondary school. Since then, her love for all whitework embroidery has grown exponentially!

Beginning to write books

In 2000, Yvette entered a Hardanger embroidery that she had designed and stitched in the Nordic Needle Annual Design Contest, and was fortunate to be one of the 6 winners. Subsequent to this, she wrote "Elegant Hardanger Embroidery" which was first published in 2001 by Kangaroo Press.

Following the publication of this book, Yvette was introduced to Mountmellick embroidery, and found that there was a lack of good information, so that decided what the next book was going to be about. Her twin sister, Prue Scott, an accomplished botanical artist, was enlisted as co-author for "Mountmellick Embroidery: Inspired by Nature". Yvette travelled to Ireland and England to research this book, meeting Sister Teresa Margaret McCarthy, and seeing many many beautiful examples of Mountmellick in museums. Prue designed the gorgeous patterns for this book, drawing on her knowledge and love of plants. Both Yvette and Prue stitched the projects, and Yvette wrote the stitch and knitting instructions.

Self-publishing

After having two books published by an imprint of a large, international publishing company, Yvette started to wonder whether she could possibly try self-publishing her books. As she trained as a graphic designer at uni and then worked in publishing house as a book designer for a number of years, she felt she had a good understanding of the industry.

Her first foray into self-publishing was with the revision and re-release of "Elegant Hardanger Embroidery" in 2005. It was a steep learning curve, but was successful and encouraged her to continue with Vetty Creations as a publishing venture.

Always searching for more whitework embroidery, Yvette learnt of the Ukrainian drawn thread work technique, Merezhka Poltavska at a beginners class at her local embroiderers guild. She was fascinated by this embroidery and sought to learn more. Instead of travelling to Ukraine, Yvette went to the fabulous Ukrainian Museum in New York because there she could see a wonderful range of historic examples, without the language difficulties! Photos taken at the museum are included in the resultant book "Ukrainian Drawn Thread Embroidery: Merezhka Poltavska", published in 2007 by Vetty Creations.

During 2007 she fully revised and expanded "Mountmellick Embroidery: Inspired by Nature" into a full colour book, with much more information than the original edition. This 2nd edition was released at the end of 2007/beginning of 2008.

During 2008 Yvette became quite sick with chronic fatigue syndrome. During this time Yvette was too unwell physically and mentally to be working or sewing, but as her health improved she wondered about getting to work on the left-handed stitch dictionary that she felt needed to be written. Because it could be broken up into bite-sized chunks, Yvette was able to work on small amounts when she felt up to it. During the process of writing "The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion: a step-by-step stitch dictionary" thankfully Yvette completely recovered. At the end of 2009, "The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion" was released to great acclaim.

Towards the end of Yvette's time of illness, she wrote an article on how to care for people when serious or chronic illness strikes. If this is a situation you find yourself in, you may find it a useful read.

Yvette and her family spent three months in Ethiopia at the beginning of 2010. While this did bring a bit of a break from the day to day workings of Vetty Creations, Yvette monitored the response to "The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion". She learned that right-handers were jealous of it, and so on her return to Australia, was able to complete "The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion". It was released in August 2010, and right-handers now enjoy their own companion stitch dictionary too!

Early in 2012, Yvette released her book "Portuguese Whitework: Bullion Embroidery from Guimarães". This book has been extremely popular, with its mix of drawn thread work and bullion embroidery. It is a highly textural form of embroidery, and is its own very distinct style; one that is very eye catching. Yvette travelled to Portugal to research the embroidery in its native setting - something which she finds invaluable. To see historical examples of the embroidery, as well as meeting the people still working it, really helped to ground Yvette's book in the embroidery's traditional style.

In 2013 Yvette travelled to Sardinia in Italy and was warmly welcomed by the craftspeople of Teulada, who were pleased to show her their traditional embroidery styles. Yvette enjoyed learning about Punt 'e Nù (meaning "knotted stitches" in the Sardinian language) and seeing historical and contemporary examples of the work. Yvette's book "Sardinian Knotted Embroidery: Whitework from Teulada" was released in mid 2014. In July 2014 "Sardinian Knotted Embroidery" was awarded "Craft Book of the Year" in the Australian Craft Industry Awards, judged by a panel of industry experts.

