Paula Limburn

Textile Alchemist

I have been sewing and knitting since I was a child and as such love creating. There are so many new materials out there, as well as the traditional. I like to mix both, like an alchemist would her chemicals, in order to design and create unique handmade gifts. Depending on the price, I dye my own fabrics and threads. To make my items unique I make my own cords, buttons, toggles etc. I take great pride in my work and each piece is made with passion and love.

The inspiration for my work comes from Mother Nature in all her guises as she journeys through the seasons of the year. Her wonderful colours, shapes and the experiences she gives, that transcend ordinary consciousness, are captured as ‘snapshots’ within my work.

I try to make all of my gifts as functional as possible so that they can be used and enjoyed every day. If there is an item that you really like but would prefer it in another colourway, please ask as I may have the colour you are looking for. Alternatively I could custom-make and personalise an an item for you.

I also upcycle clothes, scarves and necklaces, giving them a new lease of life. All are hand embellished and therefore ‘one-offs’.

While a lot of my skills are self taught, I have also completed City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Embroidery and a Level 2 in Machine Embroidery.

New for 2020 are ‘fabric folio’ workshops. Learn how to create a variety of new, exciting fabrics to use creatively.

I have been a member of the New Forest Marque since 2014.