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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.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Bury St Edmunds Abbey

One of the themes for the Out Of The Fold exhibition to be shown in May 2020 was work inspired by Bury St Edmunds Abbey which was founded 1000 years ago. The May exhibition is now postponed.

We still hope to hold the exhibition later in 2020 or Spring 2021. So I will not show my whole piece but here is just a tiny section. The idea behind the work is a base layer stitched with the plan of the original Abbey and grounds as it was before dissolution (taken from a historic document)  with an overlay of the same area as it is now (taken from Google Earth).

Bury Abbey (detail)
Some new techniques for me and more representational than my usual abstract style - but I enjoyed making the piece

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Putting on the Glitz - lovely and leafy

This is a piece started as a demonstration teaching sample for a workshop with Lincoln Embroiderers' Guild in Feb 2020. I have now finished it off with lots more bonded sheers, transfoils, glitter film and stitch.
 I teach this as a workshop - either as a one day to make the panel or a two-day when we add stitch

Luscious leaves 2020

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Drawn by a thread - further experiments

The Drawn by a Thread experiments with the 'failed' piece of fabric has progressed. The first piece which I painted with lumiere has had added stitch. Quite pleased, good colour, movement and texture.

Drawn by a Thread - luminous lumiere

The second piece which I spent ages colouring with markal I then ruined by overdyeing and lost most of the colour. But here it is remarkalled and looking good. In the airing cupboard drying and then ready for stitch.
Drawn by a thread - marvellous markal

These pieces were being made for the Out of the Fold Exhibition to be shown in Bury St Edmunds in May 2020. The exhibition has been postponed. Look out for a new date for Autumn 2020 or Spring 2021.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Completed work from workshops

Whenever I teach a workshop to a group I always say "Send me an image of your finished piece"

Of course hardly anyone does but every now and again, sometimes years later, someone contacts me to show their work and it really makes my day. Here is a snapshot of those received recently.

Scrap stash reversible by Julie Jordan
From the Cambridge Federation WI Summer School 2018. Julie Jordan went on to make her quilt four times the original size and produced this stunning 80" x 80" full king sized quilt

More recently from a Putting on the Glitz workshop with Lincoln Embroiderers' Guild this lovely piece by Carol Walker - a work in progress.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

WOW Book 5 now published

I am delighted to be included in the latest WOW Book published by D4Daisy demonstrating my 'Life's a Bleach! technique alongside a profile and images of some recent work. 

Copies are available direct from me at the cost of £25 email maryelmcintosh@gmail.com or from https://d4daisy.com

WOWbook 05

Friday, 17 January 2020

Drawn by a thread experiments - now overdyed

Well one worked........the version coloured with Lumiere fabric paint looked a bit lurid but then was overdyed using a dark blue procion dye. It has knocked back the colours, dyed the white cotton thread and the paint has acted as a resist. Really pleased with this one.
Drawn by a thread experiment (lumiere)

Next stage is to add stitch using coloured threads.

But I have ruined the one coloured with markal. The markal has not offered as much resist and the colours have been almost entirely overwhelmed by the dark brown/red dye. Disappointed. But that is why we experiment and sample.
Drawn by a thread experiment (markal)

Next step - go back and add more colour on top

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Experiments for Drawn by a thread

When making my “Drawn by a thread” piece for the forthcoming Out Of The Fold exhibition I misjudged the shrinkage and instead of having a background of 18” x 48” as required ended up with a    piece only 16” wide and 44” long. Never one to waste fabric or the opportunity to turn a failure into the possibility to try something new I cut it into two and am trying a couple of things.

Step one: stitched and washed
Stage one. Quilt sandwich, stitched with white cotton thread. Washed to shrink.
Colour added (markal

Experiment one. Use markal oil sticks to act as a resist, add colour and sheen.

Colour added (paint)

Experiment two. Using Jacquard Lumiere paints to add colour.

Now for the next stage....overdye

Friday, 10 January 2020

Drawn by a thread

Drawn by a thread (detail)

Just finished a new piece of work for the “Drawing Threads” exhibition by Out Of The Fold http://outofthefoldtextilegroup.blogspot.com/ which will be shown at The Guildhall,  Bury St Edmunds in May 2020

This is a new technique I have been playing with to get more colour and texture into my work. More experiments to follow. It uses a LOT of thread.

This is a small corner to tempt you along to the exhibition to see the whole thing.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Picking up the Threads

Picking up the Threads (detail)
This piece was meant to be submitted for the Norwich Makers Month juried exhibition taking place at The Forum from 8th - 23rd Feb 2020 https://norfolkmakersfestival.co.uk/
But I missed the deadline!

However I finished it and it will be exhibited as part of the Out Of The Fold exhibition at The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds from 20th - 24th May 2020
Picking up the Threads 2019 (detail)

It is about four metres long and used four thousand (yes, thousand) metres of 40 different coloured threads.

Here is a glimpse of part of the piece. To see the whole work come along to the exhibition in May.