Tuesday 11 September 2018


Ten, is part of my Boxed Embroidery Series.  Ten hand-embroidered and trapunto (stuffed) teeth are placed in an altered vintage Bucherer bracelet box. Seemed fitting when the work was purchased by a dentist.

Ten, Valerie Knapp© Embroidery, trapunto, sewing thread, linen, print, paper, marker, vintage Swiss Bucherer bracelet box.

Ten, Valerie Knapp©  Boxed Embroidery Series  Dimensions:18cmW x 5cmD x 5cmH

Ten, (detail) Valerie Knapp©

Thursday 27 April 2017


I'm thrilled to be part of the exhibition First/50, showing three embroidered works from an ongoing series, in which I embroider and appliqué photographs. I was also invited to select three other textile artists from a long list of outstanding graduates of the Textile Studio. This alumni show is a 50th anniversary celebration of the Sheridan Craft and Design program.  If you're in the Oakville area, not far west of Toronto, be sure to check it out! 

Thursday 13 October 2016


Embedded #1. Valerie Knapp© Vintage cotton trim, encaustic, oil pastel, on panel.

Embedded #2. Vintage mother of pearl, encaustic, panel

Monday 19 September 2016

Pressing Matters

While in the process of handling and pressing dozens of exquisite freesia blooms, I began planning post card size vignettes invoking ideas of memory, loss, wit, and nostalgia.

Steel Heart
Miss Conception

I combined the pressed flowers with embroidery, relief printed images, stitch, ephemera, drawing, and language.

Red Shoes

How To


Pressing flowers, petals or leaves, has persisted for hundreds of years as a memory keeping method of preserving plant material, perhaps a blossom from a loved one, received in response to heartfelt love, or a tragic loss or simply picked up in a meadow on a special day; a fragment of an intimacy shared. 

The End

And Then It Poured

Don't Hold Your Breath

Heart Throb

Please Write


Pressing was also useful as a record keeping of a more pragmatic sort, a way to preserve plants specimens for identification and cataloguing by plant explorers and botanists. The process is sometimes used for art-making.

Plant Life

One and Only

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Happy New Year

Peace T. Valerie Knapp© 2015.  Embroidery, hanky and lace fragments, Japanese and water colour papers, DMC.

Memory Dress with Fancy Ticking. Valerie Knapp© 2015. Embroidery, vintage floral ticking, hanky, lace, and embroidery fragments, water colour paper, antique button, postage stamp, silk, DMC.

Saturday 12 December 2015


Come… one day only flash Pop-Up sale with special guest Vivienne Jones. We're happy to share a drink and show off our wares.

There is new fresh inventory, including the 'Honey Bee' print and I'm introducing a linen, cross-back apron, a take on the traditional Japanese design. 
Also new mixed-media such as Goddess in Green, pictured below and some new encaustic panels.

Sale! We're both offering markdowns on some of our favourite things.… LOTS of great stuff, in time for holiday gifting.

Also, you can visit shops stocking my recent product collections: The Craft Ontario Shop at 119 Cumberland St, in Yorkville, or the Craft Ontario Gallery, 990 Queen St. West near Ossington, where you'll see my work alongside numerous other wonderful things.