A very happy and not too chilly February to you all my wonderful ‘Exploring Etsy’ gang (those of us in the northern hemisphere that is). This month is always a special one for me as both my shop and I age another year. After having a grand old time and being plied with cake these last few weeks I can’t think of a better cherry on top than to share another amazing Etsy maker with you all! So let us all raise our needles and salute as I present Hazel of ‘H.Muir Designs‘.
Hazel, the designer behind H.Muir Designs, has always had a passion for design and has been creative from a young age. At university she studied Textile Design where she went on to specialise in weaving. ‘I really enjoy the technical process of weaving as well as the relaxing side to it. I love working with colour and shape and also adding lots of texture to bring my designs to life. I have only recently gotten back into weaving again after many years away from it, and it has been great to explore more design ideas through colour and pattern use. My woven tapestries have a bold look to them, with the use of geometric stitching, which helps to bring them to life and give them a modern and contemporary look.’
What is your earliest stitching memory?
My earliest memory would be with my Grandma when I was about nine years old. She had given me quite a detailed floral pattern to work on and she showed me a couple of different stitches to work with. I do remember it taking a very long time to complete and then not attempting anything floral after that.
What fires your imagination?
I am greatly inspired by colour and shape and often find my surroundings, inside or out, can spark an idea or a colour combination I want to use. I love interior design, and enjoy scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram for ideas.
The combination of weave and embroidery in Hazel’s work is really lovely and she has such an incredible eye for design. If any of you are anything like me it can be so difficult not to overwork a piece and maybe add one too many finishing touches, but if her work is anything to go by it looks like Hazel has no such trouble, it all feels so complete and her use of space is magnificent. So make sure to pop over to her shop and see more of her stunning work!
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 Etsy shop.