After many years of stitching, in 2017 I began creating my own mixed media, hand-embroidered works. Surrounded by the beautiful farmland, moorlands and coastal scenes around East Lothian in Scotland, I aim to absorb the details of these tranquil places. I draw inspiration from the local woodlands, grasses and hedgerows, studying the patterns and textures found in nature. I like to experiment with stitch techniques, paint and appliqué to find ways of adding extra depth to my work.
My artworks are created on hand-painted cotton or linen fabric. I embrace the unpredictable results of painting on fabric and use collage and appliqué to create a three-dimensional, textural feel. I use a variety of materials including silk, cotton, linen, felt, wool and organza. The most time-consuming part of my work is the hand-stitch. For this I choose cotton, wool and linen threads to embroider the details of my intricate designs, using an intuitive, slow stitch process.
Alongside my creative practice, I am a freelance writer/editor for TextileArtist.org, helping to produce articles, online content and course materials for their popular online Stitch Club. I am also a member of the Society for Embroidered Work. Both of these organisations promote contemporary textile art and its consideration as an art form.
Take a look at my online shop for giftware featuring my designs, printed and produced by a local Scottish company. You can also find my greetings cards in store at Beech and Birch in Gifford, and online at Etsy.
Please contact me if you’d like to purchase an original artwork. I also sell my artworks at exhibitions and at Coast Art Gallery in Dunbar. I post my latest work on Instagram (@heidiingramtextileart).
- Two artworks selected as finalist entries for the National Needlecraft Awards (‘Best Original Embroidery Design’ and ‘Best Miniature’ categories). These were exhibited at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia (2019).
- Two artworks selected for the Contemporary Stitched Art exhibition by the Society for Embroidered Work, Clerkenwell Gallery, London (2019).
- 3 Harbours Arts Festival @ Haddstock (2018)
- St Abbs Annual Art exhibition (2018)