A New Venture: sumptuous velvet cushions!

I am very excited to announce my collaboration with a local company, Textile Express, on a new venture. A range of my embroideries have been printed on to the most beautiful cotton velvet as cushion panels!

It’s been an interesting journey developing the designs, testing a range of fabrics and working on the colours to get a collection of 6 designs to this stage. We are finally ready and here they are!

Pink Cabbage velvet panel

Designed primarily as cushion panels but so many other ideas are dancing around in our minds!

White Rose, design as a completed cushion

They are available as flat panels for you to sew or as cushions complete with a feather pad.

The panels can also be used for a variety of soft furnishings, making a great design statement as a chair seat or back. Another idea is to frame one or mount it on a canvas and put them on the wall, just one or maybe a set of them!

Eryngiums and Daises, a complete cushion

I also like the idea of incorporating them into a quilt or velvet throw and they would make great tote bags. The possibilities are all there for you to explore!

There are 6 designs. See the full range here

Complete cushion, the Red House Garden design

The Australian Leg

April helping me hang my exhibition in Gallery76

I moved on to Syndey for the second part of my trip, to be hosted by the Embroiderers Guild of NSW for a pop up exhibition of my work, a lecture, a weekend course and a 1 day masterclass! Busy week !

I had a super group of students who produced some exciting work on my courses in Sydney. They are on my students work page on my website.

Embellishing play day!

I did have some time off in Sydney and my host was kind enough to let me play with her embellishing/felting machine. It was so much fun. This is my first effort and I also satisfied my urges for some therapeutic hand stitching on this piece. Inspired by the NZ bush colours and textures. Watch this space for more embellishing pieces !

I moved on to WA for the final 10 days. First to Perth for a few days off and bizarrely experiencing the coldest October day in Perth in 17 years! I enjoyed exploring Fremantle and also gorgeous gardens with the early summer flowers

I taught a 3 day course in Margaret River midweek, we made 3D lacy winter trees and applied them to silk painted skies. What a beautiful set of work came out of this workshop!

Finally back to Perth for the last bit of teaching, this was for TAAMMI a textile group strongly focused on machine embroidery. We worked on Colourful Landscapes I was very proud of the standard of work achieved.

I always love the enthusiasm of my students when I travel such distances to share my skills and experience

An evening stroll on the beach south of Margaret River