Although most of the work I do is with teachers and students I also run the occasional class for non teachers. I also write occasional articles for mainstream textiles magazines, such as Sewing World and the online site The Sewing Directory, as well as having stands at mainstream shows, such as the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC. I do this because I am keen to change perceptions of what textiles is and to introduce less traditional materials to a wider audience. 

Back in 2013 a lady called Mary Sayers saw e-textiles components on my stall at the NEC and went on to have a go at using them in a Christmas stocking she was entering into a local competition. Although she didn't win it got her interested in using e-textiles components more. 

Mary and her friend, Chris Clay, have recently gone on to use e-textiles in more of their work and even did a presentation to their local machine embroidery group, MK GEMS, of how to use e-textiles in machine embroidered Christmas decorations. The photos on this page show some of the products Mary and Chris showcased. 

I am delighted by the work Mary and Chris have done using e-textiles especially as they haven’t attended any e-textiles training, and have just used the instructions on my website, as well as the ones that come with the components when they are purchased from me. They have even tried out more adventurous circuits as they have used popper switches on the greetings cards. 

Mary and Chris found that felt was an easy fabric to use with the components and they particularly like cutwork and lace embroidery designs as the lights can shine through the holes.

The Christmas card designs Mary and Chris created proved the most difficult to do because it was hard to find a suitable switch, but the solution was a simple metal popper sewn to the ribbon bow.  

I am delighted that Mary and Chris have been able to produce such excellent outcomes using e-textiles and that they have been able to share what they have learnt about e-textiles with their machine embroidery group. 

Want to find out more about e-texiles?

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