About Maggie

I lectured in Art & Design for fourteen years at a F.E. level specialising in fashion, textiles and design, and taught City & Guilds Embroidery and Design for ten years. I've been a member of the Embroiderers Guild for more than twenty years, and am a past Chairman of Darlington's E.G. In 2008, I published my first book "Get Plastered: Plaster, Print and Stitch", a how-to book showing a variety of exciting ways to create surface texture on fabric. This was followed in 2012 by "Get Stuffed: Shape, Stuff and Stitch" which presents a fresh approach to quilt and applique techniques. I mentor students from my studio in Darlington, in the North East of England, and I run workshops and exhibit regularly throughout the country.

Get Stuffed shop open, and free UK delivery.

After several months beavering away behind the scenes it is with great relief that I can finally announce that the online shop is open for business!

The shelves are a little bare at the moment but future plans include offering creative and quirky hand-made gifts designed and made by myself, art work and stitch kits, so please keep checking back.

Currently available to purchase however are both my books, Get Plastered: plaster, print and stitch, and the latest Get Stuffed: shape, stuff and stitch and as an introductory offer UK delivery is free!

If you experience any problems when using the shop please do leave a comment below, or get in touch with me directly.

Thank you to those who attended the launch

Thanks to all those who came on Sunday to the “Get Stuffed: Shape, Stuff and Stitch” book launch at Crushed Chilli gallery, and thanks to gallery owner Janet and gallery manager and cake maker Karen for making it such a success. The sun shone, we had yummy cakes and tea with lots of good company, happy chatter and book signing.

The Get Stuffed book is now available for sale at the gallery along with Bovver Birds (with big boots!) and Dot, Spot, Forget–me–Not birds and kits.

Samples from Get Stuffed by Maggie Smith

Samples from the book were available to view at the launch. Books and birds now available at Crushed Chilli

Get Stuffed book at the Crushed Chilli Gallery, Durham

This coming Sunday the 6th of May, from 3pm to 6pm, I will be officially launching my latest book Get Stuffed: Shape, Stuff and Stitch at the Crushed Chilli gallery in Durham.

The book

The front cover to Maggie Smith's book, Get Stuffed

Get Stuffed: Shape, Stuff and Stitch, by Maggie Smith

Written for both the beginner and experienced maker, Get Stuffed: Shape, Stuff and Stitch brings a fresh approach to quilting and applique techniques through the use of structured and creative hand-stitched detail, to inspire you to create stunning 2D and 3D work.

“Stuffing” is used in its widest sense, encouraging you to explore both traditional and unconventional methods and materials. From textured, raised pattern, dimpled with exquisite stitches, painted and varnished surfaces using mixed-media, to 3D stuffed birds and characterful dolls, I hope the inspirational samples and colourful photography will motivate you to get started and enjoy Getting Stuffed.

The Launch

Small handmade fabric birds.

Dot, Spot, Forget-me-Not bird kits available for purchase at Crushed Chilli

As well as a chance to meet the author and buy a signed copy of Get Stuffed: Shape, Stuff and Stitch many of the samples created for Get Stuffed will be on view, and you will be able to purchase kits for making my original “Dot, Spot, Forget-me-Not” birds.

Come and join us for this one-off event on Sunday the 6th of May, between 3pm and 6pm, and enjoy a convivial afternoon at the delightful Crushed Chilli gallery.

The Location

A map of Durham City, detailing the location of the Crushed Chilli gallery

Crushed Chilli’s location

Located in the centre of Durham City, Crushed Chilli is Durham’s newest art gallery and is also a working glass studio.

Crushed Chilli Gallery
South Street
Durham
DH1 4QP