Meet the maker Karen Walshe

My name is Karen. I have an MA in the history of art and fell in love with sewing some twenty years ago, inspired by my mum who made all my dresses as a child, and my gran who was a seamstress.

I live in the lovely Devon estuary town of Topsham which is full of seagulls and home to a host of elegant wading birds. I try to capture something of the essence of these beautiful birds in my work which is slightly quirky and characterised by a naivety of design.

The eagerly awaited Avocets are a central motif along with other frequent visitors such as Oystercatchers and Curlews. These are appliqu├ęd onto fabric using free motion machine embroidery stitch, reminiscent of soft pencil sketches. Whilst the subjects may vary, the unifying element to all my work is the use of quality fabrics in soft dusky hues of blues, neutrals and greys which complement each other perfectly.

I design and make all of my products at my kitchen table, listening to the gentle sounds of my favourite audio books (mainly Jane Austen) and the cry of the gulls overhead.

Please visit my blog - it would be lovely to see you there:

"Superb workmanship" (Mary Poole, owner of Panorama Gallery, Topsham, Devon, UK)

In the Press:

Devon Life website, 13 November 2015,
Coast magazine, October 2015, p.18
Period Homes and Interiors, July 2015, p81
Exeter Living magazine, October 2014
Style at Home magazine, August 2014, pp 108-113
Craftseller magazine, April 2014, pp 38-39
Devon Life magazine, December 2013, p.173
Coast magazine, April 2013, p.54
Devon Life magazine, September 2012, pp 122-123
Exeter Living magazine, Spring 2012, p.34

Custom and larger orders available.
Trade prices available on request.