Unique Urban Embroidery Design Artist Nicola Elliott
Welcome to Picturestitch!! Here I believe that different is unique, unique is beautiful and can be incredibly breath taking, where with my embroidery designs I hope to take you beyond your imagination. Since you have come to my page I will take this chance to tell you a little about myself and my story. I was lucky enough to find a love of drawing from a early age. My Mum used to draw vintage style ladies and my twin sister Erica and I loved them. Throughout my school days I was always passionate about drawing and would draw for my friends and family constantly. When I left school many years ago I wanted to work with people and soon found a job as a Care Assistant with older people and I loved it! Helping people less able and older than myself was very rewarding and I loved each and every one of them. Then, unfortunately I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of twenty one and that was when my life changed forever. I managed to stay in my job for a further eleven years until I was medically unable to continue. I was truly heartbroken, but not long after I fell pregnant with my beautiful daughter Libby which, without doubt was one of the finest moments of my life. After a few years at home with my daughter I trained to be a Teaching Assistant and soon got a job working with eight year olds. This was my dream job and my creativity returned. I would create and paint drawings for the wall, help the children draw and create designs that were needed for any given subject; I loved it. However, at this point my Crohn's was getting really bad and my condition became much worse. However, I fell pregnant again with my dear Lily and after she was born I needed life saving surgery. Within a week of seeing my consultant I was in having all my colon removed and a stoma bag fitted. I really cannot not put into words what I felt inside but life went on with my beautiful family. Yet again I had to leave work leaving me broken again. One day my husband bought me a sewing machine and ordered extra fittings which included a freestyle embroidery shoe and the rest is history!!!. I taught myself how to free motion stitch embroider and won a Newcomer award from a Lancashire prestigious Arts and Craft group for my collection. Since then I have been featured in a number of Newspapers and specialist publications and continue achieve interest from publishers both here and abroad. Through all my physical setbacks I still loved to draw and a idea came to mind!!! Why not have some of my work digitalized and people could use my work in what ever way they wanted on whatever fabric or garment they choose? So, off I went and to date I have customers in nine different countries. My work, I hope, is unlike anyone else I have seen, as I hand draw all my images before they are digitalized. With a liking for dark side such as the likes of my embroideries with Alice in Wonderland and Red Riding Hood, these characters give me ideas that are popping out of me all of the time. I believe not everyone wants teddy bears and cute designs; some like me prefer a little of the dark side. My journey continues apace and my desire and passion has never been stronger but this is a little of how Picturestitch was born!!.
Free motion stitch Embroidery work Nicola Elliott