Michelle Corbin - Embroidery and Textile Artist from the North East of England. Specialising in Free-Motion Machine Embroidery, and creating unique stories, gifts, keepsakes and more with a mix of Emboridery Techniques and Mixed Media Applications.
"My sewing journey began a a young age, encouraged by my mum, who spent lots of time dressmaking and costume making (I used to dance), but my passion for all things textile and thread, came later..."
Michelle Corbin Design was Established in 2012, following the births of my 2 children. Previously a Freelance Hair Stylist and College Lecturer I knew I wanted to be a Stay at home Mum, and I was continually inspired by both my children and my love of Interior Design.
I have always loved being creative and sewing was a big part of my life, growing up, watching my mum stitching most days and Textile Art and Textiles Home Ec, were my most successful subjects at school.
Michelle Corbin Design has evolved over the years - I had achieved a Diploma in Curtain Making and Soft Furnishings prior to my children being born and that was my intention for the business, but my love of Embroidery, Keepsake Gifts and Accessories came about when I made some Tooth Fairy Cushions for a friends Twin boy and girl. This lead to me to explore Personalised Bespoke items and I began to make Keepsake Memory items from Pre-Loved clothing, where I incorporated hand and free-motion machine embroidery.
Creating Keepsake Heirlooms from Baby Clothing and Pre-Loved Clothes became one of my most popular and requested items, followed by Tooth Fairy Cushions and Personalised, Bespoke Embroideries.
Embroidery has become a true passion for me and I always had a little Hand Embroidery on the go, and over the years I have practiced and perfected, learning new stitches and techniques on the way. When I discovered Free Motion Machine Embroidery in 2013 I became instantly hooked and introduced the technique instantly to my work, enabling me to create original Art work and Bespoke Commissions.
In 2003, I Graduated and gained my Cert. Ed. Initially for Teaching Hairdressing at a local FE College, but since opening Michelle Corbin Design, I have taught lots of lovely people to sew and embroider and my Teaching Qualification has helped me with this.
My aim as an Artist is to create original and personalised treasures, to help people remember Special Moments in their lives, but also through my small workshops and embroidery kits to introduce others to the art, encouraging them to develop their own designs and techniques, leading to a healthy creative mind. I will alwas continue to experiment and by introducing paints, felting and Mixed Media to my work, I intend to continue to grow my style and provide the best service I can.
I have always been passionate about keeping even the tiniest piece of fabric and use it where I can in my work, therefore omitting it from Landfill and giving it a new lease of life.
Keepsake items are a great way to repurpose clothing, but in my studio I accumulate mountains of scrap fabrics, so I am working hard to use them more and more in my mixed media work.
I am also trying to source more vintage, sustainable and ethically made fabrics and packaging as I move forward in my business, so I hope that you will support me in this journey as it is so important to me and my family. xx