Where do you go to find creative inspiration? For me, it’s the stunning Dorset coastline that really stirs my soul, and the beautiful countryside around my home in the South of England – although a good Pinterest board has been known to fuel my imagination just as effectively!
Effie Galletly, whose work is pictured left, was so awed by the sweeping panoramas of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides that she felt moved to capture them in a breathtaking series of pieced landscapes. Harriet Riddell, whose stitched work also features in this issue, draws inspiration from the people she meets on her globetrotting travels to create playful portraits and fascinating textile art.
Whilst few of us are as brave as Harriet, ready to pack up our sewing machine and set off in search of stitching adventures, what’s important is that we find that creative spark – and run with it.
This issue of Pretty Patches is full of inspiration in all shapes and sizes. If you’re looking for a quilting challenge, Michael Caputo’s retro-style table runner or Angela Pingel’s clever Drunkard’s Path block quilt are ideal, but we’ve also got plenty of stitch-in-an-evening quick makes, including Claudia Schmidt’s patchwork tote and Debbie von Grabler-Crozier’s on-trend cactus pincushion.
We’ve been having fun with vintage-style fabrics too, and I’m in love with Alice Caroline’s elegant butterfl y cushion, stitched in her own exclusive Liberty prints, and Judith Hollies’ pretty tablecloth in Tilda fabrics, ideal for al fresco summer dining. Happy stitching!
Karen Hollocks, Editor