Tigley Textiles Blog

Top Tips for Mounting Your Textile Work

Top Tips for Mounting Your Textile Work

You've spent hours and hours making your beautiful stitched picture but have you thought about how you're going to frame it?  When I first joined a textile group, one of our main aims was to exhibit- a scary thought as I'd never exhibited before. So I started...

Interviewing textile artist- Deborah Collum

Interviewing textile artist- Deborah Collum

Since I have become a textile artist  myself, I seem to have made several wonderful friendships with some very talented stitchers.   Deborah Collum is one of them. This month's blog features an interview with her. If you are lucky enough to visit one of her many...

How to Use Procion Dyes

How to Use Procion Dyes

The choice of colours that you use in your work can make or break your final piece. I have always used mixes of colours- harmonious or contrasting, and have played around with trying to achieve the perfect shade. Vintage lace and linens dye brilliantly. I sometimes...

Nostalgic Places in Stitch

Nostalgic Places in Stitch

It's funny how you get used to things and take them for granted isn't it? I was brought up in Cornwall and spent many a happy hour as a youngster, sitting on the beach with friends and family. I left to go to Uni and haven't lived there since but visit several times a...

Old friends- My favourite stitches

Old friends- My favourite stitches

  I approach my little textile pictures as I would decorate a room- The stripping back, the preparation of the surfaces are crucial, then comes the decoration, the final touches. So I source old cloth, dye it with tea or coffee, paint it or distress it  in some...

A Labour of Love

A Labour of Love

A Labour of Love When my mum died, 20 years ago, I dispersed a lot of her "stuff" according to her wishes but also kept a few meaningful bits. Those bits wouldn't have meant anything to anyone else, but for me, they were her. In every handbag and pocket - albeit...

Sewing Tricks of the Trade

Sewing Tricks of the Trade

Over the years I have often visited the large stitch and knit shows that tour the country. They are full to the brim of all things stitchy- with new products appearing all the time. How many of us have got carried away with enthusiasm watching a demonstration and come...

Help! Sewing Machine Headaches……..

Help! Sewing Machine Headaches……..

Using a sewing machine is great fun when it works but a nightmare when it doesn’t. We all have periods when there’s something not right- we can hear it, we can feel it but have no idea how to solve the problem. We get out the manual, and try all manner of things but...

It’s all about the food!

It’s all about the food!

Well it shouldn't be should it? But in reality, for most of us, it is. Whenever I meet a friend for coffee, 9 times out of 10 it is accompanied by the calorie laden cake. Just makes for a much more treat like experience doesn't it? Workshops are the same. I've been to...

Containers matter

Containers matter

I'm always interested in containers. In the kitchen I love a good set of Tupperware. The click clacky type. See through, easy to stack. When I had a classroom, nothing gave me greater pleasure than having tidy drawers. Maybe I need to get out more. In my studio, I...

How Do We Find Our Own Style?

How Do We Find Our Own Style?

Ladies arrive at my workshops with all sorts of experiences and expectations. Sometimes, those with the most accomplished sewing skills wait to be given pattern pieces. Some want step by step guidance on which stitch or colour to use- others are happy to go along with...

Ramblings of an Obsessive Stitcher

Ramblings of an Obsessive Stitcher

I speak to lots of people about blogs. It seems that they come in all shapes and sizes, some with little else but pictures, and others with very few images. I'm starting to read other people's blogs and have decided that I'm not going to read them anymore. I don't...