Eleanor Podl | Regina, SK
Eleanor has lived in Saskatchewan all her life and currently resides in Regina. She has been involved in creating various types of hand embroidery, patchwork and quilting for many years. Eleanor has taught patchwork, quilting and embroidery techniques in workshops and classes both locally and nationally. She is the author of a correspondence course in Embellished Crazy Patchwork for the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada and is a counsellor for that organization’s correspondence courses in stitchery.
Eleanor’s work is now focused mainly on creating landscape scenes using fabrics which are hand appliquéd in place and then embellished with hand surface stitching to give a textured and three-dimensional appearance. In all the landscapes the skies are hand painted with fabric paints. The fabrics in the ground portion are usually commercial fabrics, chosen especially for their patterns, which give the appearance of texture and depth to the finished landscape. In addition to using traditional stitchery techniques, Eleanor is involved in doing experimental embroidery, using materials and techniques not usually associated with stitchery.