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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 the newly formed Spotlight Textiles. I am the Principal Tutor for Creative Stitch which offers courses in Creative Patchwork and Quilting and Creative Stitch Textiles. I teach each year at the Knitting & Stitching Shows and Festival of Quilts. I also offer workshops and talks to groups throughout the UK in person and via zoom. With a foot in both camps I am also a member of the QGBI and the specialist Contemporary Quilt Group and STARS (formerly Suffolk West Embroiderers Guild)

Friday, 29 November 2019

The ‘dark’ corner

This just makes me laugh. Next to Ruth Issett and all her wonderfully bright colours my black corner stand just looks so dreary. Time for some colour Mary.

Beginnings of a new series?

I had such a lovely time at K&S at Harrogate playing with some ideas around layering up images using paper lamination and screenprinting with inks onto a variety of lightweight fabrics. It is not there yet - it is all just too light and bright for my murky palate sensibilities but I do think there is something to be developed here.

 The first layer is screen printed onto a dyed cotton fabric base using inks and readymade thermofax screens
This layer is screen printed onto a silk organza which gives a lovely light transparency

This layer is using a combination of paper lamination of all sorts of painted papers with screen printed images on top

 And finally adding some colour using Koh-I- Noor Dye paints

Monday, 25 November 2019



Off to Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate. I will be ‘in action’ on Friday 29th Nov playing with paper lamination and printing to build up transparent layers.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Artist in Action

Doing my thing at Ally Pally - picture courtesy of Viv from ArtVanGo
Bit late in posting this but it has been a busy few weeks. I had a great time at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Elexandra Palace in October working as part of the Artists in Action zone.

Used the day, and the kit supplied by ArtVanGo, to explore some new ideas around layering up images using paper lamination, printing onto sheers and dyed and discharged fabrics. Early days yet and it is still a bit heavy but I feel a new series coming on....................

My pinny got a day out too

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Cover Girl

'Thatcher to May - Forty Years of Progress' the quilt I made for the Spotlight at 40 gallery at Festival of Quilts 2019 has made it onto the cover of my regional newsletter.

Fame at last...........................

Artists in Action zone at Ally Pally

 Been playing with some ideas for the AinA zone at Alexandra Palace on Friday.

The idea is not to 'demo' but to experiment, play with the materials provided by ArtVanGo and work as you do in your own workspace. Visitors can then see how you approach a piece of work and how you adapt to the process.

So I am not doing something tried and tested but trying out some new ideas using thermofax screens, printing inks, paper lamination and several different fabrics to see what works when building up layers.                                               

 Bit scary but........what could possibly go wrong?

Anyway if you are coming to Knitting & Stitching Show on Friday 11th October I will be on stand TGF0 from 10am until 6pm

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Coloricious Block Printing Holiday


If you would like to know more about this exciting Block Printing Holiday to India then please come and see me on my stand QIA10 at the Festival of Quilts 2019 or email me on maryelmcintosh@gmail.com

Monday, 29 July 2019

Stand QIA10 at Festival of Quilts

If you are attending the Festival of Quilts 2019 then please do come along and visit my Quilting In Action stand QIA10

Dyed cotton organdie - great for Pojagi
I have been dyeing, printing, rusting and discharging fabrics to sell at the show. Here is a glimpse of some of the goodies on offer.

Dyed linen - lovely to hand stitch

Lots of space dyed cotton

Breakdown using discharge

Breakdown printed 

Rust and tea dyed 

Discharged black cotton

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Graduate Show 2019

So pround of all the Creative Stitch students who completed courses this year and exhibited their work at Suffolk One College last weekend.


This is a corner of my quilt 'Thatcher to May - 40 years of progress' made for the Quilter's Guild Spotlight@40 gallery. I am proud to be representing my region Suffolk and Essex. Quite a responsibility. 

The Spotlight@40 gallery will be part of the Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham from 1st - 4th August 2019


After the festival the quilts will be added to the QGUK permanent collection.

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!