Cindy Grisdela

Reston, VA


Artist Information for Cindy Grisdela

Inspiration for my designs comes from keen observation of my surroundings, from the pebbles on the path, to the currents in water, to the colors of a meadow. I'm intrigued by color, and I use fabric the way a painter might use paint to create unique compositions that engage the viewer from a distance, yet encourage a closer look.

Using improvisational techniques, I create abstract designs that provide a vibrant ground to add rich texture with a variety of stitched motifs. I design primarily with solid colors so that the color and line of each composition is the main focus. All of my work is designed organically without a preconceived pattern, and the textural lines are added freehand, so no two pieces are ever exactly alike. All of the stitching is done on the sewing machine, but it is entirely hand driven. There’s no computer program or marking, just drawing with my needle and thread.

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Retro Circles

Retro Circles28" x 39"   Photo by Gregory R Staley

Uneven Bars

Uneven Bars31" x 36"   Photo by Gregory R Staley

Partly Sunny

Partly Sunny33'x 32   Photo by Gregory R Staley


Confetti46" x 46"   Photo by Gregory R Staley

Amber Harvest

Amber Harvest34 x 24   Photo by Gregory Staley