About - Marys Vintage Orchard

Fresh vintage style in the Cotswolds

I would like this to be a place you'll return to when you want a unique piece of stitchery..  I find it best to make things in ones and twos, taking time to hand-sew and add those extra details that lift a piece into being something special;  hopefully, an item to treasure for a long time.
The background cloth is usually chosen from a large collection of hand dyed vintage linen - though snowy white works best - I'm currently drawn towards a beautiful large piece in faded violet. Red thread seems to work well with it. 

I may repeat the use of an embroidery but, in the process of making and adding different elements of stitch and cloth,  each item becomes one of a kind.


I use in-house digitised embroidery to combine with antique textiles - aiming for exquisite, new, small pieces that provide fresh inspiration.  Also, digital print is sometimes in the mix.  I'm not averse to technology but hand-finishing is best.

Sharing the love for vintage patterned cloth - especially those pieces that really, really need rescuing, that are just too beautiful to be lost and if they already have a tiny, age-old mend within their folds, then they are all the more precious!

Some of my 'one-offs' have been exhibited and sold through Gallery Pangolin in Chalford and New Brewery Arts in Cirencester and I am a member of TOTO design Collective, a Stroud based group who arrange a 'pop up shop' from time to time.

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I studied English and Drama in Glasgow and somewhat dreamily sewed my way through all that, thinking of a time when I would be free to create. Many other courses were to follow, squeezed in, whenever I could manage; things like stencilling with Lyn le Grice, Gilding with Annie Sloane, textile printing at Stroud college and Adobe Illustrator at Cirencester.

For a while, American folk art and Shaker style took centre stage and recently I have thought I would quite like to go back to this, maybe giving my 'fresh' embroideries a primitive, care-worn look.

At the moment I am immersed in re-using vintage French and Hungarian linens as backgrounds to my cross stitch and other types of embroideries.

Country walks and fossicking in junk shops often provides new inspirations, whether it is just 'blowing away the cobwebs' or finding something with a tale to tell.




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