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Textile Techniques Week 1

Week 1 of my Textiles Techniques class at the PACC went very well. We made yo-yos from fabric scraps to use as embellishments, with some interesting ideas for their final use including necklaces and cushion decorations. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished products.

There’s still places on this class if you want to join in the fun. We are going to focus on hand stitched embroidery techniques this term and making up our handiwork into useful and interesting end products.

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Exhibiting in the St. Abbs Annual Art Exhibition in 2018

I am excited to announce that I will be exhibiting at the well-respected St. Abbs Annual Art Exhibition at the Ebba Centre in March 2018! I will be showing my textile embroidered art landscapes inspired by East Lothian. For these pieces I use painted fabrics, machine and hand embroidered and with wool, mulberry bark and silk sewn in to make vibrant thread ‘paintings’. For latest news from the Ebba Centre, check out their Facebook page.

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Barley stitches embroidery detail

Close-up of barley stitches embroidery detail

Here is a close up photo of my barley stitches. I am really happy with the overlaying of the stitching since it gives a great 3D effect enhancing the depth of the picture. This image is from the foreground section of my latest textile art landscape. The work is based on a view of the Lammermuir Hills from the entrance to West Mains farm and it is the largest landscape I have worked on so far, almost A4 sized.

barley stitches embroidery detail

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Beginners textile techniques class

Here is some information about the class I will be running from January 2018 at the Poldrate Arts and Crafts Centre in Haddington. My Textile Techniques class is geared towards beginners. If you would like to gain confidence in starting your own sewing projects and learn some new techniques, then book your place now! I’ll help you with a range of techniques in hand and machine sewing while showing you how to make some simple gift and home decor items.

Class details

The class will be on Thursday mornings starting in January from 10-12 noon. Classes are great value for money at £70 for 10 classes, plus you will need to pay the PACC annual membership fee of £15. To book go the the PACC website. On the first week we will decide whether to run ten consecutive weeks or whether to have a week’s break in the middle, depending on what suits the class attendees.

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Work in progress

My third landscape textile artwork in progress. Silk painted background, embroidery detail with machine and hand embroidery used to work in some dyed wool picked up at St Abbs Wool Fest last weekend, plus silk throwsters and mulberry bark. Based on a view of the Lammermuir Hills from West Mains Farm near Morham.