Category Archives: Textile

Esther Coombs: Recycling by Design

Esther Coombs: Recycling by Design

Esther Coombs describes herself as an artist “who believes that life is a story and that narrative is best told with drawings.” A gifted illustrator, she has found a perfect canvas for her storytelling; old china and fabric. Through her upcycling of vintage ceramics and textiles she creates unique pieces, drawing by hand onto the surface of each item. The juxtaposition of her modern, somewhat minimalist line drawings with the floral and elaborate designs of the vintage china and fabric creates an unusual, somehow provocative look.

Lynn Setterington Embroidery

Lynn Setterington Embroidery

Lynn Setterington is an internationally recognised artist working in the textiles arena, most notably quilts and hand stitched cloths. Over the last decade she has worked on a number of large public engagement projects and collaborations with diverse groups.

The Quilt Museums and Collections

The Quilt Museums and Collections

A very few museums started out with the avowed purpose of collecting quilts. They have either focused on folk art or textiles – and quilts are an obvious part of those fields – or the museums have started a quilt collection quite unintentionally with the donation of a private or family bequest. As the artistic and monetary value of quilts becomes more recognized, museums now actively seek quilts as an important part of their collections.

Lauren DiCioccio: Embroideries of the Life

Lauren DiCioccio: Embroideries of the Life

One need a great imagination, skill and a good sense of humour to make a such funny and elaborate things like Lauren DiCioccio does. The objects from everyday life are brought in her embroidered world through the thread and needles. It helps us to see the world in different dimensions.

Crocheted Afghan Covers: Design and Ideas

Crocheted Afghan Covers: Design and Ideas

Crochet afghan cover patterns are one of the favored crochet projects enjoyed by both beginners and advanced crocheters. A crocheted afghan cover is a grand giveaway for relatives and friends. It can serve as a wrap or shawl as nicely as a blanket during cold nights. The title afghan was derived from the textiles that are produced in Afghanistan whereas they are comparable to the shawls and wraps worn in the region.

Embroidery: A Few Cross-stitch Tips

Embroidery: A Few Cross-stitch Tips

Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch is often executed on easily countable even-weave fabric called aida cloth. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance. This form of cross-stitch is also called counted cross-stitch in order to distinguish it from other forms of cross-stitch. Sometimes cross-stitch is done on designs printed on the fabric (stamped cross-stitch); the stitcher simply stitches over the printed pattern.

Rugs and Carpets Through the History

Rugs and Carpets Through the History

Did you ever ask yourself how the rugs and carpets, how we know them today, made the way through the history? The idea is as old as the human civilisation, basically. Purposes of woven covers were different, and shapes and materials changed and evolved through the time.

Make An Art Out Of Quilt

Make An Art Out Of Quilt

We are all familiar with quilts, and it is very difficult to say something new about them. However, the quilt as an art form might be new for some people. The art quilts designs evolute quickly, sometimes they are very unexpectable in ideas and execution.

Mandy Pattullo’s Fabric Story

Mandy Pattullo’s Fabric Story

Mandy Pattullo aim is to create pieces which would make the viewer look again at old textiles which might be past their use by date. She is particularly passionate about very worn old patchwork quilts which were often made of old dressmaking off-cuts, old clothing and tailor’s samples. Mandy has carefully re-examined the quilts, often unpicking them completely into their original scraps, and to discover hidden layers and sometimes even other worn quilts inside.

Amigurumi, A New Doll for Your Child

Amigurumi, A New Doll for Your Child

These Japanese-inspired dolls have motivated crocheters everywhere to grab their hooks and create collections of irresistibly funky-cute creatures. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small animals or toys. The dolls are done in single crochet in the round. The rounds are never joined, instead being worked in a spiral.