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...
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...
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...
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...