Pinning The Past – Faded Beauty

I bought this framed embroidery a couple of weeks ago. The combination of soft, delicate colours, natural linen fabric and wood frame beguiled me. On closer inspection, the glass was filthy, the embroidery squashed under the glass, the background damaged by a water mark and evidence of wool-eating beasties could…

Pinning the Past – Wool

I would find it hard to choose my favourite fabric. Silk comes pretty high. Linen is lovely. But wool wins. Wool is a super-fibre: natural, sustainable, breathable, fire-resistant, hydrophobic and fantastically warm. When I researched my book Sew Eco, I looked into the green credentials for wool, as well as…

Pinning The Past – British Folk Art Textiles

One of Summer 2014’s big London art exhibitions was Tate Britain’s British Folk Art show. Folk art is generally defined as things made by non-professional artists outside of the commercial art world. It isn’t really as simple as that, and this exhibition acknowledges that there’s no exact definition. What is…