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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 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 around the world.
I have a wide range of workshops to offer and a blog which will feature a study of a piece of hand embroidery/quilting from a museum, exhibition or my collection.

My workshops include

Starting from home

Durham Pennies
Bronte Rolls
Liberty Florals

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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