Affirmative Applique™ at the Southbank Centre

Affirmative Applique™ was started as part of my personal development work with Affirmations. I create positive statements and words made from letters cut from cloth,which are applied to a ground fabric. The words and letters are stitched into place using a selection of coloured threads.

I use different fonts for the letters and enjoy the cut out letters in their own right, even before they are stitched, see the first picture above. The other two pictures show the work in progress and you can see the difference between the daylight shots and under the neon light in the studio.

Affirmative Applique™ was named by Duncan (and given to me to use-many thanks Duncan) to describe my textile affirmation work, also known as Hope in Your Handbag™, at the workshops I ran at the Shared Space sessions at Transition Town Brixton. I added the ™ sign to identify Affirmative Applique™ and Hope in Your Handbag™ as my own original work and to help people recognise the same.

This weekend I will be at the Festival of Neighbourhood, Grow Your Own Ideas Finale (London UK) from 11am-4pm  running a drop-in workshop  Affirmative Applique™ session. We will be stitching cloth badges to take home with you. You can choose from a selection of coloured fabrics and thread, cut out your own letters, then stitch them into place! Add your pin and Voila! your own badge. This is a simple introduction to stitching for children that everyone can enjoy too. I’m hoping to see Brenda (whom I met at the Bunting workshop) and lots of the friends she is bringing tomorrow. Hope to see you there too!

Published by Maggie Winnall

Hello, I'm Maggie, I am an artist who writes in fabric and thread, stitching the 'text' into textiles and colour into quilts..... You can read more on my About page at

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