Liverpool Palm House

Liverpool Palm House

Free motion embroidery of Liverpool Palm House

Newcastle skyline

Newcastle skyline

Free motion embroidery of Newcastle skyline

Liverpool Town Hall

Liverpool Town Hall

Line drawing of Liverpool Town Hall and putting it on to calico before free motion embroidery

Royal Liver building, Liverpool

Royal Liver building, Liverpool

Free motion embroidery of Royal Liver building, Liverpool

Royal Liver Building

Royal Liver Building

Free motion embroidery of Royal Liver Building in Liverpool

Edinburgh skyline

Edinburgh skyline

Free motion embroidery of Edinburgh skyline

Cutting out magnets of Liverpool skyline

Cutting out magnets of Liverpool skyline

Cutting out magnets of Liverpool skyline

Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium

Liverpool FC Anfield Stadium

My process for Liverpool stadium prints and cards

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

My process for Liverpool Philharmonic Hall prints and cards

Liverpool skyline

Liverpool skyline

Free motion embroidery of Liverpool Skyline

Oxford skyline

Oxford skyline

Free motion embroidery of Oxford skyline

Kingston upon Hull

Kingston upon Hull

Free motion embroidery of Kingston upon Hull

Creasing machine

Creasing machine

My creasing machine for cards

St Paul's Cathedral, London

St Paul's Cathedral, London

Free motion embroidery of St Paul's cathedral, London

Albion house, 30 James Street

Albion house, 30 James Street

Free motion embroidery of Albion house, 30 James Street, Liverpool

Artist Statement

My name is Tina Leahey and I am a Liverpool textile artist specialising in free motion embroidery line drawings of city skylines and iconic buildings

I first began experimenting with free hand machine embroidery several years ago. I was excited by the lack of restraints, having total control over the stitch direction, the rhythm between the needle speed and fabric motion

The inspiration for my designs is deeply rooted in my fierce pride for the city in which I live. Liverpool has some wonderful buildings with their architectural charm, others for their historical significance, the iconic importance of museums, churches and other landmarks.

 

There’s one area of textile art I've really fallen in love with is free motion embroidery. I was excited by the lack of restraints, having total control over the stitch direction, the rhythm between the needle speed and fabric motion using freehand machine embroidery to sketch images in thread over my illustrations of famous iconic buildings. It’s just like drawing but with a lovely textured feel.

 My “Home Is Where The Heart Is” Royal Liver Building design is my best-seller both online and at the local artisan events I attend. This was my first building commission I’d sewn over 10 years ago when my career as an artist was still in its infancy so it holds a special place in my heart. 

I’m at my happiest when found at my sewing machine, working on new designs from my purpose-built studio in my Liverpool home.  I love to sew complicated realistic pictures of buildings giving it added depth. I’m currently developing a range of new skylines of other cities which brings with it new levels of challenge and reward as I’m getting to know their wonderful architecture – which I'm excited to embrace

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