Where did the Summer go?

While I am enjoying the last of the Summer sun walking and sketching it seems the Summer has gone so fast. Preparing and teaching classes has gone on along side gardening and visiting friends. 

As we were holidaying in Crete I decided to learn Cretan stitch . Here are my first attempts

On our visit to folk museums we saw some beautiful work and met some lovely people. This was taken at a convent near Chania.

This was a piece of delicate embroidery in Cretan stitch in Chania folk museum.

Sitting on the balcony having our afternoon siesta I completed a simple design in Cretan stitch. 

I-really enjoyed it and it is definitely a stitch which will be integrated into my own work. 

I am looking forward to workshops planned this Autumn at The Sewing Shed, Ilkley, Dutton’s for Buttons, York and Ryedale Embroiderers Guild.

Follow my Instagram to see work in progress and the beautiful work done on my workshops- helenbarnestextileartist 

Another busy month

The month started off with the Ilkley Art Trail , after preparing work and printing cards I turned my front room into a gallery . I had lots of lovely visitors and thoroughly enjoyed it .

A trip to the V&A to see the Christian Dior exhibition was a welcome relaxation . My favourite piece was a skirt and top, I think I will have a go at making it in the autumn.


Finally I have been teaching a variety of workshops including a successful day workshop on visual mending at Dutton’s for Buttons , York .

I am now preparing for my holidays to Crete and selecting some Cretan embroidery to work on . I’ll post a picture of the finished piece next month. 

Enjoy the summer and Festival of Quilts . 


Stitch Magazine

Kantha article in Stitch magazine

I am very honoured to have an article in this months Stitch magazine,the two page spread is an in depth look at the history and techniques of Kantha embroidery and some of the work I have done from it. I hope you enjoy the article and it will inspire you to find out more.

I am tutoring at Oh Sew Sweet in Barnsley on Sunday Sept 1st if you would like to have a go. https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk


Summer Workshops

Summer workshop programme at three venues in Yorkshire

Oh Sew Sweet  (Barnsley) https://www.ohsewsweetshop.co.uk

 Sunday 7th July 10.30am – 4.0pm  £40

Durham Pennies- Handquilting with north country patterns 

Sunday 1st Sept 10.30am- 4.0pm   £40

Kantha Embroidery stitches and motifs

Duttons for Buttons ( York ) https://www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk/workshops/

Wednesday 10th July 10.am – 4.0 pm  £50 

1960’s Patches and Visible Mending

Wednesday 7th August 10.am- 4.0am

Medieval hand appliqué     £50

The Sewing Shed ( Ilkley ) https://www.thesewingshed.co.uk/classes-tuition/embroidery-with-helen/

Sunday 7th Sept 10.0am – 4.0 pm  £55

Sun Mandalas -A relaxing day learning new embroidery stitches to create a beautiful hanging mandala 

If you would like to know more contact me by email or look at the details of courses on the venues websites.

Thank you for your interest and I hope to meet you soon at a workshop 





Duttons for Buttons Workshops

Vintage Embroidery – Dutton’s for Buttons 

A great day stitching and relaxing studying the beautiful vintage embroideries of the past . We then had a go at some of the stitches and patterns . These are to be made up into Lavender bags for the home . 

1960,s Visible Mending is our next monthly workshop . To look at further workshops and book please use this link 


New workshops in Ilkley will be advertised soon with The Sewing Shed so please look out for these too. 


North Country Quilting 

A busy month studying North Country Quilting starting off with a quilt from the Quilting Museum https://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk  

The stripy quilt showing a linear feather design . 

At the Bowes museum I saw a dramatic framed diamond quilt in turkey red and cream. The maker is unknown but it thought to be sewn around the 1900’s .

And at Beamish my favourite designs came from a quilt by Sarah Hunter Walker around 1930.

I have many more photographs I will draw from and make samples from which I will post in the coming months . There is so much inspiration from these North Country quilts and it will be the focus of my work in the coming years as it is part of our heritage. I feel it is important to celebrate the Quilters of the past and look to see what designs we can take forward from the quilts. 

My first sample – a Weardale chain 



‘Embroidery’ The Textile Art Magazine

Proud to be in print in this months Embroidery magazine 

It is a real privilege to be part of the Embroideries Guild and to be involved in the local Skipton branch  https://skiptoneg.blogspot.com and visit other branches to present workshops. Local guilds are always welcoming to new members whatever their ability . So if you are interested in embroidery contact your local guild and stitch and chat with like minded people.



Durham quilting workshop

Had a great day at Oh Sew Sweet in Barnsley teaching about Durham quilting . The ladies were a pleasure to teach and did some beautiful hand quilting . 

“Thank you for a very enjoyable day learning about the history behind the quilts was fascinating. You are a very patient and helpful teacher” Lynda 

The next workshop at Oh Sew Sweet is on Indian kanthan work on April 27th . Please see their website for further details . 


Dutton Heritage Workshop

A  brilliant start to the Dutton heritage workshops . We had a relaxing stitching day in the York shop in the amazing Medieval Room. We chatted about the Brontes , the embroidery of the Regency period and made a needle roll in the spirit of Charlotte Brontes darning roll.

Join us for the Old English Patchwork workshop making an English rose pin cushion in March or check out what is on throughout the year. http://duttonsforbuttons.co.uk 

“Thank you Helen for a lovely day. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and was inspired by your knowledge and enthusiasm. “ Jill Morris

Celebration Birthday Sewing Party 

My sister Sarah and her friends had a great afternoon hand embroidering stylised flower and shell designs to hang up in embroidery hoops. It was lovely to see non crafters  trying something new and taking home a finished art piece to hang up at home.

If you would like a special party with your friends just let me know . 

“Thanks Helen for the wonderful workshop inspired by quilts of the Durham miners wives. It was interesting to learn the history and the worksheets and examples provided an excellent starting point for our own work . Thank you for a enjoyable afternoon” Christine Mason