Today on the Stitchery Stories embroidery podcast, Hattie McGill shares her life as a hand embroidery artist and freelance embroiderer working in fashion, costume and film.

Listen as Hattie shares her embroidery journey and how she balances her own art for sale and commission, with the typically unpredictable world of being a freelance embroiderer. Hattie also shares some very interesting insights into doing embroidery for films and fashion designers. And by total contrast, her own work is heavily influenced by the natural world and objects around us.

Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see examples of  Hattie’s work … 

Susan Weeks chats with Hattie about:

  • The fairs she is busy making for at the moment including the London Artisans fair 31 March and 1st April (links below)
  • Embroidering clothes and items for the recent Kenneth Branagh film ‘Murder On The Orient Express’
  • Creating crustaceans with amusing names
  • Making an embroidery for Mother’s Day aged 3
  • A creative path that led to the Royal School Of Needlework
  • Collecting things and being inspired by the natural world
  • Hoarding furniture…
  • Working with fashion house Alexander McQueen
  • The demand for haute couture embroidery
  • Valueing the skills and traditions we have in the UK around embroidery
  • Can Hattie pick a favourite technique?
  • Working on elements in a Dolls House for the V&A Museum Of Childhood
  • Why sewing by candlelight is no longer advised!
  • The annoyance of sewing your embroidery to your clothes by mistake… grrr
  • The doomed skeleton that only consists of ONE ARM so far
  • Feeling guilty at doing embroidery ‘just’ for herself
  • The challenges of combining freelance work and making your own work for sale and commission
Hattie McGill Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest
Hattie McGill Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest



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