cambridge contemporary crafts

Helen Drewett

Helen has been making hand-stitched miniature work for over twenty years following a City and guilds course in creative embroidery. The course covered all aspects of traditional embroidery techniques, past and present, within the UK and in the wider world. Helen has been interested in all aspects of craft and design since childhood, being the daughter of two artists. She has designed children’s knitwear made from her own hand-spun naturally dyed wool, made patchwork quilts, miniature ceramic twelfth scale dolls’ house foods and explored other things over the years, but it is to hand-stitching that she has always returned. Helen loves to dye her own threads and fabrics and she design all her own work.

Helen recycles old cotton print fabrics which have interesting more subtle colours than modern dyes produce. She incorporates these with her own hand-dyed fabrics and threads to produce work that has a connection to the past whilst being very much in the present. She enjoys exploring new ways to employ traditional embroidery stitches that have been used for hundreds of years. Helen works to commission to create heirloom framed pieces with stitched names and dates for weddings, new babies and special birthdays.

The miniature textiles made for Helen’s greetings cards are all mounted on acid-free artists’ papers, which in turn are mounted onto 100% recycled card. Envelopes are also made from recycled paper.

The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £6.