Embroiderers' Guild :: Jan Beaney & Jean LittlejohnGo beyond the basic with this new book from Jan and Jean that offers information on composition, colour, frequently used stitches as well even more hints on using soluble materials. Double Trouble Enterprises was formed to publish books and promote further interest in embroidery and allied subjects. We are Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, internationally known textiles artists, authors and tutors. Soluble fabrics, hand and machine stitching, embellishing, bonding and transfer printing are just a few of the techniques that can extend your creativity with fabric and thread. Try out these methods at one of our workshops or take a look at our books and DVDs.
Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn: Fluency and freedom
Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn bonded through their love of embroidery and some entrepreneurial dash. And, of course, some top tips to help you on your own creative journey. Jan: I hated sewing at school so I was unexpectedly enlightened about the potential of textile art in my final year at Hornsey College of Art. Eirian Short was the tutor and I became excited about the ability to make marks using textiles. Jean: Qualities of surface, tactility and the endless palette of materials available for expression of ideas. Jean Littlejohn — Reclamation — Victoriana.
Jan and Jean are internationally known textile artists who lecture and teach in the UK and many overseas locations. They both exhibit their work and have been members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists for many years. Landscape in all it forms has fascinated Jan for several decades. Fleeting changes of light and subtle nuances continually intrigue and challenge her to create work where elements have been simplified or exaggerated whilst still retaining its' entity. For the last few years, local fields have stimulated a series of work called Five Minutes from Home. These pieces reflect the changes of time of day, weather and seasons. Australia, especially the Red Centre and Lake Mungo, has fuelled her passion for colour.
The appeal of tactility
Jan was born in London, England. She trained as a painter and lithographer before falling in love with textile art. Landscape in all it forms has fascinated Jan for several decades. Fleeting changes of light and subtle nuances continually intrigue and challenge her to create work where elements have been simplified or exaggerated whilst still retaining it entity. The color palette and textural surfaces are exciting and presenting these particular qualities continue to test Jan.