Profanity Embroidery Group: Huge Fun Creating Beautiful Art From Ugly Words

Before I introduce this very entertaining episode please note there is no swearing in this episode despite the title of the group and episode. Please listen – this is a lovely story.

Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Annie Taylor & Bridget Carpenter share their hilarious stories around their ‘rather different’ embroidery group – yes, it’s the Profanity Embroidery Group. Formed by accident in 2014, and meeting in the local pub, this group has huge fun. They create and exhibit beautiful textile art and embroidery based around profanity, as well as some feminist issues. Their current project however, features anonymous Stitched Secrets that have been sent in from around the world. Some funny, some shocking, some very moving.

Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see examples of  PEG’s work …  

Susan Weeks chats with Annie & Bridget about:

  • How a funny cartoon inspired the creation of an interesting embroidery group
  • The evolution of The Profane Quilt and the sense of humour in the group
  • How the group decide what projects to work on next
  • Interpreting those traditional ‘saucy’ seaside postcards
  • “Older Women Rock” – interpreting poems by Leah Thorne on vintage clothing and developing body confidence
  • The Stitched Secrets project extended participation outside Whitstable across the world via Facebook & Instagram
  • Anonymous stitchers from around the world have stitched secrets and sent them in
  • The group hopes that the secret stitchers have had therapeutic value from taking part
  • Humour is a powerful medium to deal with serious and emotional issues
  • Men have sent in stitched secrets too
  • Why should men miss out on opportunities to enjoy fun,therapeutic and creative activities such as these women are enjoying
  • It is all HUGE FUN!
Bridget Carpenter & Annie Taylor Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest
Bridget Carpenter & Annie Taylor Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest




Other places and people mentioned today:

The Fabric Shop, Whitstable

The FishSlab Gallery, Whitstable

Older Women Rock – Leah Thorn