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
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.
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 get "The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion" completed. It was released in August 2010, and right-handers are now enjoying 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.
Yvette's current project is a new book on a particular style of whitework from Italy. She was warmly welcomed by the township from where the embroidery originates, when she went there to research it. She hopes the book will be published some time in 2014. She also has another couple of books that she is working on in the background. When will there ever be enough time?!
Writing and designing for other publications
Yvette currently writes freelance for Country Bumpkin Publications, regularly contributing articles to both Inspirations magazine and Australian Smocking and Embroidery.
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