Lorraine Roy: The Science of Textile Art

It may come as no surprise that Canadian textile artist, Lorraine Roy, is a scientist. Having studied natural sciences and ornamental horticulture, her knowledge and ongoing studies of trees is her primary source of inspiration. Her style is natural, yet sometimes abstract but always demonstrates her understanding and love of nature. We …

Approved Patterns for Australia’s Wildlife

We are deeply saddened by the devastating bushfires that have raged through Australia in recent weeks and we’re sure you will feel the same. We’re therefore asking you if you’d like to help out by making much needed items using these approved patterns for Australia’s wildlife, which are currently in …

What is your Creative Resolution?

It’s nearly the end of another year and time to make some new personal promises and resolutions – but how many do we actually keep? Perhaps you want to spend more time with the family, work less and spend more time doing the things you really love? From decades of teaching we’ve …

Machine Embroidery Artists you HAVE to Follow

In our latest instalment of our ‘Inspirational Artists’ Series, we’re looking at the pioneers of Machine Embroidery. These Machine Embroidery artists are guaranteed to inspire budding artists and admirers.  As usual, we’ve combed the web and Instagram to find established and lesser-known artists that are really making waves with their creations. The …

Meredith Woolnough: A Natural Talent

Meredith Woolnough is an internationally acclaimed, award winning artist and author from Newcastle, Australia. Her work is held in public, private and corporate collections worldwide.  Inspired by the patterns, structures and shapes found in plants, coral, cells and shells Meredith’s embroideries represent both the robust beauty and elegant fragility of …

Sara Dennis: A True Expert in Hand Embroidery

Sara Dennis is a tutor of Hand Embroidery, regularly teaching at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN). Having studied at the RSN for three years she became an expert in her craft which allowed her to teach at prestigious venues like the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Library. As well as …

The Latest Books For a Creative Christmas.

Whether you’re planning a crafty Christmas, looking to make your own gifts or simply want to learn a new craft, we’ve hand selected the latest books covering our core subjects for you to enjoy. From Fair Isle knitted baubles to contemporary quilts, there really is something for everyone to enjoy …

Ruth Clayton (Kidd): Building Creative Confidence

Ruth Clayton (Kidd) is an inspirational artist specialising in Watercolour. As a trained graphic designer, teacher, exhibiting artist and successful studio owner there is a lot that we can learn from Ruth; particularly when it comes to the artistic process and unleashing the inner artist within. Having taught art to children and …

A Graduate Story by Vicky O’Leary

Hi, my name is Vicky O’Leary and I’d love to share my textiles story with you. I’ve always been creative. From a very young age I would spend hours drawing, painting and in later childhood, make clothes for myself with help from my Mum. My passion for textiles stayed with …