Rachel has a love for embroidery and usually has an unfinished hoop in her handbag. Her pattern design work is often inspired by cross-stitching and vintage embroidery patterns which she scans in and uses as a visual starting point for her geometric designs. A selection of original stitched paper textile art is available in her Pixel&Thread etsy shop. She's worked on a number of projects over the years and is interested in exploring contemporary embroidery collaborations.
A project for Coats GmbH, launched at the h+h fair in Cologne, 2015. Rachel created a series of projects that utilised traditional cross-stitch but dramatically upped the scale! The project involved designing motifs for a range of homewares and fashion items using Anchor wools and soft cotton threads. A pattern book was published detailing instructions on how to create the projects and she travelled to Germany to demonstrate her techniques at the show.
Written by Rebecca Proctor and published by Laurence King in 2015, Rachel was one of 24 international product designers invited to contribute to the book. Inspired by the trend for recycling and craft, readers can follow the designers step-by-step instructions and create their very own piece of high-end upcycled design for the home. Rachel took the opportunity to fuel her collage addiction and created a piece of embroidered wall art using cardboard and paper fragments, including envelopes, sweet wrappers and hand-written letters.