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Clever Embroidery Series - Monika Kinner Whalen

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Hello and welcome to this very popular series! This week, I have a Canadian fiber artist who hales from Saskatchewan. I've been following her blog and enjoying her growth and success with admiration. 

Let me introduce Monika Kinner-Whalen!





I started hand embroidery at the age of 40.  That's not very long ago.  My mom was a landscape artist who did not sew or hand stitch.  I just never grew up with fibre art!  Sometimes I resent that.  For the most part,  it still feels new and terribly exciting!  I bask in it.


2.  teaching

I don't even remember how I learned my first French Knot.  I guess it was either a youtube video or an embroidery instruction book.  For the most part, I am self taught.  I began with free machine threadpainting, and added my own 'freestyle' hand stitches for the parts that needed to be hand stitched.  I quickly discovered how handwork - even just a little bit - made my fibre art so much better.  Eventually, I met an older embroidery artist with a lifetime of experience.  She invited me to stitch with her, and she soon became a mentor for me.  Her name is Margot Lindsay, and I adore her embroidery like no other!  Today I enjoy hand stitching entire landscapes.  The slow craft of hand work is so very nourishing.

3.  classes

 I have taken no formal embroidery classes, with the exception of a Needle Lace workshop through my local embroidery guild.  I spend a lot of time in self-studies, learning from the 'old masters' in our field as painter would learn from their own experts.  Generally, I approach fibre as art and create landscapes in a manner similar to a painter.


4.  sell or enjoyment?

I embroider for my own personal enjoyment and I sell it as my main source of income.  I am a full-time artist and I have to pinch myself when I say that I get paid to stitch.  I love what I do, and I have worked hard to make a living from it.  I find this very fulfilling.  I also teach fibre art classes to supplement my income.


5  what inspires me

Canada inspires me.  My prairies inspire me.  Our four distinct seasons provide an everchanging landscape in which I never tire of.  Sunshine and shadows inspire me.  The skies and the wind...  I am a nature nut and I love weather and all times of day.  It's not often I feel stuck.  Most of the time, I feel like I have too many ideas.  I could never stitch fast enough to create everything I want.  I always have more projects waiting in the wings.

Fibre inspires me.  I started with thread.  I could never have enough.  Now I have enough!  : ) I'm stashing yarn now.  Variegated yarns are like paint for me - fat stitches are like brush strokes of blended colours.  A single ball of yarn is enough to get my creative juices flowing!





email Monika@MySweetPrairie.ca
Monika_Kinner on Instagram

There you go another installment in my Clever Embroidery Series. If you know of a talented hand embroidery enthusiast, or you are an embroidery nut yourself, do contact me, I'd love to follow your blog and profile you too!

Happy Quilting

10 comments :

  1. My most favourite textile artist - spread the word! xx

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Monika is such a sweet lady too. I am so glad she was able to find a few hours to repond to my request! Thanks so much for your comments! I'm still unable to have full functionality on the Internet, its not stable yet!

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  2. Monika's work is incredible. I've been following her for awhile. I agree.......spread the word.

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    1. I'm on it and so it goes, Monika is a friend of mine and was sooo busy. Thank goodness she was able to fit in my questions to profile her work. Thanks Jo for your comment!

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  3. Wow - Monika does amazing work! There's such an incredible amount of detail in the pieces shown here. Now I'm off to check out her blog!

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    1. Good to know that you like her stuff, its well worth following her work.

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  4. Love this series - thank you for introducing me to great artists like Monika.

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    1. "Love this series" is music to my ears, I work on building interesting posts and series, thank you so much!

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  5. O my... you folks are going to make me cry. ♡ THANK YOU for your kind words. :) and Thank you Caroline!

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    1. Thanks Monika!! So happy you have found a few moments to pop over and say hi! Your work is reaching far and wide by now. lol

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