I was born with thread in my hand and pin between my lips.
I can’t remember learning to thread a needle like I can’t remember learning to use a spoon and yet I do every day, for needle and thread feed my soul.
It’s no secret that I am completely biased when it comes to thread choice. I’m sure those threads of CGT that strangely disappear while I’m stitching have found their way into my system and bonded to the strands of my DNA. Or, they are most likely stuck to my bum. Either way, they are a part of me and I like to think I’m a big part of Cottage Garden Threads too. What began as my Mum’s baby has now become mine too. In a completely non incesty kind of way.
We make a great team, my Mum and I. She is grounded, determined, like a tree taking root and holding firm against the wind blowing in all directions. No matter what threatens to blow her down, she stands strong and continues to grow. I am a bit of a dreamer, a thinker, the seeds of the tree that catch the wind and flit about here and there seeking new ground and new ideas, only possible because I am let free to be carried away by inspiration.
Whenever you thread your needle with CGT, know that you are stitching with strands of pure love. The kind of immeasurable love that exists between a Mother and a daughter. Even when the winds are inspiring change and the tree doesn’t like change very much.
So if you haven’t yet stitched with CGT, get some in your needle and feel the love.
I think of myself as a bit of a chameleon when it comes to designing, not able to pin myself to any one style. I am surrounded by so much inspiration every day that I tend to catch to catch the wind and go with it. I appreciate almost all forms of stitching, embroidery and textiles and love learning new techniques and playing with new materials.
My formal education background is in fashion design and textile design, my informal education has been from my mentors Brenda Ryan of Thimblestitch and Mum. I absorb as much knowledge as possible so that I may pass it on to others who wish to learn and even though I have been involved in textiles since I can remember, I love seeing people fall in love with it for the first time. I love that handcrafting and making is coming back! If I can be a part of spurring a new addiction to stitching, I am happy.
Following on from the first Inky Stitches Foxy stitchalong, I am exploring other illustrations such as the Jellyfish from the Lost Ocean colouring book and creating online stitchalongs featuring Cottage Garden Threads. With the release of my very own range of threads called CGT EDIT – Typography. Typography is a CGT thread and pattern range designed with a thread for each letter of the alphabet along with ampersand (&) and numeric (representing numbers 0-9). An idea for a range sparked by my son Mac who asked me if there was a thread for every letter of the alphabet.
The eclectic mix of colours are inspired by my love of typography and a nod to vintage wartime with the use of the radiotelephony phonetic alphabet. Incorporating an eclectic mix of rich printers inks with on trend metals like gold, rose gold and copper, blended with industrial steels, rusts and petinas. Each thread has a free design of the letter and later in the year I will be launching a mystery typography quilt using all of the threads and fabric designed by yours truly.
Pam will also be sharing all of the latest news and products from CGT including the new collectors club and other EDIT ranges from designers Brenda Ryan and Amy Kallissa.