Images courtesy of Madder Cutch & Co.
Nicola Cliffe, founder of Madder Cutch & Co, has filmed a free tutorial for Selvedge readers. Using scraps or your own printed fabric, the easy to follow video (see below) will take you through creating a simple fabric bucket which can be used as a plant pot cover or storage bucket. Materials required are basic sewing tools and two pieces of material, one decorative and one lining piece, large enough to go around the pot you want to decorate – the circumference of the pot plus 4cm. Nicola uses a sewing machine, but you could hand sew if you need to, creating a slower and more rustic project.
Under the brand name Madder Cutch & Co, Nicola creates original designs that are screen printed by hand on UK woven linen, using sustainably sourced plant dyes and pigments. Formerly a chemistry teacher, Nicola's lifelong love of textiles and an aim to redress the careless use of synthetic dyes worldwide, spurred her to create Madder Cutch & Co. in October 2016 after graduating from UAL. Inspired by her surroundings and a love to draw, Nicola turns her sketches into flowing repeats and screen-prints her designs to order from her garden studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Her fabric collection has expanded rapidly and is available by the metre from maddercutchandco.com.
Each issue of Selvedge includes a project and we make many available in the Community section of our website. We will be adding more projects during this stressful period, and for anyone looking for distraction in a magazine, we have created a special discount code on all back issues, enjoy 50% off with code STAYATHOME. This will be active for the duration of the pandemic.
Nicola is a Selvedge workshop tutor and has led classes on natural dyeing and screen printing.