Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to my brand spanking new website! I hope you enjoy browsing through all of my work and my stories.

As a thank you for supporting me and my new venture, I will be giving you a handmade card with your bird, creature or bloom containing its own unique verse with every purchase. 

You will notice a link to my Etsy shop at the top of the home page. This will be my treasure trove, where you will find limited editions, discounted end of line items and special offers. I’ll make sure to let you know if something exciting is going into my Etsy shop.

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About Me

Welcome to my colourful world of quirky textiles, where you will find beautiful blooms, tweedy birds, charming critters and inspirational characters. My name is Kathryn Baker and I’m a textile artist based in Hebden Bridge, deep in the Yorkshire Pennines.

All of my designs are inspired by my love of nature, stirred with a good dollop of childlike imagination. They are brought to life from simple drawings into a series of templates, from which I cut fabric chosen for its suggestion of feather, fur, face or petal. I use other techniques including needle felting, applique, free motion embroidery, hand- stitching, bead and wire work to give each piece its own distinct character.

Tweed runs in my family’s blood. My grandma Alma was born in Philadelphia, but orphaned at two and sent back to Yorkshire to live with her maternal grandmother Letitia Grimshaw. Here she was brought up among aunts and uncles. Her uncle Vernon ran Grimshaw Brothers Ltd with his cousin Aubrey, who made fine wool tweeds and whip cords (a diagonal weave cloth made using worsted wool) at Clover Greaves Mill in Calverley, West Yorkshire. During wartime, the mill produced airforce cloth and khaki. The mill continued to make tweed until the mid 70’s. I like to use Yorkshire tweed in my work and imagine my grandma causing mischief around the looms that made it one hundred years ago.

I am a serial magpie when it comes to sumptuous shades, patterns and textures. The majority of my fabrics are carefully sourced Scottish and English tweeds that come with their own stories of wool, looms, and skilled hands. However, I also like to play with re-purposed fabrics, old velvet curtains, a rainbow of felt, sari cloth, unspun wool, once loved jeans and gardeners twine.

I hope you enjoy your foray into my textile landscape and enjoy meeting all of its inhabitants!

Thanks for stopping by!

Kath

My Fabrics

I come from a tweed manufacturing family.

Because of this the sourcing of my fabrics is as important to me as the designs themselves. All of the tweeds that I currently use are pure wool and made in the UK.

I am particularly passionate about promoting Yorkshire tweed as a nod to my tweed making great grand uncle Vernon Grimshaw.



Yorkshire Tweed



Harris Tweed



Upcycled Fabrics

Contact Me

Leave a Message

Email: kath@katfishdesigns.co.uk


My Suppliers

Yorkshire Tweed

Harrisons of Burleywww.harrisonsburley.net 01535 637410 https://www.harrisonsburley.net/
Huddersfield Fine Fabrics www.huddesfieldfinefabrics.com 0333 0502285
Moon Fabrics www.moons.co.uk 01943 873181

Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed Isle of Harris www.harristweedisleofharris.co.uk 01859 502040
Harris Tweed Hebrides www.harristweedhebrides.com 01851 702862
Christina’s Harris Tweed: www.christinasharristweed
Handmaiden UK www.harristweedfabric.com 01458 448112



Stockists

Scotland

Cairn Lodge Services, Douglas, Lanarkshire www.cairnlodgeservices.com

The North

Tebay Services (Northbound & Southbound), Penrith, Cumbria www.tebayservices.com
Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith, Cumbria www.rheged.com
Detail Retail, Ambleside, Cumbria www.detailretail.net
Spirals, Hebden Bridge www.spiralshebden.co.uk
Lumb Bank, Arvon Centre, Hebden Bridge www.arvon.org
Hebden Crafts, Grassington www.theoldschooltearoom.com
Sutton Bank National Park Visitor Centre, Thirsk www.northyorkmoors.org.uk
Daisy Days, Haworth www.daisy-days.co.uk

The Midlands

Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent www.stokemuseums.org.uk


Wales

No 47, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
Canal Central, Oswestry www.canalcentral.uk
Trefriw Woolen Mills, Conwy www.t-w-m.co.uk

The South

The Baobab Tree, Stow-on-the-wold, Cheltenham www.thecotswoldsbaobabtree.com
Black Swan Arts, Frome www.blackswanarts.co.uk
The Art Nest, Hitchin www.theartnest.com
Gloucester Services (Nothbound & Southbound), Gloucester www.gloucesterservices.com

International

Seagreen Gallery, Nags Head, North Carolina, USA www.seagreengallery.com
Seagreen North Gallery, North Carolina, USA www.seagreengallery.com