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. | Source

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. | Source

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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Pamela Kinnaird W 22 months ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thanks for visiting, poetryman6969.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago

Lovely, fuzzy birds in rainbow colors.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, Nadine May.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Thank you so much for this delightful hub on Trish Burr from South Africa. I must find her from the link you added to see if she lives in Cape Town where I live.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you for visiting, DDE.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A lovely colored bird with many interesting facts thanks for sharing such an awesome hub voted up!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you so much for visiting, Prasetio. I hope your mom enjoys Trish Burr's creations.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Those are two of my favorites, too. Thanks for visiting, Nettlemere.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful of embroiderer creations. I love this hub very much and I can't wait to show it to my mom. Pamela, thanks for writing and share with us. My vote always for you. Take care!

Best wishes, Prasetio


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Nettlemere 3 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

Those are stunning I especially love the pygmy kingfisher and the sunbird.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

You're welcome, GusTheRedneck. And Trish Burr's work is amazing, isn't it? Thanks for commenting.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thanks for sharing and voting, moonlake. That's great that you put your creativity to work and produced something. Speaking of embroidery and old projects, tonight I finally found a program I had bought in 1993 to design and produce cross stitch embroideries of birds. I had misplaced it soon after purchasing it in 1993. I put it into my computer this evening and it wouldn't even interact with this new-fangled computer.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Sharkye11, I'm happy to hear (to read) someone has bumped into Trish Burr's work already. Thank you for your kind words.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Absolutely beautiful. I've run across Burr's work on the internet several times when seeking inspiration for embroidery projects. She is very talented and very dedicated. You have presented her and her masterpieces very well in this hub!


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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Hi Pamela (Pamela Kinnaird W) -

My goodness - those are some fantastically fine creations brought about by Trish Burr. Thank you so very much for bringing some of the examples of her work to our attention. It is amazing what she was able to create with stitching.

Gus :-)))


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Beautiful. I once embroided a tigar and an eagle on the kids jackets but they didn't come close to looking like her embroidery. Voted up and shared.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

RTalloni, thank you! It was a pleasure.

Eiddwen, I'm glad you liked it. And thank you for the votes and shares. Take care.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Thank you for sharing this beautiful hub Pamela ;the creations are truly beautiful!!!

I vote up,across and share all around.

Have a great day.

Eddy.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Thank you for this introduction to Trish Burr's beautiful and truly inspiring embroidery!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

The Dirt Farmer, I'm so glad you enjoyed discovering Trish Burr's embroidery art.


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States

These are so beautiful--and I'm sure they're even more amazing in person. A delight to read and look at. Thanks! --Jill


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

I think when we're younger we DO do more of what we love and we have dreams and then goals and plans of doing much more of just that. But somehow life gets in the way. Embroidery is one way to do something we love doing even if it's passive. It's still very creative especially if we learn these kinds of techniques and then design our own embroideries. Thanks, Fossillady, for reading about Trish Burr.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Just beautiful work and I love how she stuck to something she loved even when there were forces, justifications working against herj! A true inspiration to us all...do what you love!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Her techniques result in pretty amazing outcomes, that's for sure. Thanks for your comment, jandee.


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jandee 3 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Cat on a quilt! How Breathtaking! Anybody who is so talented as this Woman has my complete admiration. Thanks Pamela for the introduction(haven't had time yet to visit the link)

best from jandee


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

It amazes me, too. But to quote a very talented seamstress I know, "You don't just wake up one morning with this talent. Y'have to develop it and that takes work!" Trish Burr is a good example of that.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Rusticliving.


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

Her work is absolutely beautiful. It amazes me the talent some people possess for this type of creation. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Happy New Year!---Lisa

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