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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)

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Summer Workshops 2021 Putting on the Glitz

 Working on a base of black cotton velvet we will use fabric paints, sheer organzas, transfoils and glitter films to create a sumptuous panel ready for stitch. Choice of colourways. 

Putting on the Glitz 'leaves' panel

All materials and equipment provided.

Cost £40

Date: Monday 19th July 2021  10am - 4pm

Venue: SEFWI, 22 Orford Street, Ipswich IP1 3NS

Date: Tuesday 20th July 2021  10am - 4pm

Venue: Nowton Village Hall, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5NE

For more information or to book your place please contact Mary McIntosh
email: maryelmcintosh@gmail.com   or  Telephone: 07443474903


Summer Workshops 2021 Shrivel Up and Dye

 Work on a base of shrinkable fabric to layer up and machine stitch lots of different fabrics - silks, velvet, cottons, linen and lace before dyeing in a colourway of your choice. You will then take your piece home to wash and shrink. Perfect backgrounds for further embellishment with hand or machine embroidery.

Detail of s Shrivel Up and Dye textured panel

All materials provided to include the shrinkable base and 12 different white fabrics, lace and cotton tapes. Procion dyes supplied to create all colour choices.

Cost £40

Date: Monday 12th July 10am - 4pm

Venue: SEFWI, 22 Orford Street, Ipswich IP1 3NS


Date: Tuesday 13th July 10am - 4pm

Venue: Nowton Village Hall, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5NE


For more information or to book your place please contact Mary McIntosh

email: maryelmcintosh@gmail.com or telephone 07443474903


Summer Workshops 2021 Life's a Bleach!

 

Life's a Bleach! Workshop

Discharging colour from cloth using Jacquard decolourant and Milton sterilising fluid to create unique fabrics ready for future stitch.

All materials and equipment provided.

Cost £40




Monday 28th June 2021  10am - 4pm

Venue: SEFWI, 22 Orford Street, Ipswich IP1 3NS 

or  Tuesday 29th June 2021  10am - 4pm

Venue: Nowton Village Hall, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5NE


For more information or to book your place please contact Mary McIntosh

email: maryelmcintosh@gmail.com  Telephone 07443474903



Natural Dyeing Summer Schools

 
Gathered weld

 Learn the skills of natural dyeing and eco printing and   colour lots of cloth ready for future stitch projects.

 Day One: prepare mordants. We will use four different   mordants to extend the range of dye colours and mordant   both protein based (silks) and cellulose based (cottons)   fabrics

Day Two: prepare natural dyebaths. We will make four different dyebaths using natural dyes
- weld
- madder
- avocado
- mahonia


Madder dye bath

Day three: eco printing. We will print silk and cotton fabrics with a range of gathered leaves and plant material and make use of spend dyebaths to increase our colour range

All materials will be provided. This will include 
4 different plant based fabrics  (cottons, linen)
4 different protein based fabrics (silks, wool)
4 different mordants (Alum, aluminium acetate, rhubarb, soy milk)
4 different dyestuffs (weld, madder, avocado and mahonia)

All equipment will also be provided.

  Cost for all three days is £150 
(Numbers strictly limited to 5 to comply with Covid guidelines)
                                                                                                                                                                   
Weld dyed fabrics

Ipswich weekend
Friday 4th, Sat 5th and Sun 6th June 2021    10am - 4pm

Venue: SEFWI, 22 Orford Street, Ipswich IP1 3 NS


Bury St Edmunds weekend
Friday 11th, Sat 12th and Sun 13th June 2021  10 - 4pm

Venue: Nowton Village Hall, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds
IP29 5NE




Eco printed with acer leaves

For more information and to book your place please contact Mary McIntosh
email: maryelmcintosh@gmail.com
telephone: 07443474903







Friday, 26 March 2021

Out of the Fold project

 The much delayed Out of the Fold exhibition ‘Drawing Threads’ is now confirmed for The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds from 22nd - 26th September 2021. 

As part of the exhibition we have a new project. This is a detail of one section to whet your appetite. Lots more to come.........

 Suffolk puffs for a Suffolk Show



Monday, 22 March 2021

Creative Stitch Open Days

 Creative Stitch Tutors Mary McIntosh and Diane Tompkins will be demonstrating and available to give information on the Creative Stitch courses and workshops. Plus a display of student work in Patchwork and Quilting and Machine Embroidery. 



Friday, 19 March 2021

Shrivel up and dye

 Using one of my all time favourite techniques of stitching different fabrics to a shrinkable base before overdyeing for a new project to be shown as part of the next Out of the Fold exhibition in Sept. This is a small corner detail of the first section made.


Shrivel Up and Dye with machine stitching, additional hand stitching and beading

I offer Shrivel Up and Dye as a one day workshop. New dates coming soon................................

Monday, 15 March 2021

Creative Machine Embroidery Short Courses now booking for June 2021

With venues starting to reopen for groups of six we can now run the planned Creative Machine Embroidery courses from the beginning of June 2021.
These will on Wednesdays at The Cosy Cabin in Risby, near Bury St Edmunds with tutor Mary McIntosh and on Thursdays in Ipswich with tutor Diane Tompkins.

For more information or to book a space please contact mary.cs@sefwi.org.uk

 

Friday, 12 March 2021

Experiments with texture

 I have been playing with some ideas to create the textures of corroded metal and crumbling plaster work. Not quite there yet but some of the techniques have potential.

Nasty nylon nets and lace transformed by burning


Humble craft vilene with lots of colouring and metallics. Areas removed and reattached with a soldering iron


The back of the vilene is quite interesting too......

More experiments to come - I will keep you posted!

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Quilters' Guild AGM Workshops

 The Quilters' Guild AGM is being held as a virtual event on the weekend of 16th, 17th and 18th April 2021 with an exciting variety of talks and workshops offered by textile artists from the East Anglian region.  To book please contact the Quilters' Guild shop  QG Shop

The workshop is called Layered Landscapes with a choice of either Poppy Field or Bluebell Wood - both inspired by places near my home on the Suffolk Essex border

The first workshop date of Sunday 18th April has sold out but a second date has been added on Saturday 17th April at 2pm
Poppy Field

We will use commercial fabrics to build up a landscape picture and capture snippets under net before stitching by machine. A good place to start with free motion embroidery for those new to the technique.

The piece can be further embellished with hand stitching and beading
Bluebell wood (work in progress)


Texture Adventures workshop now online

 The Texture Adventures workshop is now available as an online video. 

Cost is £15 with the option of a kit available in your chosen colourway for an additional £10

To book please visit https://www.oliven.co.uk/


Sample of Texture Adventures technique (red colourway)

Sample of the Texture Adventures technique Green colourway



Textures Adventures sample shown in the video (Blue Colourway


Detail of the free motion embroidery and additional hand embellishment