Category: Alex McQuade

Love is in the air

February. That means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I get to show you all the LOVE-ly gifts we have for just such an occasion – sweet ! I’ve gone a bit mad on the heart theme, but these goodies are just so pretty I couldn’t resist.

First up, Jewellery – a girls best friend x

Floral Hearts in Pink, Blue and Purple – Necklace & Earrings  – Just GORrrr-juss Darling ! (said in my best Strictly voice)

Next, Tell them how you feel – with a cute and cuddle-some card. Whether you’re a love bird, love dugs or love bears, there’s a card to say how much you care.

Give a gift – share your heart  – Happy Valentine’s Day x

 Bay Attic | Bears | Birds | Gifts | Hearts

The Fabric of our Lives

Textiles have been used since prehistoric times and are a valuable part of everyday life. Textiles keep us warm, protect us from the weather, keep us safe in our workplace and help us with many everyday tasks.

Textiles even add colour to your home, can be given as a beautiful gift, or used to accessorize ! Throws, T-towels, Blankets, Cushions,  Corsages to name but a few of the exciting textiles to jazz up your home with colour, drape or throw over your sofa to change it’s look, or have a cosy, warm blanket made from lambs wool, tweed, or a synthetic mix of fibers in your lounge décor or bedroom.

Throws and blankets made from wool, linen, cotton or mixed fibres are ideal to add colour, texture and personality to your room.

Damson Apron

Damson Apron

You can even add a dash of Scottish flair to your kitchenware with a textile, T-towel, or gift from Scott Inness featuring iconic Scottish thistles with a modern twist, and the chef can co-ordinate with a 100% cotton apron in the same fantastic design.

Textiles can also add to your dining table setting. Choose an Iconic Scottish themed table mat for your special dinner party or dry your favourite glasses to a brilliant shine with a Damson Daisy t-towel made from 100% Cotton by Scott Inness.

In days gone by, the need for warmth and protection meant clothes were the main reason for producing textiles. Clothes served a specific function, whereas today textiles can be worn not just for protection and warmth but as a statement. You only have to look at the World of Fashion to see how textiles influence designers and their creations.

Textiles have been used since prehistoric times and are a valuable part of everyday life. Textiles keep us warm, protect us from the weather, keep us safe in our workplace and help us with many everyday tasks. Today, they can be created and made on a commercial scale, or lovingly hand-made using traditional techniques as chosen by felt artist Moy Mackay or expertly picked, layered and stitched with detail as shown in the work of Alex McQuade. Her textile designs include applique brooches, corsage purses, key rings and a Scottie dog cushion I would use to guard my favourite chair !

Textiles can be made from plants such as Hemp, Sisal, Cotton or Flax and from the wool of goats and sheep or even from the fur of Angora rabbits. Synthetic textiles or man-made fibers, such as Polyester and Acrylic are used to make clothes. These man-made fibers can also blend with natural fibers to create textiles for clothes that will hold their colour and shape and dry quicker once washed. Poly cotton, or Polyester Cotton is an example. Textiles are used to make everything from bags, carpets and tents, to toys and parachutes and even fiberglass.

Cotton is still used today for bags. The popularity of the recycled and re-usable shopper has led many designers such as Scott Inness, to create Cotton bags featuring flowers, thistles, Highland coo’s, Scottie dogs and Christmas trees. With delicious titles including Blaeberry, Damson, Thistle and Rhubarb. The bags make ideal designer shoppers, beach bags or a “just in case” bag.

Moy MacKay - Heather's Glen - Front Image 1 - GCMM22

Heather’s Glen
Art Card

There are many methods to choose from to create textiles. Weaving, Knitting, Crochet and Felting are Traditional methods of producing textiles, but they can also be made from bonded fibers or laced threads to make delicate textiles such as lace, and knotted to make braiding.

At Bay Attic we have a colourful range of textiles for you to gift or buy as a treat for you or your home.

Pop over and take a look at our gallery online now or use the links below to find more.

Alex McQuade | Moy Mackay | Scott Inness

The Gift of Love

A selection of heart felt art and gifts for someone special.



Alex McQuade Collection | Textile art to wear and adorn you home

New for Autumn to our gallery the Alex McQuade Textile Collection includes original hand-embroidered and free machine stitch designs.

Layerd fabrics, creative stitching and innovative recycling give textile art by Alex McQuade her distinctive style with a modern twist on vintage, shabby-chic. The eye-catching design skills and techniques Alex uses in her collection are must for a fabulous accessory, quirky gift or wall art.

Choose from cushions to corsages, framed embroideries to stylish phone covers Alex lovingly designs and creates the textiles in our gallery for you and your home from her Leicestershire studio.

About Alex McQuade B.A. Hons. Textile Design (Mixed Media)

Alex graduated in 2006 from De Montfort University, Leicester with first class honours in Textile Design. With previous experience working in the Textile Industry and for the Laura Ashley Design Service, Alex is now following her dream. By collating her experiences and love of beautiful new and vintage fabrics, embellishment and decoration, she has created her own textile collection.

Inspiration for the collection comes from nature, the outdoors and the quirkiness of everyday life, walks in the British countryside, tea at the farm shop and visits to steam fairs have all influenced the current range.

Important to Alex is the use of quality products from handmade felts; hand dyed antique lace, beautiful linens and cottons. She also embraces the idea of recycling and never throws anything away,deconstructing old items giving new life to buttons, lace, ribbons and old vintage fabrics is a real joy in the Alex McQuade studio.

There is no end to her talents. Alex is also an artist using a unique technique involving layering paint, ink, and pastel, then adding texture with textile mediums, fabrics and embroidery. The finished result is an intriguing, highly original style of work combined with a fresh, light colour palette.

Alex became a selected member of the Leicester Society of Artists in 2007 and exhibits with them twice a year at New Walk Museum.

Alex is available for commissions and can even be found on cake decorating courses in her spare time !

Hand Stitched Scottie Dog Cushion
by Alex McQuade

Textile Keyrings
by Alex McQuade

Linen Zip Purse and Linen Button Purse
by Alex McQuade

About Alex McQuade taken from her website

Alex McQuade Collection | Bay Attic | Textiles

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