In the Spotlight: Jenny Barton

By AlisonManey, Wed, 2018-07-25 17:42

How did you start cross stitching?

Since childhood I have always loved to draw and experiment with different art and crafts techniques. I didn’t try cross stitch until I started working for DMC as a cross stitch designer. My first cross stitch project was a stitch-a-photo of myself and younger brother as children, but over 20 years later it’s still not finished! 

What inspires you?

For inspiration, I have a LOT of art books and if I’m not actually producing art I’m usually reading about it! I particularly enjoy working with coloured pencils or pen as I can achieve very fine details with these mediums. I also love photography and I take my camera everywhere so I can capture inspirational moments in time wherever I go!

Your favourite commission?

Definitely my first ever commission that I worked on simply for the fact that it opened so many doors and possibilities for me. It was a triptych Rudolph design for The World of Cross Stitching magazine! I will never forget the thrill of seeing my design in print for the first time!

Favourite subjects?

I love producing pieces that use rich and vibrant colours, and designs featuring fun characters that make people smile, so Christmas is my favourite subject by far!

Tell us about your cross stitch business

My website ( features over 300 of my favourite cross stitch designs from the past 20 years. I also feature the occasional exclusive design. The charts are available as PDF downloads and some are also available as postal charts. 

Greatest achievements?

One of my proudest moments as a cross stitch designer was when I visited the National Gallery in London and saw my charts for sale as kits in their gift shop. Among others, I charted Claude Monet’s ‘The Thames Below Westminster’, Renoir’s ‘The Skiff’, Van Gogh’s ‘Chair’ and my particular favourite, Van Gogh’s ‘Wheatfield with Cypresses’. 

How do you create your cross stitch designs?

When I have an idea for a new cross stitch design I work on a rough sketch first then gradually refine the detail. When I’m happy with my sketches I scan them into my computer. Sometimes I enhance or alter designs in Photoshop. With smaller designs, I often work on a rough outline directly as a chart so that I can get more of an idea of size and detail restrictions. 

Best thing about cross stitch?

The best thing about cross stitch is the fact that people want to spend time and money on materials to stitch my designs! I will always feel that it’s a great credit to my designs! 




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