Textiles & Embroideries
The techniques I use to make and decorate the fabric products are varied.
Some products are made using recycled materials (all are thoroughly cleaned before use), or off-cuts and end-of-rolls. Depending on the size of the pieces, such fabrics may then be used whole or made into patchwork.
Small scale weaving using a rigid heddle loom, inkle loom or tablet loom, plus hand knitting, crochet and felting are used for some of the hangings and practical items such as hats and bags.
Decoration is done using crewel and freestyle surface embroidery, couching, quilting, fabric manipulation and the addition of beads and found objects. I work with different threads such as pure wool, wool mixes, pure silk, stranded cotton, perlé cotton, linen, hessian and metallic threads.
My designs vary. As my business name suggests, fantasy ideas (particularly dragons!) are one feature but contemporary style and reproductions of ethnic or historical needlework are also used.
I enjoy trying to recreate prehistoric and historic designs like the carvings on stones found in Orkney or adapt them to more abstract designs.
I also like depicting views of Orkney in needle felt and embroidery.