GoldWorx: Katie Tume – Making Stump Work Cool

Goldworx with Georgina Bellamy

Welcome back all to GoldWorx, and this months we are fawning all over the lovely Katie Tume – a.k.a Mother Eagle Embroidery and how she is Making Stump Work the epitome of embroidery Cool.

Katie Tume-Making Stump work Cool
Mother Eagle Embroidery – Our Lady of the Flowers

I first came across Katie’s work as an Instagram newbie, she had left a lovely comment on one of my very infrequent posts which peaked my curiosity about who she was.I remember looking at her Instagram feed and just being blown away by the variety of subjects and the variation of materials and techniques she used.

I was pulled in by the fantasy/Gothic nature of her work as I scrolled through hundreds of beautiful images of her stump work wild flowers and embroidered animal’s skulls- she even used padding and gold work! She was my new-found embroidery crush- a crush that continues to this day.

Katie Tume- Making Stump Work Cool
Stump Work wild flowers and the all seeing eye.

I hit that follow button immediately and talked about her to ALL my embroidery friends. (Yes, even in real life I talk incessantly about embroidery!) I just fell in love with her style and how much she valued her own unique creative voice. She was a real original and I admire that immensely.  Katie Tume was making Stump Work cool – I’d waited years to see that happen!!!

It was in those moments, looking through her amazing feed I decided to start my own Instagram journey – safe to say I have a lot to thank Katie for!

Katie Tume- Making Stump Work Cool
Mother Eagle Embroidery – The Witch of Saint Kilda (detail)

I love the fact she focuses on death – not in a depressive way but as a rejoice of the life lived. Finding the beauty in the bones of an animal is something I find extremely appealing- a reminder that even in death nature continues to be the ultimate creative amongst us. Every detail was painstakingly brought to life, each with a melancholy reminder of the sad fact that more and more of our precious animal species are going extinct due to our actions. Each of her beautifully worked pieces have a very real meaning or story behind them – one we could all do with listening too.It is artists like Katie that have elevated Stump work to the epitome of embroidery cool- something that was unheard of a few years ago.

There is some kind of magic in that, for every one of us that takes an interest in these old techniques and breathes life into them with our own visions, we continue a human tradition that has been around for centuries and without us could easily get lost or branded as ‘uncool’ and thus forgotten.

Katie Tume- Making Stump Work Cool
Mother Eagle Embroidery – Marc Bolan (aka The God of Glam Rock)

I am always surprised when amazing embroiderers tell me they are self-taught. It’s so inspiring to see someone spend the time and have the determination it takes to master some of the hardest embroidery techniques, and Katie has more than mastered many of them. Her stump work is exceptional, to the point where you question if its real or not. To teach that to yourself to a high standard is astonishing and shows a passion for our craft that I understand and admire. No wonder the lady has over 11k followers and counting!

Katie Tume- Making Stump Work Cool
Real or Stump Work? Katie’s got me confused!

She now runs classes and even skype lessons for those of us who can’t get to her home town of Brighton, teaching Stump work, embroidery and Gold work. A must for anyone looking to learn the harder technical embroidery disciplines she explores in her work.

To find out more about the lovely Mrs Tume’s work follow her on Instagram, check out her website  or check her etsy shop.

Georgina Bellamy

Georgina Bellamy

Georgina Bellamy is an embroidery designer-maker from London specialising in sculptural embroidery and Goldwork techniques. She has many years of professional training within the embroidery field including a Surface Textiles degree with the world-renowned London College of Fashion. Having worked with various designers and artists as a freelance designer, Georgina is now focusing on creating my sculptures and exhibiting around Europe. Much of my work has now been exhibited in London, around the UK, France and Italy.

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