Odd Ana Stitch(es)

Anastacia Postema is an embroidery artist from Oregon, United States. Her embroderies are well presented and beautifully bizarre. I’ve been following her work on Instagram for some time now and wanted to know where her ideas come from. How did you get into textiles? My mother instilled in me a love for textiles. She was always…

Design ME

Design ME is an open access textile studio based in Peckham for all designers and enthusiasts. Owners Michelle and Laura aim to “create a space for people to come and continue to create their own textiles as well as offer them the opportunity to learn the different textile processes.” The studio provides screen printing, dyeing and digital fabric…

Trinkets and Colour

Harriet Frances Stiles graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2014 and soon after started working as a freelance embroiderer before setting up her own embroidery and adornment business. Harriet uses a combination of traditional needlework techniques picked up during her time studying. She designs bespoke embroideries and adornments, showcasing her love for colour, texture and embellishments. Harriet…

Blessings in Disguise

Juliana Velasco Asensio is a second year multimedia textiles student at the University of Loughborough. How did you get into textiles? I have always had an interest in art and how it can be translated into fashion. But during my foundation year is when I really was able to see the aspects of it. The textiles…

Knembroidery

Josephine Knechtli is an embroidery artist who’s work is inspired by colours, tattoos and bold imagery. How did you get into textiles? When I was a kid, my mum bought me Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching Kits, which I took to immediately and since then embroidery has re-appeared into my creative focus eventually manifesting as my…

The London Loom

Last week I visited Brooke and Francesca, the owners of The London Loom in their new inviting and exciting pop-up space on Hackney Road.  What is The London Loom and how did it begin?  Francesca – We’ve been teaching and running craft parties for a while and about two years ago I taught myself how…

Exercise for Your Fingers

It’s 2017 a new year, a new slate to start on and you may or not have set resolutions; less sugar, more exercise, save money perhaps. If like me you want to make more textiles this year how about taking a short course in learning different techniques? Exercise for your fingers! Here’s a list of…

100 Per Cent Silk

‘Osei-Duro produce textiles and garments in Ghana, India and Peru, applying traditional techniques including hand dyeing and weaving.’ Based in Kanda, Ghana Lee Dekel works as the company’s Production Assistant. We had a lengthy interesting chat about consumerism, artisans and Ghanaian textiles. How did you find your position at Osei-Duro? I began working with Osei-Duro as…

The Embroidery Specialist

Wajiha Ahktar is an embroidery student at the London College of Fashion.  Her twin sister Wasima also studies textile design at Central Saint Martins. How did you get into textiles? During secondary school I used to go to a youth club called the Brady Arts Centre and they used to teach different types of arts like…

Interested in Textures

Wasima Akhtar is a textile design student at Central Saint Martins that specialises in knit and experimental textiles. Her twin sister Wajiha also studies embroidery at the London College of Fashion. How did you get into textiles? I started off in secondary school but at the time I didn’t really enjoy it but knew I…

Experiment and Discover

“Lorna Doyle is a designer who strives to push the boundaries of experimental textiles. Her body of work features heat manipulated materials combined with traditional printing techniques, creating innovative designs with a sophisticated edge. Her journey as a designer is a constant exploration and discovery of new and exciting materials.” How did you get into…

Keep the Skills Alive

“Mozh Mozh is a luxury brand that works with artisans safeguarding Peruvian textiles and techniques while emphasizing form and detail in design.  Designed and created by Mozhdeh Matin. We had a nice chat about how the brand started and the textiles behind it. What made you want to work with Peruvian artisans? I was born…