Mellymade Designs Textile Artist and Tutor
Hello my name is Melanie Missin Keating. I am A textile Artist and Tutor. I have been sewing and crafting for over 40 years. I have the most amazing Mum to thank for this. Paula Tapson, a truely inspirational artist in many things.
In the last 10 years I have been making patchwork quilts. I have now moved more into textile art. All the techniques I have learned so far are being used in all sorts of my creations and designs. I am still learning and will continue, I am sure, until I can no longer sew.
I have just finished (and graduated!) a City and Guilds course 'Design and Craft/Patchwork and Quilting'. This was a two year course, which , unfortunately is no longer available. Fortunately Annette Morgan and her team from Creative Stitch Suffolk has devised an alternative. My tutor was the wonderful Mary Mcintosh, who has really helped me to improve my skills and love for textile Art. I have also been fortunate to attend some of Yvonne Browns' workshops which so inspired me to create something totally different but, most importantly, she gave me the confidence to say 'I can do it'.
I run regular classes and workshops from home. I also teach at a few sewing shops and sewing groups. I visit local and national groups such as the WI and give a talk on 'My Journey with Quilts to Infinity and Beyond!'
I do sell some of my work, mainly, in a fabulous shop, The Eel Catchers' Daughter In Ely, Cambridgeshire. I also sell my work at my New Studio, 16 Main Street Littleport Cambs CB6 1PJ. from the 17th September 2016.
I was the Coordinator for Region 9 (Norfolk and Cambridgeshire) The Quilters Guild of the British Isles until April of this year.
I was the Chairman and founder member of The Elysian Quilters in Ely.
I am very fortunate that my hobby is my job and through it I have met and continue to meet some amazing, kind and talented people who are so generous with their knowledge and stash!
I hope I inspire you in the same way as other people have inspired me.
Sit, Sew and Create.
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