Sunday, 14 June 2009

Artist Feature: MilesOfTextiles

Sorry for another missed post yesterday; I've got some relationship stuff going on at the moment that is taking up a fair amount of time and energy.

There haven't been any entries into the 'On the other Hand' photography challenge.  I will therefore run through the rules again in the hope somebody will want to share a photograph with us:
To enter your photographic take on the theme 'on the other hand' please comment on this post with a link to your image. At the end of the week I'll open a poll to choose the winner, whose work I will do a feature on.

Please enjoy this little interview with Etsy seller Catheline of MilesOf Textiles.

How long have you been an etsy seller?
I have been an Etsy seller since January '09.
How do you get your inspiration?
The textiles themselves inspire me. I'll take a little snippet or whole piece, combine a few of them together, hold them under different lighting, and magically something happens and a new design will pop into my head. That's usually the start. 

How long do you spend working on your shop in the average week?
I work on my designs almost every day. Since I'm retired I have the luxury of creating as much or as little as I choose. If a design is really coming together for me I will work almost non-stop on it until it is the way I like it. If its not coming together I'll most likely put it aside and in a few days or weeks it may take on a whole new dimension. Its not beyond me to take something apart many many times until it right. 

What your favourite item in your shop at the moment?
This is my favorite pillow for sale at the moment. It is very very plush and soft. Its my favorite because a) it took me weeks to make it, b) its completely handstitched, c) everything on it really came together the way I envisioned it. I also try to master new techniques in working with the fabrics. This pillow has handsewn "shark's teeth" around that white & silver center piece. They added the special touch I was looking for. Also...the gold studding you see around the edges: they are all individually sewn on with fishing wire and are very strong. It gives a dramatic look to the contrasting softness of the fabrics.

Is there anything else we should know?
I'm retired from the foreign service. I've lived and traveled all over the world. My favorite memories and inspiration for my designs come from my time spent in the Middle East. It is where I bought the majority of the textiles I now use. 


  1. Here is my entry for the "On the Other Hand" photography challenge:

    Thank you!

  2. lovely, thank you Southern Girl

  3. Here's a link to my entry, it's a photo card in my etsy shop but I will be posting it on my blog as well.


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