The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Meredith Woolnough

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Meredith Woolnough is a visual artist from Newcastle New South Wales.

Meredith Woolnough - Ginkgo Florette

“Her elegant embroidered traceries capture the power, beauty and fragility of nature in knotted embroidery threads. The work explores the sculptural possibilities of a unique embroidery technique that utilises a domestic sewing machine and a base fabric that dissolves in water. By repeatedly stitching threads into dense structures Meredith creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that are then carefully suspended in space with pins, causing them to cast delicate shadows.

Meredith Woolnough - Mushroom Coral
“I have always found inspiration in the natural world. I am lucky enough to live close to both coastal and bushland environments so I get go visit various habitats frequently. Exploring, collecting and drawing makes up a large part of the field work aspect of my practice and I like to research any plant or animal thoroughly so I understand it before I translate it into stitches.

Meredith Woolnough - Coral Star

“I am also a keep scuba diver so I love to explore the world below the waves as well. I have always been fascinated by the structure of things, from the hard shapes of coral colonies to the minute arterial veins in leaves. I like to draw parallels between the growth and life systems of various organisms in my work commenting upon the interconnectedness of all living things.

Meredith Woolnough - Scribbly Gum Leaf

Not unlike the work of Andy Goldsmith, Meredith’s work reminds us of the architectural beauty of nature. Her clever use of soluble fabrics produces art pieces that are calming and beautiful.

Meredith Woolnough - Ginko Biloba


It’s certainly inspirational. A relatively simple technique is deployed with grace and style, and I know I’d love one of these pieces on the walls of my home.

Meredith Woolnough - Clear Resin Collection

Enjoy much more of Meredith’s work at her website and follow her on Facebook for her latest news.


The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.

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