Category Archives: Textile

Toggle Owl Bookmarks

Toggle Owl Bookmarks

These brilliant owl bookmarks with toggle tops mean you will never lose your place or your bookmark. These clever, brightly coloured owls really pop out against the black aida, while the brilliant toggle tops stop the bookmarks from slipping out of the book and getting lost.

Textile project: How to Sponge?

Textile project: How to Sponge?

Sponging is a simple and effective method of adding texture to the cloth, and produces excellent results when using as the background for other decorative finishes such as stencilling or block printing. However, this technique does not have to be carried out with the sponge – you can create similar effects by printing with screwed-up pieces of cloth or kitchen paper.

Pencil Rolls

Pencil Rolls

This neat little pencil roll is just great for the start of a new school year, for keeping together favourite pencils or even brushes and little tubes of make-up. You can add initials, name tags or button decorations if you wish, too. You can use different materials, make a patchwork design or appliquè.

Crocheted coasters

Crocheted coasters

These crocheted coasters are simple to make and will jazz up your coffee table. Make matching sets in a range of shades to suit your home decor or make them as a gift to dear friend. These colourful coasters are an ideal present for any occasion – birthday, Christmas, happy retirement… It is small, unique and house-warming gift. Pretty and practical, these coasters take less than an hour to make and even include a useful crochet holder to keep them tidy.

Embroidered Memories by Sue Stone

Embroidered Memories by Sue Stone

Sue Stone is a UK based textile artist who works mainly in hand stitch, machine embroidery and mixed media. She is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Sue Stone studied Fashion at St Martins School of Art and then Embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London in the 1970s.

Felt Paintings by Jenne Giles

Felt Paintings by Jenne Giles

Jenne Giles is a San Francisco-based artist whose work ranges from traditional fine arts and crafts to innovative performance and installation art.  Jenne graduated from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, TX, in 1993.  In 1997 she received her degree in Art & Art History from Rice University in Houston, TX.  

Make Your Own Coat of Arms

Make Your Own Coat of Arms

You don’t need to have a family history stretching back to the Domesday Book to have a coat of arms. Take a look at the heraldic symbols and images in books or on the internet before you decide on your own design. There are several basic shield shapes that you can use for the outline, and it is better to draw these out on paper and plan the whole design before you peek up needle and thread.

Man Quilter – Luke Haynes

Man Quilter – Luke Haynes

Luke Haynes is an amazing American artist and quilter. He is educated at Cooper Union, School of Architecture and North Carolina, School of the Arts. Luke creates his own fabric world from small pieces of textile, put together and transformed in beautiful, contemporary art quilts.

The World of Artist Trading Cards

The World of Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches cards. They are totally original expressions of an individual’s craft or artistic bent and were the brainwave of a Swiss artist called Vanci Stirnemann, artist-in-residence, at Calgary’s The New Gallery. He wanted to produce a catalogue in playing-card format to document work in the gallery but because of printing costs were so prohibitive, the project was shelved until 1996.

Biblical Quilt Patterns

Biblical Quilt Patterns

Bible stories and religious symbols have inspired artists in all media through the ages. Many of the 19th century quilters knew few other stories than those they heard in church and at the family Bible reading. Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and other famous biblical tales are the subjects of a number of quilts. Some have sober designs, others are lighthearted, in the manner of colourful illustrations for children’s Bible stories.