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Portrait of Cathy Grafton

Cathy Grafton learned to embroider at age six and has loved handwork ever since. Her passion for playing with color has developed over a lifetime of stitching, and for the last 20 years she has taught herself the 18th-Century style of embroidery using fine silk ribbons, giving her work an added dimension as she continues to explore shading and color combinations.

Grafton has been demonstrating traditional quilting techniques since the early 1970s at historic festivals in the Midwest, and she continues to spend many weekends each year living in the 18th Century. At these events she portrays a lady making her way in the world by doing fancy needlework. She has been teaching and lecturing for more than 30 years and has long studied and often visited the Bayeux Tapestry in France, using some of its embroidery techniques in her own work.

Grafton creates small quilted pieces based on folk art designs from the 18th and early 19th Centuries. Using simple floral designs and many Shaker influences, she stitches small wall pieces, huswife sewing kits, needle cases, and ladies’ pockets using silk thread and silk ribbons.

She is the author of Nature, Design & Silk Ribbons, published by the American Quilter’s Society in 1996.

Cathy Grafton
504 E. Washington St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-2268

You can meet the artist at the following shows:

May 26, 2018 to May 27, 2018: The Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous in Vincennes, IN
June 2, 2018 to June 3, 2018: The 48th Annual Fort de Chartres June Rendezvous in Prairie du Rocher, IL
July 21, 2018 to July 22, 2018: Traditional Artisans Show and Sale in Ste. Genevieve, MO
August 4, 2018 to August 5, 2018: 2018 Craft Fair in Harrodsburg, KY
August 11, 2018 to August 12, 2018: The Bishop Hill Festival of the Arts in Bishop Hill, IL
September 29, 2018 to September 30, 2018: Agriculture Days - Jordbruksdagarna in Bishop Hill, IL

Cathy Grafton has been selected for the following Directories:

Year: 2017, 
				Category: Textiles or needlework
Year: 2016, 
				Category: Textiles or needlework
Year: 2015, 
				Category: Textiles or needlework
Year: 2014, 
				Category: Textiles or needlework
Biography updated October 3, 2016   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated April 8, 2011
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