Thursday, 17 November 2016

Carole shares her star cushions

Carole's star cushions are featured as a project in the latest edition of British Patchwork and Quilting......... out now

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Mary in Stitch Magazine

Mary McIntosh's Texture Adventures technique features in Stitch Magazine this month.

Stitch magazine Oct/Nov edition 2016

Mary teaches this technique of layering fabrics with sheers, stitching and then cutting back as a workshop to groups and also sells packs to create an 8" panel
Page 44 of Stitch Magazine

Texture Adventures project (detail)

To order a pack or to find a list of Mary's workshops please email her on: or visit 

Monday, 19 September 2016

Janet's off on tour again

Janet Valentine will be showing a quilt selected as part of 'The Living World' touring exhibition 2016 - 2017
Daisy, Daisy, Daisies by Janet Valentine

Janet says "The piece is called Daisy, Daisy, Daisies and was inspired by the thousands of daisies that grow in my garden each summer. I leave the front lawn to grow, allowing the wild flowers to seed and helping the wildlife.
It was stencilled and roller painted with fabric paints after dyeing the fabric. Machine stitching and couching.

The tour dates and venues are as follows:
  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, Westpoint Centre, Exeter: 22-25 September 2016
  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, EventCity, Manchester: 2-4 February 2017
  • The Scottish Quilting Show, SECC, Glasgow: 2-5 March 2017
  • Fashion & Embroidery, NEC, Birmingham: 16-19 March 2017
  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, Eikon Centre, Belfast: 30 March – 1 April 2017
  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, HIC, Harrogate: 6-8 April 2017
  • Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, ExCeL, London: 20-22 April 2017

Daisy, Daisy, Daisies (detail)

Monday, 15 August 2016

Miss Monet makes a dramatic entrance

The exquisite Miss Monet corset and skirt created by Karen Frost was modelled at the Fashion Show at the International Festival Of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham this week.

Made from recycled calico coffin covers which have been silk painted, appliqued, embellished with smocking, sheers, buttons, beads, and well as being machine quilted and hand embroidered.
Karen's first ever attempt at smocking!  Bodice detail.
Congratulations to Karen on being invited to take part in this prestigious event and she will be back in her sewing room soon as she has been invited back for 2017!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Alumni on show

Out of the Fold are proud to have been selected as the guest exhibitors at the Creative Stitch Suffolk City and Guilds Graduate Show in Wickham Market on Sat 25th and Sun 26th June 2016

Out of the Fold was initially formed, ten years ago, of students graduating from City and Guilds courses in patchwork and quilting and have been joined through the years by others with qualifications in creative embroidery and other textile crafts. OOTF members have since all gone on to develop their skills and to make work in their own style.

We wish this new set of Graduates the best of luck for the future and look forward to following their textile careers.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Karen and Helen published!

The new book by Val Holmes includes work by Out Of the Fold members Helen Marchant and Karen Frost. 

Published May 2016
 Helen made 'Priscilla' for the Out of the Fold Gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show in 2014 where it was seen by Val Holmes, then preparing her book on Experimental Corsets, who asked Helen if it may be included in the book. Here she is looking rather fabulous.

Priscilla by Helen Marchant

At the same show Val saw the beautiful fairytale jacket created by Karen and asked her to create a brand new and unique corset in a similar style for her book. Inspired by the Fairy Queen from A Midsummer's Nights Dream this is the result.
Titania's Corset by Karen Frost
'Experimental Corsets' is published by Batsford and is available now

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Out of the Fold goes Out of County

Lynne, Janet and local Essex girl Carole were the OOTF ambassadors at a presentation of the group's work to Romford Embroiderers.

Lynne setting out the display
 On show was 'Out of Line' - the most recent joint exhibit made by Out of the Fold plus two or three pieces of work by each group member showing the breath and variety or textile art created during the last 10 years.

The presentation was warmly received with one comment:
"this is the most professionally produced body of work by a textile group we have seen"

Work by members of Romford Embroiderers Guild can currently be seen on Show at Hedingham Castle as part of the Capability Brown celebrations