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Embroidery, lacemaking and patchwork

It’s all in the detail, as handcrafting and ornamental embellishment are given a new lease of life in design and on accessories. Old fashioned, domestic and artisan crafts like needlepoint, lacemaking and patchwork quilting are looking to be especially significant over the coming year:

The recent anniversary of the Festival of Britain may well have inspired some of the intricate, retro style embroidery spotted recently:

Rosemary Milner’s dainty handkerchiefs are embroidered with images from nature and domestic lfe. Jessica Long’s embroidery and lacework draws inspiration from wartime experiences, relationships and styles and Rachel Eardley draws upon British tradition and heritage for her themes:

In a new twist, combining old crafts and colourful yarns, Ella Robinson uses embroidery with natural wood to create unique artworks:

Others have embroidered on to paintings to create a textured and layered effect:

Lindsay Taylor creates unique embroidered flower hair accessories and curiosity artworks:

Other young designers have been inspired by the animal kingdom. Abigail Brown’s handcrafted birds are made with colourful fabrics and then hand embroidered.

Donya Coward specializes in textile taxidermy, embellished with sequins and lace. She also embroiders patriotic patchwork wall-hangings, featuring British flags and symbols.

As well as traditional lace-making, filigree lace designs are being increasingly used in other crafts, such as ceramics, glass making and jewellery. Modern lacework has been influenced by Victorian design and vintage lace greetings cards. Rustic lace curiosities are also fashionable, like the examples from Venezuela below.

Catherine Carr creates delicate lace-like dishes from glass.

Denise Pepper has also made vintage lace panels from glass:

Imogen Luddy has not only created lace tableware, but has actually designed and made a lace-effect table:

Another table spotted featured a lace pattern on wood:

Sligthly more conventional is Julia Burness’ lace inspired jewellery collection:

Cailline Lea’s silk headpieces also feature intricate lace designs.

Once again, inspiration nods back to the Festival of Britain to a time when patchwork quilts were popular. The Patchwork of the Century, made for the 1951 expo has recently been on display at the Royal Festival Hall – just a stone’s throw from Tracey Emin’s contemporary quilts, recently on show at the Hayward Gallery.

An innovative development is Pepe Heykoop’s revival of a primitive raw material to create a selection of home furnishings and quirky, patchwork furniture coverings for his ‘skin collection’.

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