Embellished GURLS TALK

–Debbie wearing the long sleeve tee– Collaboration   GURLS TALK is ‘a movement that strives to create a platform where girls can openly share their experiences and feelings in a safe and trusting environment’. The platform that encourages girls and women to communicate the many thoughts that occupy mental space was founded by fashion model Adwoa Aboah. I’ve admired Adwoa for a very long time…

Embellished Talk x WAH Workshop

On Thursday 18 May I’ll be teaching and sharing my embellishment skills at WAH London. During the evening you’ll learn how to apply an array of beads and sequins on a canvas clutch bag. The WAH salon is a perfect setting to relax in, chat to new people and get vibrant inspiration to customise your…

From Concept to Runway

“Jenny King Embroidery offers a unique UK-based design and production service that is as creative as it is professional. The highly specialised team is used to working with designers at every stage of the creative process: from concept through to development and production and have experience of embroidery design for both fashion and interiors.” I’ve been…

One Soft Hand

Kirsten Roe is a textile designer and maker with a focus on creating embellished womenswear pieces. I came across Kirsten’s designs at the DIY Art Market in Hackney a few months ago. One Soft Hand synonymously sums up her designs but with an added surface of texture and sparkle. How did you get into textiles? I first got into textiles…

A Form of Activism

“Zeitgeist source  collections through careful selection of garments from second-hand stores, re-fashioning them into new items and changing the way we envisage second-hand clothes, further enlightening us to the wasteful nature of fast fashion.” I spoke with the designer and founder Tanushri-Radha Saha about her textiles explorations and why she started the label.  What made you…

Oh Andy

Andrea Brinkley is a textiles designer originally from South Africa and now lives in North Carolina. She founded O&Y Studio in late 2016 “as a way to market and sell flower-inspired fiber arts.” O&Y comes from the phrase people have said to her all her life — “Oh Andy!” How did you get into textiles? My mother introduced me to…

Forget the Rainbows

Emma Jacobs lives and works in Bruges and specialises in crochet and embroidery.  She set up her brand Novelsnob in 2015. We initially started talking via Instagram DM about the lack of crochet in couture fashion. I’m constantly fascinated to know people’s views about the perception of textiles and craft and Emma gladly shared hers….

Wild & Woolly Adventures

Wild and Woolly is a cosy welcoming shop located in Hackney “for anyone seeking new adventures with yarn”.  Shop owner Anna Feldman shares the ins and outs of running a business. When and why did you open Wild & Woolly? I opened in 2014 and I opened for lots of reasons. I had been doing…

Sensory (under)Load

What do your ears do when your eyes are busy making sure your satin stitches and French knots are in order… listen to podcasts! On some occasions I watch documentaries and films while I’m stitching but most of the time I need to focus. Here are my top places to go to for podcasts to…

Life’s Too Short For Fancy Pants Stitches

Megan Eckman is the owner and designer at Studio MME. She “creates approachable embroidery for modern stitchers.” She believes embroidery should be “fun and not frustrating. Both in design and execution, her aim is to create a project that can be sewn in a day instead of a week.” How did you get into embroidery? When…

Flow and Composition

“Sarah Fennell is a textile designer who hand prints bespoke fabric for interior objects. Having mastered the process of silk screen printing, she hones this ancient craft to create unique compositions of colour and object which showcase exceptional craftsmanship and integrity.” How did you get into textiles? I knew I wanted to work in a…

Galaxy Beads

Cecilia Ajayi is an incredible designer who works with seed beads to create out of this world textiles; the type of textiles that makes you stop in your tracks to look closer, as two waitresses in Palm Vaults did where I interviewed her. Cecilia has a background in knitwear and business as well as a masters degree from Brighton University.  Out…