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Profile: Rebecca Hastings

Pops of colour, spectacular piecing and flowing curves give Rebecca Hastings’ creations an intriguing appeal. Rebecca Hastings has always had an affinity for craft, exposed to varying handcrafts from a young age. “My mother crocheted Afghan blankets, designed tapestries, cross stitch and embroidery, as well as painting with oils and watercolours,” Rebecca explains. “I used […]

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Designer Edge: Merrin Shaw

Merrin Shaw’s tea cosies are about so much more than keeping a teapot warm. They’re an invitation for storytelling and a laugh. She lovingly refers to them as her “beanies for kettles” and says they are full to the brim of personality and charm. But they’re not everyone’s cup of tea… some of her designs […]

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Designer Edge: Laura Heine

Laura Heine’s mix of artistic skills comes into play in her glorious art quilts. She has expert collaging skills when it comes to cutting and pasting, her painting talents shine as she arranges fabric motifs to blend colours, and her quilting abilities are award-winning. This multi-talented artist has created a candy-coloured world where everything from […]

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Selvedge: Meet Louise Newton

“I’ve always loved daisies. I grew up with them as they covered our garden at home. Perhaps they give me a sense of nostalgia, reminding me of making daisy chains with my sister and picking them for my mum when I was younger. She would use an egg cup as a vase to put them […]

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Selvedge with designer Alison Thompson

“My name is Alison and I love craft. It’s an obsession. Yep, there I said it. I’m a craftoholic … and proud!” Alison’s first love is crochet (closely followed by her husband and children, she adds …). She has a background in marketing and sees her future in arts and craft. In fact, she hopes […]

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Selvedge with designer, Lucy Levenson

“Scenes that I see in my head are full of very colourful elements.” If we say to you that Lucy Levenson’s fabric artworks are intoxicatingly lovely, there’s a good reason why – apart from the fact that they make your heart sing. They are produced in the cellar of an old English pub, just north […]

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Designer Edge: Sarah Burford

“Nostalgia is very important to some people, and the references to Silver Screen sirens tap into that world of old-fashioned magic.” The Golden Years of Hollywood have a chance to glitter again, not in celluloid but in fabric. And the award goes to … Sarah Burford, who has created a red-carpet line-up of starlet-style dolls. […]

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Selvedge with designer Carol Arnott

CAROL ARNOTT Carol Arnott’s work is all about capturing the essence of idyllic, seaside neighbourhoods (and the odd craggy fisherman!) in fabric and thread. As a testament to her talents, you can almost feel the sea breeze and taste the salty air while viewing her textile harbourscapes and felt hoops. From quaint cottages on one […]

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Selvedge with designer Lauren Porter

After a long-haul flight, Lauren Porter’s winged creatures seek antique tools for their stopover spots. A nightingale perches on a pair of scissors, a swallow swings on an embroidery hoop, a coal tit rests on a metal key and a wren admires the view from a hammer. The birds seems very content with staying there […]

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Selvedge with designer Lisa Mattock

Who needs therapists when you can take to stitching instead? That is, if you try the Lisa Mattock approach. Her explanation for her particular style of layer-upon-layer-upon-layer of patches, stitches and scrappy bits goes like this: “Slow stitching, I call it. And it centres around ‘make do and mend’ and the ‘waste not, want note’ […]