Inspirations Issue 67 features worksofhands

29 07 2010

I would like to thank Australian publication Country Bumpkin for the article featuring my story and photos of  my works in it. Thank you for the copy of the issue too!

This is Inspirations´biggest issue ever (1st issue in 1993)! So get a copy now!

A preview from the article:

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13 responses

30 07 2010

Nice! Congrats on the article.

I wonder if that magazine is available in the U.S.? I’ll have to check into that. Thanks for the link.


30 07 2010

Hi Glenda! Inspirations should be available in the US. The ones I see here in Germany are printed in the UK.


5 08 2010

Hello Vincent,
Thank you for visiting, and for your comment. I used to get Inspirations every issue but stopped about 5 years ago. Your post prompted me to get the latest issue and see what’s changed, as well as read about your work. But when I got to the newsagents they has sold out. Oh no! Ah well, congratulations on your article. Your stitching is beautiful. As you say, male embroiderers are few and far between, but I’ve known several over the years.
Best wishes,


5 08 2010

I really like your photography art. I always look forward to seeing more.


21 08 2010

Vincent a belated congrats on the article!!! I hope I can still find it here at the local Barnes and Nobel book store. If not any chance of scanning the pages so I could read it here on your blog? Also you must relate how this all came about.


26 08 2010

Hi Vince… No luck in finding the magazine here. Any chance of putting the pages up for a limited time on your blog? Thanks Jan


26 08 2010

Hi Jan! I subscribe to the Newsletter of Country Bumpkin publications and they emailed the article lately.
Male Embroiderers (excerpt)

Vincent Valiente of Germany points out that men have been the innovators of textile techniques since time immemorial in all parts of the world. But, he says, “times have changed. I feel lost in a modern world where needlework is associated with women. It takes a lot of courage for a man to admit he wants to do needlework.”

I started with American cross stitch designs (my favourite designer was Teresa Wentzler), then I went to needlepoint. I also tried crochet and knitting, including bobbin lace making, but I could not relate to the Western designs and techniques. I then discovered Asian embroideries using indigenous materials and advanced embroidery. In Asia I knew that there still existed the master-apprentice system of passing down techniques and craftsmanship. I am interested in learning Asian embroidery techniques and write about it in my blog:

I learned to weave very fine pineapple fibres and silk and banana hemp from weavers in an island in the Philippines, and they gave me metres of handwoven fabrics of plant fibres as a gift.

I learned to do religious goldwork from a retired embroiderer in Manila. The Filipinos adapted the bordado del oro or goldwork embroidery on religious icons from the Spanish colonisers.
I want to develop my skills in goldwork embroidery. I noticed that Japan, China, Spain and England each have a different technique in goldwork, each worth learning. I am now working on a Suzhou silk needlepainting embroidery kit, a japanese totsuka embroidery design and a Tibetan appliquéd silk thangka.

(Photo caption)

In March this year, Vincent won first prize in the Fadenkreuz competition sponsored by the German Embroidery Guild and the German Lace Guild with his Heiwa handkerchief. This lace sampler represents the tears shed in wars.
Heiwa means peace in Japanese.


27 08 2010

Thanks Vince…. So how did it all come about? The interview for the magazine that is…


28 08 2010

Margie Bauer, the publisher of Country Bumpkin, emailed me last year that they will feature male embroiderers in one of their issues. The text is what I wrote her that time. When they asked me about photos of my works, they added the info about me winning in a competition. I have long finished the cat silk embroidery and the japanese helmet embroidery. I also stopped the appliquéd thangka last year. I bet they already have the articles for next year´s issues. Last issue, Mary Corbet (Needle ´n Thread) was featured too.


20 09 2010

It is only when I read the article in the magazine that I understood your are a man even if I follow your work for a while. Your work is fantastic and congratulation for the article.


21 09 2010

Thanks Anne!


18 01 2011
Lyn Warner

Hi Vincent
I was given a copy of Inspirations for Christmas and couldn’t help noticing your Heiwa handkerchief straight away. It is beautiful!
Years ago, at Nottingham Lace Museum, I saw a piece of pulled work on pineapple cloth and have always wanted to do something similar. I have done some fine pulled work embroidery inspired by a Dresden Lace embroidered fichu or kerchief dated around 1760. You can see my embroidery that I entered in a competition organized for our local embroidery Guild here in Cape Town by Trish Burr on her website.
I would like to work on cotton muslin similar to that used for Dresden Lace in the 1700’s, but I have not found anything suitable so far. What thread count did you use on your handkerchief and what type of cloth?
You may be interested to know that we have about 180 members of our Guild and 2 of them are men.
Best Wishes


19 01 2011

I wrote you an email. ^_^


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