Friday, 13 April 2012


Handmade by Edwina
Texture is incredibly important, but I wonder how many of us think about it?  What do I mean by it too?

When I was at Art College I remember having a great deal of fun in my sketchbook by experimenting with acrylic paint and mixing it variety of other substances to create texture, for example, salt, sand, poppy seeds, candle wax, and cut up bits of polystyrene.  Of course, you can buy acrylic mediums that create different textural effects, but they were expensive, and I was having way too much fun using these other substances!  My tutor commented that silky smooth is a texture.  (‘Fine’, I thought, ‘but not nearly as exciting!’)

When I started making collages texture became key, and I sought out handmade papers, textured wallpaper that I would paint with acrylic paint, different types of fabric, lace, buttons, beads, stitching, wool, raffia, ribbon etc.  Colour and variety seemed important.  So texture has always been part of what I do creatively whether consciously or unconsciously.  If you are interested in looking at my collages check out my website:

Crafting with fabric is a great joy.  If I find a plain fabric then I think of a myriad ways to add to it, whether it is appliqué, stitching, embroidery, or lace and buttons.  With highly patterned fabric, then adding texture is more challenging...  and sometimes not really required, but I’m always looking for ways to use buttons from my huge stash!  I also have a small stash of vintage braid too that I have been using recently, often because I feel I am adding a unique ingredient to what I am creating!
Lace is my favourite medium for adding texture.  I don’t know what it is about lace, but I love everything about it and I have a huge stash that I still keep adding to!  I was told recently that lace is a totally feminine thing.  I’d never thought about it before.  Maybe unconsciously I am making a statement about being a woman and lace is representative of that fact.

Anyway, here is my blog all about texture and how on earth am I going to illustrate it?  It seemed obvious to select a few items from the lovely April Artisans that demonstrate texture in a myriad of different ways.
Don’t forget to click on the photo and it will take you directly to their shop. Enjoy!



  1. I adore lace too!great selection and thank you for including my earrings

    Max x

  2. Super posting Edwina. I agree with you about texture. I think thats why I love embroidery and pewter so much.
    You've got a beautiful selection here.


  3. Interesting and enjoyable read. Texture makes things so much more interesting.


  4. Lovely notebook. I love using lace for texture too. I think it is also the reason I love knitting so much - you can create so many textures from two very basic stitches.

  5. Absolutely love the notebook. Fabulous selection, thank you for sharing :) x

  6. Touch, one of our five senses and one that we all use day in day out, without even thinking about it, texture is so important!
    To me texture is pleasure, identification and I so agree with Sarah, it is amazing how many textures you can created during knitting and crochet!

    Thank you so much for including my little embroidered picture today, in such a wonderful gallery!

    Natalie x

  7. Gorgeous collection! One problem though (and it may be just me as no-one else mentioned it) but clicking on the photos isn't taking me to the shops.... x

    1. Thanks Ailsa. I added the links to the photos and tested them and it worked fine, but then I view the blog and none of them work! Can't work it out what's wrong, so sorry folks the links don't work! Edwina

  8. Lovely stuff and I love lace as well.

    Shirley x

  9. lovely post.
    i have just discovered lace, it's not as delicate as used to think it was.
    Or peraps it's that now im not frightened to experiment with it!

    {Dab and a dash.}

  10. What an enjoyable article - and beautifully illustrated by your purple notebook cover and other fab finds. :)