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Meet the author: Madeleine Millington

Madeleine Millington is best known for her work with recycled, dyed blankets. Her main signature has been a bright, bold use of colour and there is often a touch of humour in her ideas. Her inspiration comes from Medieval and Elizabethan periods, which are both rich and exciting in embroidery, as well as Folk Art with its bold and simple shapes. Madeleine enjoys classical music, gardening and going to the theatre, and she teaches regularly for both the Embroiderer's and the Quilters' Guild. She has also had articles published in numerous embroidery, patchwork and quilting magazines and is the designer behind the successful kit range 'Blankits'. You can find more information about Madeleine and her work on her website,

An interview with Madeleine

Where were you born?


What is your educational background?

I taught Art in Schools before starting a family. I studied City & Guilds Embroidery and designs and then went on to teaching the subject myself here in Exeter.

What first got you interested in your craft?

I have always been interested in making and my mother made a lot of our clothes and so I was brought up with fabric and thread around me.

How long have you been crafting?

Over twenty years.

Where do you get your materials?

I source my materials in various ways. Charity shops, sales and also a lovely collection of friends look out for old blankets for me.

How/Where did Search Press discover you?

Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace.

What were your first thoughts when asked to write a book?

Good idea!

Has publishing a book changed your life in any way?

We will wait and see!

Any tips for beginners?

Do not be afraid to have a go particularly when it comes to working with colour.

What is your favourite craft tool?

A lovely big darning needle.

Have you travelled for your craft?

I have travelled all over the UK, but not abroad.

Where does your inspiration come from?

A lot of my inspiration comes from observation but I also look to Medieval and Elizabethan embroideries as well as Folk Art.

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