Chat with Pat Archibald

One of our lovely quilt experts Pat Archibald will be leading our popular textile holiday to Vietnam later this year. Pat’s fascination with quilting started at a very early age after playing with her grandmother’s scrap bag! Since then she has been a co-owner of Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop, has taught specialist textile classes to students from far and wide and has had her wonderful work widely exhibited in the UK, Europe and in the USA. We chat to Pat more about her love of quilting and how her travels inspire her work.

We are very excited for you to be leading our Textures of Vietnam trip this November. Can you give us an idea of what you will be teaching in your workshops and what you are most looking forward to revisiting?

I am looking forward to revisiting some of the hidden valleys and the ethnic minorities that live there who have a wonderful heritage of stitching and weaving. Bac Ha market in the north of Vietnam is exciting in terms of colour and textiles. My workshops will be based on the colours of the areas and will take inspiration from the local stitching patterns.

It sounds incredible. Do your travels inspire a lot of your designs?

Yes, for my own art quilts it is definitely my travels that inspire my work. I love looking at the colour of the land, the people and the local textiles.

You have travelled to some amazing destinations allowing you to combine your love of quilting with travel. What has been your most memorable destination and why?

Each one has been memorable for different reasons – too many to mention here. Most recently I have travelled from the north to the south of Vietnam. I just can’t wait to revisit this fabulous country. Anyone joining me on the November trip will realize that it is a textile lovers paradise.

Pat’s India-inspired quilts

Travel is obviously one of your big passions in life. Which country is next on your bucket-list?

I would love to visit the north of Sweden, Norway and Finland to meet with the Sami people and see their textiles. I would also like to travel along the Silk Route but a great deal of that is inaccessible just now.

Your journeys and adventures have resulted in pieces been exhibited at worldwide events across the UK, Europe and the USA. What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on several series of pieces for international exhibitions. I am also developing a unique template system that can be used for art quilts as well as traditional and contemporary style quilts. Watch this space!

Your journeys and adventures have resulted in pieces been exhibited at worldwide events across the UK, Europe and the USA. What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on several series of pieces for international exhibitions. I am also developing a unique template system that can be used for art quilts as well as traditional and contemporary style quilts. Watch this space!