Hi! I'm Beth, the maker, creative director and everything in between at Rabbit Hat Designs, a small embroidery emporium for all my nature inspired hand made creations. I am a big believer in the soothingness of embroidery and the power of making. My background is in art therapy and I love learning about the symbolism of creatures and nature all around us. Find out more about how my embroideries and kits come to be on my process page. I started embroidery while working through the multi-obstacled journey of gaining art therapy accreditation in the States on immigrating from the UK and fell totally in love with it! It is my dream to bring the joy of curiosity cabinet-like curations that celebrate nature and the love of creatures and plants into spaces without harming them or the environment in the process. I source most of my fabric from Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver and my materials from small companies where they have an as eco as possible attitude towards their products. I use bamboo hoops rather than plastic and reclaimed or organic fabric wherever I can. I am all about connecting to nature through exploring all the details and patterns that we may not see from a distance. My love of all things nature started early, apparently when I was little at the end of the day I would always have my fists held tight and when my parents would open them up, they were full of things I'd found while out and about like snail shells, nuts, buds and feathers. I grew up in a rural area surrounded by animals, creatures and plants, making stick dens with my brother, having a conservationist sister and a birder and plant lover mum, so I have big love for everything outdoors but also love tea and coffee shops, art house cinema and films in general, reading, especially the New Yorker, short stories, thanks to my dad a big love of 'who dunnits' and detective shows, street art and musical nights out. I'm also a writer, most recently working with Redline Art Center as an Along the Line writer.
In the newsletter I share my most recent makes and kits, thoughts and research on creature/nature folklore, Sunday Listens (where I share what I've been listening to as I stitch) and other artists, film, events and stories I am inspired by.