Hello and may I just say what a pleasure it is to meet you all *extends virtual handshake* I suppose I should really introduce myself, I’m Loadofolbobbins aka Jessica Taylor and over the coming weeks and months I shall be taking you all on a stitch adventure uncovering some of the best needlecraft Etsy has to offer, think of me as your David Attenborough of craft. However, for my first post I thought it would be a good idea to present you all with my credentials and tell you all about my work.
When I’m not busy making friends with pigeons I can be found stitching or drawing by the coast in Portsmouth. I graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA(Hons) in Textile Art in 2008, but I think my fate was sealed when my tiny toddler hands had their first finger painting experience, from that point on I’ve been hooked on all things creative. The first thing I remember stitching was an Early Learning Centre cross-stitched bookmark with one of those exceptionally blunt child-friendly needles, after many a finger stabbing incident I sometimes wish I still used one.
As a Textile Artist and Illustrator I like to experiment with lots of techniques, particularly hand embroidery and free motion machine embroidery. Like most arty folk my inspiration can strike at any time and from anywhere but a constant source for me has been old photographs and their link to family histories. My foray into illustration has been quite a new development, inspired and encouraged by my family, particularly my fab older sister.
Now, after much admiring from afar, I have taken the plunge and opened my own Etsy shop. After only a short time exploring the wonders Etsy has to offer I have found a treasure trove of stitchy creations to share with you all. If any of you have made similar discoveries and would like to show me a needlecraft artist I may not know please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her new Etsy shop.