Material World: meet the applique experts

The master class is from …

Who? Jan Constantine

Why? Jan’s classic appliqué homewares can be found in the finest department stores in the country – Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty and Fortnum and Mason. Though she uses the traditional technique of appliqué – which can all-too-often look old-fashioned and twee – her designs are so fresh and contemporary.

Where can I see more? Buy cushions, candles, cards, kits and more from, or visit her store in Staffordshire.

The insider tricks are by …

Who? Chloe Owens

Why? Remember that BRILLIANT craft special that Stylist did? Well textile designer Chloe made the cover. When she’s not creating front pages, she’s off writing books, making soft toys, cards, cushions and bespoke canvases.

Where can I see more? Her online home, is a treasure trove of things to buy, free patterns and her blog. All Sewn Up, her latest book, is published by Cico. She tweets at @ChloeOwens.

Who? Michelle Duxbury

Why? Michelle writes about craft – and actually makes it (unlike me, as I never seem to have any spare time. Sigh.) Whether it’s for US blogs or ones that she’s founded, she seeks out the best, most exciting new makers. She’s currently doing a PhD in craft. Which is awesome.

Where can I see more? On Twitter she’s @alabamacupcakes, but for things that are longer than 140 characters, try Dorkadore or The Culture Vulture.

Who? Poppy Treffry

Why? Based in St Ives, this textile designer’s freehand style is what makes her stuff so distinct. Back in the day it was just her and a sewing machine – now she has a team of crack seamstresses helping her make the cushions, purses and other fabric products that sell across the world.

Where can I see more? Online, they’re at If you’re ever passing St Ives, head to their shop (Poppy Treffry, Drill Hall, Chapel Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2LR) or book on one of Poppy’s freehand embroidery courses.


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