During the pandemic, interior textiles company Stitch by Stitch is hosting a series of conversations on Instagram Live. Textile Talks runs twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday; they are informal chats with textile designers and brands where Stitch by Stitch directors Graham Hollick or Karen Sear Shimali ask designers to talk about their work and how they are dealing with the current situation. So far, they have spoken with Safomasi, Carole Waller, Naomi Paul and Helen Yardley and have guests lined up throughout the rest of May including hand weaver Maria Sigma, and embroiderer Ekta Kaul and our founder Polly Leonard on Thursday 28th May at 4pm. Talks take place live and highlights are available to view afterwards. For the latest information, visit and follow Stitch by Stitch’s Instagram.
Image: Naomi Paul Simple Shade Pendant 50/50.
Stitch by Stitch creates handmade and small batch production textiles for residential interiors, working with artisan weavers, embroiderers and quilt makers in Gujarat in India, Nepal and England. The textiles are designed in the UK, and ethically produced combining ancient artisan skills with a modern aesthetic. The textiles are either hand woven with hand spun yarn by home-based workers in India and Nepal, or woven in small batches at a micro mill in England. Only natural fibres such as organic, rain-fed kala cotton and wool are used, often coloured with natural dyes. These textiles are made into cushions, quilts, blankets, and rugs, all which have a certain quality of weight and tactility.
The Textile Talks are with designers who share a similar ethos of natural, ethical, small scale textile production.
Stitch by Stich director Graham’s experience spans art direction and image creation, forecasting, designing of exhibitions, props and textiles. In his spare time, he designs sets and costumes for the Chickenshed theatre company and is a Leith-trained cook. Karen has specialist knowledge in the architecture and interior design industry. On joining Graham as co-director of Stitch by Stitch, Karen returned to her original training having studied textile design, at the same time as Graham, at the Winchester School of Art.