This interview took place at the National Patchwork Championships 2010 held at the Sandown Racecourse. Jacquie won three rosettes for her Christening gown. Best in Show, Best Wearable Art, and Best Handquilting.
Jacquie is available for teaching assignments and can be found at https://www.jacquieharvey.co.uk/
More about Jacquie Harvey
..as described by herself
I have been dressmaking and sewing since about the age of four. I have always been interested in needlecraft. Leaving a busy life in Surrey, UK, I moved to North Norfolk in 1993. With a grown-up family, I was able to devote much more of my time to patchwork and quilting.
My formal training amounts to City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Part 1, obtained in 1996. Since then, I have preferred traditional hand quilting small quilts and clothing, experimenting with historical design, fabrics, and threads. I also find competitions exciting, and the deadlines tend to be a constant challenge. My national and international awards are listed separately.
For seven years, I enjoyed teaching workshops regularly and demonstrating many of the techniques I had learned. I found this experience inspired many of my projects. Having ‘retired’ from regular teaching several years ago, I can now spend additional time developing my style further.
My passion is to study the quilting and embroidery on historical costumes andcostumeses, among other things. Moreover, l would like use this inspiration in much of my current work. I also enjoy teaching the occasional bespoke workshop and giving talks to groups, not necessarily all textile-based.
Over the years, I have written many articles and design projects for the UK and Australian quilting /embroidery magazines. I have also done special one-off projects for DMC Threads, which show that their collection of threads is just as adaptable to whole cloth quilting as they are for embroidery.
I have found that the most beneficial spin-off from quilting has been all the excellent relationships and friendships I have formed both in this country and abroad. Although a traditionalist at heart, I am also aware of the critical role new technology plays in the quilting world, particularly with the further development of my craft. I have even used it to teach an online Block of the Month course, specially designed for the Traditional Group of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, which was a great success. Even more importantly, it enables me to constantly be in touch with all my quilting friends worldwide.
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