Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Liam Lee, Artist

Liam Lee’s fine-tuned creative dexterity belies his young age. The New York-based designer debuts an ongoing series of one-of-a-kind woolen throws rich in visuals that evoke microscopy and Ukiyo-e prints, achieved through a meticulous weaving and hand-felting process. 

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Tuesday, 21 February 2023

Textile Talks, Traditions and Techniques in Beading

Mei Mei, Artist

Back from Extinction



Mika Hirasa, Artist

Applique and Embroidery

Illustration artist Mika Hirasa. Combining a collection of antique cloths with decorative embroidery, Mika Hirasa creates playful characters and stories in her art work. Much of her art work is commissioned for advertising and magazines and book covers. Talking about her art, Mika Hirasa states that her 'fabric art gives off a warmth that can only be felt from hand-made works'. -

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Natalie Baxter, Artist

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Inge Jacobsen, Artist

Cross Stitch on Paper

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Rosie James, Artist

Copenhagen Street life (2019)

101 x 101 cms

Applique and layered cotton and polyester foil, orange threads

Born to be Wild (2018)

100 x 68 cms

Applique and screen print on cotton canvas

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Appliqué, sewing technique in which fabric patches are layered on a foundation fabric, then stitched in place by hand or machine with the raw edges turned under or covered with decorative stitching. From the French appliquer, “to put on,” appliqué is sometimes used to embellish clothing or household linens. Like patchwork (piecing), it is a method of constructing or embellishing quilts. (See quilting.)

Eighteenth-century American quilts often combined appliquéd motifs with pieced patchwork. Quilters cut printed motifs from expensive imported chintz—usually florals and birds, but sometimes animals—and appliquéd them to plain muslin in a process known as broderie perse (“Persian embroidery”). It remained a favourite technique for “best quilts” until replaced toward the mid-19th century by the elaborate appliqué patterns—wreaths, urns of flowers, sentimental and patriotic designs—of Baltimore Album quilts and other red and green floral appliquéd styles.

Like patchwork, appliqué designs were often inspired by everyday life, especially the flower garden. They also commemorated political and philosophical views. Nineteenth-century appliqué designs were often made in larger scale; as few as four blocks were needed for a full-sized quilt. The 20th century, especially the Depression era of the 1930s, produced its own crop of appliqué designs like Sunbonnet Sue and Dresden Plate, often embellished with embroidery and rendered in the pastels popular during the period. Large-scale Hawaiian appliqués feature abstract motifs inspired by local flowers and plants that are cut out of a single piece of folded cloth. They are usually made of solid colours rather than prints and are outline quilted around the motif in ever-increasing ripples.

Appliqué is used worldwide as a decorative technique for banners, clothing, and display pieces. Molas are made by the Kuna Indians of Panama by the reverse-appliqué technique in which the upper layers of cloth are cut away and turned back to expose the lower layers. The intricate paj ntaub (Hmong: “flower cloth”) made by Hmong women of Southeast Asia are delicate patterns executed in appliqué and reverse appliqué with embroidered embellishments. The designs are often based on natural objects such as the elephant’s foot, birds, or flowers. Arpilleras are made in several South American countries; landscapes, markets, village life, nature scenes, and other subjects are depicted in collages that combine patchwork, appliqué, and embroidery. The Kuba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo use appliqué and embroidery to decorate raffia-cloth skirts and panels.

Kuba raffia cloth

Raffia cloth, raffia fibre, plain weave and appliqué, Kuba culture, Democratic Republic of the Congo, early to mid-20th century; in the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
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Appliquéd quilt in the Baltimore Album style, c. 1850, Baltimore, Maryland; maker unknown.

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont


Punch Needle How To Video


Kate Jenkins, Student Work

 Paris Collection
Punch Needle (yarn and monk cloth)
Each measures 12" x 8"

The collection incorporates designs found in Turkish, Egyptian and Peruvian rugs. Kate merged ideas and perceptions from time she spent in Paris with these historic rug designs. From left to right: Turkey, Peru, Egypt.

Monday, 20 February 2023

Loom Knitting

Round Loom

Round Loom Bind/Cast Off

Rectangle Loom
You don't need "straw" to feed yarn. 

Rectangle Loom
Bind/Cast Off


Liam Lee, Artist

Liam Lee’s fine-tuned creative dexterity belies his young age. The New York-based designer debuts an ongoing series of one-of-a-kind woolen ...