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African Inspirations in Embroidery

African Inspirations in Embroidery The paperback edition has a new cover. There are more than 90 colour images of the African people and landscape encountered in my travels and research in southern Africa. These images together with textiles, beadwork and artefacts collected during many years of travel and study in southern Africa provide the inspiration to explore the journey from source material through the design process to completed textiles. The book includes information about traditional craft and culture, ways of recording and developing design ideas, textile techniques and samples and a wide range of textile art. I hope that some of the joy, mystery and magic of Africa, its people and culture will rub off on readers.

African Inspirations in Embroidery published by Batsford an imprint of Pavilion Books as a hardback (ISBN 0-7134-8921-9). It is available as a paperback edition (ISBN 978-1-906388-32-4) from Amazon.

Photographs by Michael Wicks. Reproduced with kind permission from Batsford. © Batsford 2004

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Exploring African Themes in fabric and stitch

Exploring African Themes in fabric & stitch (ISBN 978-1-904499-32-9) shows how to use African sources as inspiration for design. Following on from my first book, it explores new themes based on materials, construction, recycling, decoration, embroidery and embellishment. The focus is on using innovative and imaginative ways to develop individual ideas. As well as providing inspiration, the book contains clear instructions for a range of processes and is lavishly illustrated with over 150 original photographs by Roger Sleigh. Exploring African Themes will be a delight not only for those who enjoy African culture, but also for those who want to develop their own creative skills.

Paperback A4 format 125 pages. Photography by Roger Sleigh

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To buy a single copy of Exploring African Themes in fabric and stitch for the price of £10 incl. P&P in the UK click on the button below.

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Drift Line

Shell collections stitched and mounted on hand made embossed paper
Shells from personal collections made during travels in Southern Africa
21.5 cm square unframed

Drift Line 1, 2, 3 and 4 are available to buy individually below for £75 each or as a set of 4 for £250 incl. P&P in the UK.

Click on the button below to buy the set of 4.

Drift Line 1

£75 incl. P&P in the UK

Drift Line 2

£75 incl. P&P in the UK

Drift Line 3

£75 incl. P&P in the UK

Drift Line 4

£75 incl. P&P in the UK

Looking through 1, 2 and 3

A series of three panels, water colour studies trapped in organza, mounted on dyed organdie, acrylic
each panel 85 x 11 cm - aluminium fixings included

1 2 3

These may be purchased as a set of 3 - £400 incl. P&P in the UK

or purchased individually

Looking through 1
£150 incl. P&P in the UK

Looking Through 2
£150 incl. P&P in the UK

Looking through 3
£150 incl. P&P in the UK


A series of 12 pouches, 18 x 10 x 3 cm each
Hand stitched, printed linen, leather, with a glass phial included

The Pouches are available to purchase individually £60 incl. P&P in the UK by clicking here.

If you wish to buy a set of 4 for £200 incl. P&P in the UK. Please use the contact form on the left to specify your choice of 4, and I will confirm availability and send you a separate paypal invoice.

Each pouch has a glass phial inside that could be used to display a fresh flower, and can be pinned to a wall using the mounting hole in the back of the pouch . This is illustrated below.

Delivery outside the UK

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Online Workshops

Colour Sense

The next six week cycle of the three workshops will start on February 15th.

A series of 3 workshops suitable for beginners or those who want to brush up their skills. Colour is a major element in all creative work; sets the mood and atmosphere and it’s very often the first thing we notice. These workshops are all about colour, understanding more about the theory and becoming more sensitive to the possibilities in our own work. We shall take it a step at a time with a range of practical tasks leading to some stitched samples and small projects.

Images, comments, queries and feedback can be posted on a Facebook page open only to me and participants.

On payment of the fee of £15 per workshop or £40 for all three, you will receive a downloadable PDF with fully illustrated instructions for each workshop at two week intervals.

single workshop 1
single workshop 2
single workshop 3

Set of 3 workshops for £40 for all three

Please use the Contact me button to send me your Name, Workshop title, telephone number and email address.

If several of you would like to form a group, I would be happy to quote for a group price. Please use the Contact me button.

Please respect copyright. These worksheets are for the sole use of the individual course member and should not be used in any form for other purposes. No image may be photocopied or reproduced without prior permission of the artist. All images are copyright © Mary Sleigh 2020 unless otherwise stated.


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