Category Archives: textile art

Open Exhibition at the MAC

Today I submitted my offering to the Open Exhibition at the Midlands Art Centre in Birmingham (MAC). The submission process involved being filmed holding the piece of work which felt rather strange but kind of nice. There will be four curated exhibitions over the summer plus the final open exhibition at the end which will […]

CONTINUE READING
bokhara couching example for workshop on the web

Bokhara Couching Tutorial – WOW

My first ever published embroidery tutorial has come out in the summer edition of Workshop on the Web! I’ve chosen to do a two-part article on one of my favourite hand stitching techniques – bokhara¬† couching beloved of the makers of Suzani which I adore – do have a look at the article – and […]

CONTINUE READING

Lush – The Life of a Peacock

[wpg] Here’s an update of my peacock embroidery. It is proving one of those embroideries that never seems to be quite ‘right’ somehow. It started out life as a very tight drawing of a peacock which I painted in inks on silk habutai, having done that it looked dull and contrived so I spread a […]

CONTINUE READING

On the Edge of a Feather

[wpg] I’ve been planning a large peacock embroidery involving the whole peacock not just the imagery of tail feathers. I started out drawing it out carefully but the composition didn’t feel quite right, I went ahead anyway but after I started painting it out in the silk, the feeling continued and the imagery felt stilted. […]

CONTINUE READING

Wild About Poppies

[wpg] Until very recently oriental poppies were flowering in my mother’s garden – in November! That seems a little crazy but I’m glad because I find them so inspiring, I can’t help but enjoy looking at them. I feel like I’ve come to the end of this particular poppy piece; “Large Poppies” and it is […]

CONTINUE READING

Passion for Poppies

[wpg] My love of poppies was rekindled yet again (!) by the late appearance of clumps of sumptuous oriental ones in my mother’s garden. They were surrounded by Michaelmas daisies and the glowing red and purple hues made for a heady colour combination in an otherwise drab October garden. How delicious! This started out as […]

CONTINUE READING

Make Your Own Fabric Markers

[wpg] I’ve fallen in love with Copic markers recently but after some research, found out they are not very light fast and washable on fabrics so sadly relinquished them as serious fabric colouring contenders. I’ve been trying out Liquitex Acrylic inks as they are washable on fabrics and are superfine so suitable for use in […]

CONTINUE READING

Bokhara Couching

[wpg] I’ve been having a little go with some hand stitching trying out various stitches. One of my favourites that I haven’t used for a long time is Bokhara couching. I like the solid, but textured effect it produces. I’ve also been trying out some shisha using large sequins and some other cretan stitches. I […]

CONTINUE READING

Cards and Prints to Buy

Hey there! I’ve just created a new portfolio on Red Bubble to offer cards and prints. For now I’ve uploaded some previous work, but am aiming to add some new stuff there soon. Please let me know what you think!

CONTINUE READING

Textile Experiments

[wpg] I’ve recently become interested in doing something different with fabric painting – so trying a few textile experiments. I want to get away from the old school style of silk painting – which consists of a gutta resist outline, usually in gold, with the shapes painted in and maybe a bit of salt sprinkled […]

CONTINUE READING