Marguerita McBride

Hand-embroidery and dressmaking were almost every-day activities when I was growing up and for a large part of my life.  However, I did not get involved in the art and design side of stitch until I came across an inspirational City and Guilds Embroidery exhibition at Eccles Farm in 2007, whilst I was learning quilt-making.

I completed the Certificate in Design and Embroidery in 2012 and was delighted to be invited to join One Step On.    I particularly enjoy dyeing, painting and printing fabric as well as hand-stitching. I am currently working on elements of design as well as using sketch books and photography on my travels to develop my interest in architecture and link that to my next project with the group. I enjoy experimenting with colour and most of my original designs used bright colours on black silk or felt. I am now using Evolon and Lutradur to generate backgrounds using paints and dyes layering up of fabrics as well as using transfer printing on cotton. There are so many modern techniques to explore and experiment with as well as using traditional machine and hand stitch, beading and cut work. Not enough hours in the day!


Left: Over a Dry-stone Wall

A 3-D design using machine embellishing,
individual hand-made flowers, hand stitching
and beading.


Right: Jewellery Box

Hand made using pleated silk dupion
Motifs in cut through organza with
machine / hand stitch and beading.






Right: Evening Stole

Individual hand-painted motifs with
machine stitch, beading and crystals
on habutai silk lined with veruna wool.


Left: Evening Bag

Black silk habutai hand stitched
with a design inspired by Matisse.

23 x 25cm.


Right: Fragments of days gone.

Hand-smocked chiffon scraps on dry-stretched
mulberry bark with woven spider web, sequins
and earrings.



Left: The beginnings of recovery for devastated woodland

Hand-painted Evolon, machine and hand stitch.




Above: Treasure chest
Machine- embellished felt using wool tops,
decorative machine  stitching and
hand printed lining.    

20 x 19 x 10cm

Above: Flowers
Brazilian Embroidery

13cm x 18cm


Right: The Bridge at Princes Dock, Liverpool

Inspired by the Eduard Ross design at
Princes dock in Liverpool. Silk screen
print on cotton with hand embroidery.

20 x 29cm




Above: Curved Lines

An exercise in line and colour

Transfer printed on polyester with machine stitch, buttonholes and hand-woven cords



Above: British Woodland Species.

Hand and machine stitched motifs on transfer-printed Evolon.



Left: Lime Street Station.

Personal photographs printed onto a transfer substrate which was cut

to form sections for collage. The basic form was then printed on to cotton.

Further images were printed on silk were overlaid before design features

were highlighted with machine stitch.


Right: Madrid 2013

A collage print on cotton using a transfer medium with personal photographs

to highlight various sites in Madrid.


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