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Helen Barnes

I grew up in Yorkshire, in a home full of gorgeous fabrics and threads surrounded by beautiful countryside full of historic interest. I soon developed a keen awareness of the patterns and textures in my environment and translated these in to art and textiles.

I am inspired by the artisans who have passed down iconography and motifs from one generation to the next: from master to apprentice, from mother to daughter, and the concept of the motifs as they change meaning, shape and style through time. As I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively to research art and textiles around the world I have had the privilege of seeing first-hand the passing down of creative skills and patterns to the next generation. I have recently been sketching and quilting Durham/North Country quilt designs and I am keen to learn and share more about my own northern heritage.

I have worked in textiles teaching and exhibiting work for many years. I would like to share my enthusiasm and knowledge of hand embroidery and quilting from the Northern Dales as well as from around the world.
I offer a range of workshops and I am presently tutoring at Dutton's for Buttons, York, Oh Sew Sweet ,Barnsley and The Sewing Shed, Ilkley. I am also tutoring at Embroiderers Guild and Quilting Guild venues.
I have recently been awarded the Amy Emms Bursary to study the strippy quilts from the North of England. If you would like to share your strippy quilts with me it would be lovely to see your photos. Please contact me through my website., or use the contact form below.

My workshops include

Starting from home
Durham Pennies (North Country quilting)
Summer Shells and Wildlife Flowers (North Country quilting)
Strippy Mat (North Country quilting)

Around the world
Costa Rica Icons
Indian Kantha
Indian Shisha
Peruvian Knots
Japanese Sashiko
Vietnamese Braids

Please look at my website for more details .

If you have any questions or would like to book please contact me and we can discuss your requirements.

Get in touch with me

I am available as a teacher and a speaker.

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