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Embroideries of Trish Burr -- True Inspirations

African Pygmy available at the Etsy shop of Trish Burr.  Used with permission of Trish Burr.

African Pygmy available at the Etsy shop of Trish Burr. Used with permission of Trish Burr.

Trish Burr is truly a self-taught embroiderer. During the past couple of decades she may have read a few books’ instructions on various methods and stitches used -- which is a practical way to teach oneself. That is as far as many of us get. But Trish Burr has gone further. She practiced and practiced. She ended up developing her own methods so that her embroideries of birds, flowers and portraits have a three-dimensional look to them.

She is a very artistic soul. Her use of light and shadow plus her attention to the daintiest of details result in creations of exquisite beauty.

Orange Breasted Sunbird by Trish Burr.   Used with permission of Trish Burr

Orange Breasted Sunbird by Trish Burr. Used with permission of Trish Burr

I remember reading on her blog a year ago she initially tried to sell a pattern or two to justify to her husband all of the time and effort she had put into learning and perfecting embroidery methods. She has posted some of her earlier works so that we can see her growth and artistic development through perseverance and a natural love for this art medium.

I think it was only about a year ago – or a little more – that Trish Burr decided to start a blog. I’m so glad she did. I find her blog ‘down-to-earth’ and cozy – as though she and I are having tea together and she is telling me how she got the idea for this newly embroidered bird or that bouquet of pansies.

The Protea of Hawaii and other tropical places.   By Trish Burr.  Used with permission.

The Protea of Hawaii and other tropical places. By Trish Burr. Used with permission.

Trish Burr lives in South Africa with her husband and children. Her reputation as a world-class embroidery artist has grown phenomenally in the past year. She has written many books. Who can buy just one of her books! They are treasures to behold.

Besides writing books and preparing the embroidery designs to be featured in each book, she teaches her embroidery methods in South Africa and overseas – including New Zealand where she is well-known. She also contributes to many magazines.

Used with permission of Trish Burr.

Used with permission of Trish Burr.

I learned of Trish Burr through the good marketing practices of Amazon.com. I had been looking at books by a good embroiderer whom I’ve enjoyed learning from since the year 2000. As you know, Amazon.com keeps track of which books one has looked over on their site and especially which books one has purchased.

One day I opened an email from Amazon -- something I don't often do -- and there before my eyes was the very kind of embroidered bird I strive to create with my much-loved threads – although more often in my dreams than in my waking life. It was on the cover of a beautiful book. The author was Trish Burr.

Red-rumped parrot by Trish Burr.  Used with permission.

Red-rumped parrot by Trish Burr. Used with permission.

Practice makes Perfect

I hope you will enjoy looking around the website of Trish Burr. I posted a link above. Her newest works take my breath away in that I find myself looking closely at the workmanship and realize I'm holding my breath! And if you're like me, you will no doubt look on the side of Trish Burr's website where it says New Works and Older Works -- and you will press on Older Works. Trish Burr is not embarrassed about the quality of her earlier work. She knows that only through trial, error, toil and tenacity, a person improves and finely hones a difficult skill. Trish is the epitome of the expression, 'Practice makes perfect.'

I admire people who have a passion about something in life and DO something about it. Trish Burr is one of those people.

Cat on a quilt by Trish Burr.  Used with permission.

Cat on a quilt by Trish Burr. Used with permission.

Posted with permission of Trish Burr.

Posted with permission of Trish Burr.

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