My textile work is contemporary in style, and is influenced by places that I visit. I work with a domestic sewing machine and favourite techniques include appliqué, patchwork, embroidery and quilting. Ideas are explored in sketch books and monthly journal quilts.I have recently worked a series of quilts inspired by reflections and distortions in modern glass curtain wall buildings. Another current style of work is based on printed and painted backgrounds using acrylics and fabric paint. My new adventure is in felt making both wet and dry techniques.
I have taught patchwork and machine embroidery in local adult education for over 25 years, and also teach day schools, give talks, teach weekly classes, and teach in the Quilt Academy at the Festival of Quilts.
I write projects for the UK patchwork & quilting magazines.
My first book "Applique, a cushion a week" was published in 2009
"Cakes & Candies", Search Press published 2013, a textile project book
I have 3 current talks, "Fire& Water", "Inspired by Colour", and "Travellers Tales". I bring a lot of quilts to illustrate my talks, and don't use slides.
Look out for my classes with the Living Threads group http://www.livingthreadstextileartists.com
and at the Festival of Quilts, Quilt Academy http://www.thefestivalofquilts.com
There are several more of these, but here are just 4, and images are available.
"Reflections & Distortions" free cut patchwork techniques using a rotary cutter and no ruler! Based on the Docklands quilt.
"Moroccan Pot Shapes" an A4 appliqué quilt based on Moroccan ceramics, with decorative borders.
"A Stylish Book Wrap" raw edge appliqué and machine embroidery are used to make an A6 size book wrap.
"Summer Landscape" pieced together to create a small patchwork landscape, and quilted.
Weekly patchwork classes in Derby, Tuesday 10-noon, suitable for beginners and improvers offering structured lessons. New classes to start in September 2019.
Please look at my website for more information and to see images http://www.heatherleadesign.com
Contemporary Quilters 2018 challenge "In Print". My quilt "Aspects of Venice" is included with the touring exhibition until April 2019. Image below.
I won the Julia Caprara award for best use of colour with Embroiderers Guild Members Challenge 2018. The theme was "Underfoot". The piece of work was "Weybourne Beach" illustrated in the photographs below. Dry felting created pebbles.