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The Stitchbook Collective

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a shared vision

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'Members of The Stitchbook Collective have a shared interest in hand-stitching for good mental health, lifelong learning and most of all, an interest in forming personal connections with likeminded people.'

My name is Helen Birmingham. I live and work in Scarborough in North Yorkshire, and I call myself a Mixed Media Textile Artist, but I'm just as happy to be known as a stitcher, a crafter, a workshop provider, a facilitator or a teacher. I love working with textiles. For me, textiles have a direct connection to my understanding of what it is to be human; a form of identification, of belonging - of history.

I originally formed The Stitchbook Collective in 2019, as a direct result of interest in the enormously successful 1,568 Sawdust Hearts Project in 2018, curated by Untangled Threads. I was particularly struck by the powerful effect of working in collaboration with others; using repeated textile elements to form one installation. My long-term aim is for us to become a recognised exhibiting group. 

HMB Stitchbooks

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"I designed the original stitchbook to give me a safe place to keep all the little bits of hand-sewn 'stitch meditations' which I do, virtually on a daily basis, but which have no 'end result in mind' at the time.  I was particularly pleased with the method of binding which I devised, and the fact that the design allows you to stitch samples into the book WITHOUT affecting the work on the previous page. So the HMB Stitchbook was born." Helen Birmingham

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The pages are designed as small bags or pockets with tabs, so that:

  • a barrier can be placed into the pocket whilst attaching samples, so you aren't stitching through to the other side,

  • the thickness of any samples can easily be accommodated by using appropriately sized spacer beads,

  • pages can be added easily,

  • the A5 size is perfect for daily slow stitch meditation samples, 

  • the book is easily portable (cloth bags and travel tins are available).​

  • HMB Stitchbook design and intellectual property right is covered by unregistered design legislation. Copyright and Design Registration Number pending. 16th July 2019.

  • The design can be copied for personal use ONLY. 


In the online shop you can find:

  • Stitchbook Pages (packs of 1, 5 or 10)

  • Binding Kits

  • Pre-bound Stitchbooks

  • Stitchbook Accessories

The HMB Stitchbook pages are produced ethically in Pondicherry, India under the registered trademark Bags of Ethics. Untangled Threads are committed to using environmentally friendly and socially ethical suppliers wherever possible.



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