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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 a Tutor for Creative Stitch which offers courses in Creative Patchwork and Quilting and Creative Stitch Textiles. I teach each year at ArtVanGo and at the Knitting & Stitching Shows and Festival of Quilts. I also offer workshops and talks to groups throughout the UK.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Out of the Fold at The Big Quilt Show

I will be one of the members of Out Of The Fold exhibiting work as part of a group display at the Quilters Guild Big Exhibition from 4th - 6th May 2019

Small detail from ‘Blue Fruit of the Loom’
Venue is Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9HZ

Open 10am to 4pm each day.   Entry £5.

Here also is a glimpse of some of the pieces being exhibited by others members of Out Of The Fold

Lynne Pretty - a tiny section of a much larger piece
Jane Rowland - a detail from her bee-utiful piece
Helen Marchant - a piece which really shows off texture
Karen Frost - a corner of this lovely piece of work - so pretty
Susie Yates - something a little fishy is going on here

Plus lots more pieces by other members of Out of the Fold. It will be a good day out. Lots to see with quilt displays, traders, workshops, demonstrations and more. Hope to see you there. 

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Putting on the Glitz at ArtVanGo

Fabulous two days at ArtVanGo teaching the Putting on the Glitz technique.  A very talented group who all brought their own skills to apply to the technique and produced eight very different pieces of work.
Work by Yvonne using her own design
Fabulous leaves by Judy
Using black velvet as a base fabric we first used Lumiere fabric paints

Sea inspired by Liz
The second layer was using bonded sheers to add a different texture and subtle layer of colour and sheen

A spiritual piece by Liz

Forest in the snow by Penny (wolf to be added)

Yvonne using her own design shape
The third layer of transfoils were placed on top. 

And finally highlights of glitter film added.
On the second day we stitched using a variety of threads and machine techniques.  
Jenny's piece with a lovely colour combination

Most pieces are a work in progress with further machine and hand stitch to be added. Maybe even the odd bead or sequin for extra 'sparkle'

Lana's piece evolved over the two days

My technique workshops are all about each participant being able to use the various techniques to interpret in their own style - the result is eight entirely different pieces of work. And none of them remotely like the tutor's samples!

Monday, 8 October 2018

Putting on the Glitz workshop 2nd Nov 2018

There are still spaces for the 'Putting on the Glitz' workshop on 2nd November 2018.

We will be using fabric paints, bonded sheers, transfoils, markals and glitter film onto black velvet or linen to build up sumptuous backgrounds ready for stitch.

Date: Friday 2nd Nov 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm

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

Cost: £40 to include all materials (except fabric)

To book please email maryelmcintosh@gmail.com

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Knitting & Stitching Show 2018

If you are coming to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace  www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london  then please come along to the ArtVanGo Artists in Action zone. There will be textile artists working every day and I will be one of them on Thursday 11th (am) or Friday 12th (all day)

Artists in Action zone at Harrogate Nov 2017
Great to see my name up there with some of my textile heroines

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Colouricious Block Printing Holiday

So exciting! I have been asked to lead a Colouricious Block Printing Holiday to Jaipur in India. It will be from 7th - 17th April 2020.

The Colouricious Textile Holidays have a great reputation. Lots of trips to sites of historic interest around the beautiful city of Jaipur plus opportunitues for hands-on block printing workshops and visits to specialist textile outlets. 

Have a look at www.colouriciousholidays.com  for more information and to book

Monday, 3 September 2018

Creative Stitched Textiles course - last few spaces

The Creative Stitched Textiles Course will run on Wednesdays at The Cosy Cabin, Risby Barns, Risby near Bury St Edmunds from 19th September 2018
Sample of design work by Annette Morgan
 The course includes (non scary, no drawing required) design work, surface design, and lots of machine and hand embroidery techniques with the aim of developing the skills of students to create original work.

Tutor: Mary McIntosh

This Creative Stitch course replaces the City & Guilds level 3 certificate in Machine Embroidery and is verified and supported by the WI

For more information please look at the website http://sefwi.org.uk/creative_stitch

or contact maryelmcintosh@gmail.com

Opinion(s)ated on tour

Opinion(s)ated detail

The CQ Challenge exhibition 'In Print' continues to tour the UK. Having already been exhibited at the Needle Museum in Redditch and the West Country Quilt Show in Bristol the next stops will be:

2nd - 30th October 2018   The Curve Gallery, Carnegie Gallery, Bangor, Northern Ireland

6th - 15th February 2019   Quilt Fest, Llangollen, Wales

26th Mar - 25th April 2019 The Old Chapel Textile Centre, Newbury, Berks