Heidi Ingram Designs
I learnt to sew and craft as a child and have always enjoyed creative activities, including photography, making greetings cards and sewing gifts for friends and family. Over ten years ago I was given a cross-stitch kit which started me on my path to embroidery art. Since then I have taught myself a range of embroidery and sewing techniques.
I design mixed media and hand-embroidered landscapes based on rural East Lothian’s unspoilt countryside, farmland and moors.
Before I start the creative process I spend time photographing local views, woodlands, grasses and flowers in the hedgerows. I sketch ideas in my notebook and make each design unique. I like to experiment with stitch techniques and sampling to research ways of adding extra interest to my final designs.
I select the perfect piece of cotton or linen to use as my canvas and hand-paint the background using heat-fixed fabric paints. Layers of paint flow and mix to produce interesting colour gradients. Once I am happy with the background I freestyle machine-embroider and use fabric pens to sketch out my basic design. This helps to guide me and adds extra texture. Sometimes I’ll start with a foreground of grasses, the sea horizon in the distance or a group of gently rolling hills.
For the next stage, I sew in a range of textiles and mixed media including silk throwsters, fabric pieces, mulberry bark, wool rovings and shimmering organza pieces to build up the three dimensional layers of the art work. Sometimes I’ll include fluffy wool strands to make a cloud bank or woolly grey bobbles to build up a dry stone wall. Finally, I choose a coordinated range of cotton, linen and wool threads, hand-embroidering the details over many hours to develop my intricate designs.
Please contact me if you interesting in purchasing an original artwork or would like a commission made.
Also, I choose my favourite designs and have them printed locally in Scotland as greetings cards, coasters and notebooks. These are available for sale in my online shop.
Alongside my art-making, I am an author/editor for TextileArtist.org and a member of the Society for Embroidered Work, both of which exist to promote contemporary textile art and its consideration as an art form.
In 2018 I exhibited at the St Abbs Annual Art exhibition and at the 3 Harbours Arts Festival @ Haddstock. In 2019 two of my works were selected as finalist entries (Best original embroidery design, Best miniature) for the National Needlecraft Awards and were exhibited at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia.
I am available to teach workshops and occasionally teach cross-stitch and embroidery at the Poldrate Arts and Craft Centre in Haddington.