02 Textiles

Karen Ives

Karen has always felt the need to ‘create’, spending hours producing clothes for her toys as a child, then dressmaking as she got older. She didn’t realise what she could do with her talents until she discovered ‘creative embroidery’. In her first attempt, at an evening class, she produced a reasonable textured scene of a stone bridge and a river. She quickly learnt that getting the right perspective and realistic water effects were not for the faint hearted! Somehow that picture never looked quite right.
She then took the plunge into the world of City and Guilds Embroidery, completing parts 1&2 whilst juggling a job and family life.
She is now in the fortunate position of being a member of 02Textiles and able to produce work for exhibitions. She enjoys teaching and sharing her ideas. There is nothing more rewarding than inspiring others to feel the way she does. Creativity is essential for her existence; she absorbs ideas and inspirations constantly. She loves colour and bold designs especially particularly natural and floral themes.

More recently she became more interested in working with a combination of fabric and paper, collaging layers together as a basis for stich. Her style is heavily influenced by vintage fabrics, lace and distressing techniques.

Karen has recently set up her own blog to highlight her work and activities and this can be found at:


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Please click on the Photo of one of Karen's pieces below to see images of her work

Sample of Karen's 'Sunflower' book

Pages from the Sunflower Book