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Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom
I am a textile artist living on the Suffolk Essex border. I am a member of the Out of the Fold Textile Group and Tin Hut Textiles. I am also a tutor for Creative Stitch Suffolk and teach City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting as well as workshops for The Cosy Cabin, Cottenham College and various local groups.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Creative Stitched Textiles Course - now booking for Sept 2018

Creative Stitched Textiles Course
(replaces the City & Guilds level 3 certificate in Machine Embroidery)

A comprehensive two year course in design, surface design and machine embroidery techniques to enable you to design and create original stitched textile work

Venue: The Cosy Cabin, Risby Barns, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Dates: Wednesdays 10am - 3pm

Start date: 19th September 2018

Tutor: Mary McIntosh

For more information please go to the website

or email maryelmcintosh@gmail.com or telephone 07443474903

Autumn Workshops 2018

Mary McIntosh Workshops Autumn 2018                                   

Friday 7th Sept 2018   Shrivel Up and Dye  

Create a highly textured piece using shrinkable fabric and lots of lovely natural fabrics such as silks, linens, cottons, velvet and lace. We will layer up and stitch and dye. All materials and dyes will be provided. Machine stitching.
Cost: £40

Friday 5th Oct 2018   Once More unto the Bleach!

Taking the discharging process further by adding in colour as well as removing colour from cloth. All discharge pastes, fabric paints, dyes, screens and other equipment will be provided* Fabric may be pre-ordered for an additional £10
Cost: £40

Friday 2nd Nov 2018   Putting on the glitz!

Adding surface enrichment to your discharged and coloured fabrics or start a new piece using markal, foils, glitter film, sheers and lame. Stitching and burning.  All materials and equipment will be provided inc soldering irons. Bring your own sewing machine and threads.
Cost: £40

*This technique uses household bleach which is a toxic substance and can become quite smelly so masks must be worn

Venue: Fornham All Saints Community Hall                    
            Bury Road                                                                  
            Fornham All Saints
            Bury St Edmunds                                                       
           IP28 6JZ                                                                       

Class maximum 12                                                                 
Each workshop can be taken as a single class                   
Payment taken in full on booking
Refunds given only if the place is filled

To book please email maryelmcintosh@gmail.com

Proud tutor moment

I am delighted that Gillian Golding, one of my City & Guilds students at Creative Stitch, has been shortlisted for the C & G student bursary award 2018. Gillian will show her work in the City & Guilds Student gallery at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in August.

Here is a glimpse of her work - a small section from her wallhanging

Wallhanging (detail) by Gillian Golding

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Creative Stitch at Textiles East

The Creative Stitch team will have a stand at the Textiles East Fair this weekend. We will be demonstrating and promoting the Creative Stitch courses. Come along and say hello.

Putting on the Glitz - enriching the surface with fabric paint, foils and glitter film

Textiles East Fair Opens

Textiles East Fair at Swavesey College, Swavesey, Cambs CB24 4RS opens on Friday 16th and Sat 17th February. Please come along and see my work as part of the Out Of The Fold gallery
Out of the North East - work inspired by the mats made by my Northumbrian Granny

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Out of the North East - hookie

Finished my third piece for the Out of the Fold exhibition at Textiles East Fair in February. This is so unusual for me as I am normally still stitching the night before. 

This piece is also inspired by my Granny's mat making and is my interpratation of a 'Hookie' mat where short strips of recycled fabrics were hooked through the hessian  leaving both raw edges on the same side. Always worked from the back so you only saw the finished result right at the end. They were densely worked and took a long time to complete. They were my favourites - lovely and soft.
Out of the North East - Hookie (detail)
 My Out of the North East pieces are all double sided so I will need to find an appropriate way of hanging them for the show
Hookie - reverse side (detail)

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Out of the North East - second piece completed

I am really enjoying making my exhibition pieces for the Out of the Fold exhibition at Textiles East in February 2018 https://textileseastfair.wordpress.com/

Inspired by my Northumbrian Granny who made clippie mats from old clothes. This second wallhanging is my interpretation of a 'proggie' where strips of cloth were woven through the hessian sacking. Mine is made from all recycled calico. Stitched, painted, dyed, and discharged cloth.

Out of the North East II (detail)
This is only a small close-up. To see the whole thing you will need to come along to the Textile East Fair in Swavesey Village College on 16th and 17th February 2018