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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, 14 November 2020

Thread Bowls Workshop

 These are a set of 'Fire and Ice' bowls developed to offer as a new one day workshop.

Blue ice bowl 9" diameter

Fire Bowl 10" diameter

   Made using water soluble film, glitzy sheers, and       LOTS of thread.

 'Fire' bowl adds copper paper lame in for some extra   sheen

Jagged ice bowl 12" diameter

'Jagged ice' bowl proved a little trickier owing to the jagged edge, but LOTS MORE stitching proved successful

Workshops can be booked for a group at a cost of £195 per day plus travelling costs. Or as online live Zoom workshop at £10 per person (Minimum of 10 required)

To book please email maryelmcintosh@gmail.com

Friday, 13 November 2020

Putting on the Glitz online workshop

I am delighted that the 'Putting on the Glitz' two day workshop is now available as an online video workshop through Oliven. The video workshop is £10 or £25 with a full pack of materials available in three different colourways - coppers, greens or blues.
https://youtu.be/EQ4l8_V-Pww       Click here to see a trailer for the workshop
https://www.oliven.co.uk/courses/   Click here to book

This is the green piece used as the teaching example in the video workshop. Worked onto a base of black velvet. Layers of leaves created using acrylic and fabric paints, bonded sheer organzas, transfoils and glitter film.

The watery blue piece is also shown in the video workshop using the same techniques and materials but using a range of blue paints, fabrics, foils and film. 

Glitzy bark uses the copper pack of materials with a range of silver, gold and copper. 
The 'Putting on the Glitz 'packs contain:
12" x 20" piece of cotton velvet
Three pieces of bonded sheer organza (approx 6" x 10")
Three transfoils (approx 6" x 10")
Three glitter films (approx 4" x 3")
Piece of bondaweb
Set of instructions
Contents of pink pack shown

The packs are available from Oliven or directly from me. Cost £15.00 plus £1 P&P
Other colourways available Pinks/Purples/Reds/Greys
Email: maryelmcintosh@gmail.com to place an order

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Sutton Hoo for QG


The Quilters Guild AGM will be held in the Suffolk and Essex region in April 2021. The theme of the event will be 'Hidden Treasures of East Anglia' and I was honoured to be asked by the organisers to design and make a small piece inspired by the Sutton Hoo mask which will be reproduced on a coaster and given to all attending delegates.

This is a small 12" square piece. Markal stick on a black fabric base with free motion stitch and cable stitch for added texture. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Wood Works


Pink Trees is the first completed piece in a new series called 'Wood Works'

Started as a demo piece at the Knitting and Stitching show in the autumn of 2019. The base layer is ice dyed and then over printed with screenprinting inks through commercial thermofax screens.

The front over-layed layer is created using paper lamination with plain and painted papers; maps, music manuscript, recycled pages and newsprint. Free motion stitched and burnt. 

This piece will be joined by further explorations of works on this theme.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020


 'Fragmentation' was the theme of the Contemporary Quilt challenge for 2020.

The size was set at 50cm x 100cm. My piece was inspired by the idea of fragmented shards of glass falling from a frame.

The fabric used was from my stash of printed fabric. This was then over-dyed in brighter yellows, oranges and reds, made up into mini quilts and heavily stitched. 

The 'fragments' were then cut up and restitched to each other and to a quilted base.

The 'Fragmentation' exhibition of work by members of CQ will be touring around different venues. More details to follow when announced. 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Creative Stitched Textiles Virtual Gallery 2020


As our Creative Stitch Graduate Show had to be postponed from the summer of 2020 until next year we have created a series of Virtual Gallery videos (one for each class of students) to showcase their work.

This video is work by the Creative Stitched Textiles class who met at The Cosy Cabin in Risby.

Creative Stitch now have their own dedicated YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDS5NcLuA_PRNdvcpn-9Uqg where you can find all of the class galleries

Creative Stitch Courses - now booking for Sept 2020