In early 2014, Yvette travelled to Norway to research traditional-style Hardanger embroidery for her next whitework book. She had seen that there was a gap in the market for a book that reintroduced people to the historical style of Hardanger, which is very different to contemporary Hardanger. "Early-Style Hardanger" was published in 2016.

Yvette timed her visit to Norway for the Hardanger book with 17th May, which is Norway's national day. She enjoyed seeing Norwegians come out in their regional costumes and parade. Because of this, she was first exposed to some of the other beautiful styles of embroidery from other regions of Norway. Smøyg, or pattern darning, was one that particularly caught her eye. After finishing the Hardanger book, Yvette travelled back to Norway, this time to research smøyg. The product of that research was "Smøyg: Pattern Darning from Norway", published in 2018; the first book ever published on that subject.

Yvette is currently working on her next book. Details will be revealed in the fullness of time.

Yvette sees herself as an embroidery historian, researching small, regional styles of embroidery and documenting them and the stitches and techniques used to make them, so that their skills can be preserved. When she writes a book, it is very important to her that she presents it as accurately as possible and in a way that makes the original custodians of the work proud of the way she has presented their precious embroidery to the world.

White Threads FlossTube channel

In early 2020, during the worldwide coronavirus crisis, Yvette decided that while in isolation and quarantine, people needed to be encouraged and to have something to look forward to. She decided to start her own FlossTube channel, White Threads FlossTube. In the videos, she shows and talks about examples of embroidery, demonstrates stitches, busts myths, reviews embroidery products and just generally has fun talking about embroidery.

"Loving your videos.....keep them coming as I love to stitch in hand and learn new techniques (well, new to me) thank you." EW
"Another great video! Your stitch demonstrations are very clear and I appreciate that :). I’m learning so much from your videos and I thank you." LB
"This was a very thought provoking video. Your videos have made me think more about my stitching and the process, and the value of testing it out before committing it to main project. Thank you." JP
"Thanks again for another wonderful demo. You make it look so easy. It is great to have these to refer back to. Like having you look over my shoulder." JP
"Brilliant video... congratulations. You are a wonderful teacher and I love that you explain things clearly." CW

Writing and designing for other publications

Yvette Stanton has contributed to a wide range of needlework projects to Australia's internationally acclaimed embroidery magazines, such as Inspirations, Australian Homespun, Embellish, Country Threads and Embroidery and Cross Stitch magazine. Yvette has also contributed to PieceWork (USA) and Finelines (USA) and Bordados Faciles (South America). We have provided a listing of her projects and articles in case you would like to check through your back issues. While traditional whitework embroidery styles are her main focus, she has also designed in a wide range of needlework styles including blackwork, Deerfield embroidery, naive stitcheries, cloth dolls, cross stitch, shadow work, patchwork and applique, candlewicking, and beading.

Yvette contributes as a technical illustrator and editorial consultant to Australian and international publishing houses, from time to time, for their books on embroidery.

Guild involvement

Yvette is a member of the NSW Embroiderers' Guild, where she is an accredited tutor. She served on the Guild's Management Committee for a year. Her primary area of responsibility on this committee was for grants, and she and other committee members were instrumental in the guild receiving a large government grant for the re-development of the guild's building. Yvette is also a member at large of the Embroiderers Guild of America.

Teaching embroidery

Yvette Stanton teaches embroidery around Australia at shops and needlework guild groups, and has also taught at conferences in New Zealand and the US, and on international cruises. She is available for teaching and speaking in Australia and internationally. Because of her family commitments, Yvette limits the amount of teaching she does each year, and her teaching schedule is filled well in advance. If you are interested in having Yvette teach or speak at your conference, shop, guild or group, please get in early to avoid disappointment!

The future

Yvette has many more ideas for embroidery books. She is continuing to teach, and looks forward to sharing whitework embroidery with many more people around the world.

My embroidery is an act of worship to God, the ultimate creator.
Yvette Stanton

 

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