Found Appliqué with Maria Thomas – 8 June 2025

The Artist

Maria studied Embroidery at Manchester Polytechnic during the early 1990’s and has continued to practice and exhibit textiles ever since.   Her love of patchwork and quilting techniques combined with found objects and memories inspire her to create. Teaching and making textiles for over 30 years, she currently works at her home studio in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Maria’s textile art is all about mixing it up, she loves to salvage and is forever gathering up all sorts of redundant objects to use in her work.  Together with memories, found objects, fabric and daily ephemera she combines different weights of cloth, paper and objects in no particular order. She simply observes how the mixes of materials interrupt each other when side-by-side. Transforming her finds through textile collage, her approach is to compose and balance the visual imagery she finds. Making random patterns with recycled paper-wrappers and damaged household linens her work captures moments in time suggesting an intriguing everyday narrative. 

The Workshop

A Mixed media quilting workshop-reworking old textiles with found objects and appliqué using piecing, patching, layering and stitching.

Working with pre-loved materials you will learn how to combine traditional quilting with Maria’s creative approach to reusing found things. Explore layering and appliqué, shadow and cutwork using both machine and hand techniques. Tap into the ancient art of Japanese Boro - repairing old things to make something new.


1 day workshop - 8 June 2025
10 - 4.30
£99 includes all materials & refreshments - please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site or the  award winning farm shop.