Pat Archibald is one of our favourite textile artists, her work and writing have featured in Popular Patchwork several times over the years. Pat is a warm and generous teacher, who shares her effective methods and techniques through classes, workshops and books. Her own textile art often features glorious hand dyed fabric, beautiful piecing, applique, quilting and embellishment, often inspired by her travels around the world, and her love of her Scottish home environment. While these are elements are present in simplified designs in her kits and workshops, her methods ensure that the least artistic of us can achieve a stunning result in a very short time.

Pat's latest kit collection is a series of six atmospheric Scottish landscape scenes, created using painted Lutradur, and as much or as little quilting and embellishment as you feel necessary. Each kit includes a choice of two background fabrics which will give a different feel to your finished project, two pieces of Lutrador, foil and a selection of Celtic motifs for you to choose from. The gorgeous silhouettes are cleverly cut into an A4 framing mount, made by Double Thumbs Up, a Manchester design house run by Pat's daughter Kirsty Haikney and her business partner Barry Yearsley, which complete the scene and add the foreground detail to your piece. There are six different kits available, a lighthouse, puffins, stag, standing stones, castle and croft, all of which are equally effective. As the mount is a handy A4 size, framing your finished piece is a doddle, you will be able to pick up a suitable frame this size from any DIY store at a very reasonable price. The kits cost £15 plus P&P each, and are available to buy from Pat's website,

We are lucky enough to have one Puffin Kit to giveaway as a prize in 'Whats New' in the magazine in the near future, so don't forget to look out for that and enter!

I attended Pat's Lutradur Leaves workshop at Festival of Quilts this year, and had tremendous fun painting and getting a tiny bit messy for an hour away from the PP stand on Sunday. If you get the chance to attend this workshop locally, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. The techniques used in the workshop overlap with some of those required for the Celtic Silhouette Kits, and Pat was a fun and enthusiastic teacher. I don't often buy kits, but I've previously bought and made two of Pat's, Loch Lomond from the Banks and Braes series, and Heather Hills from the Window on the World set a year or so later. They were a joy to make, and very quick to put together. I completed the piecing, applique and quilting for both of them in less than a couple of hours, and then embellished them at my leisure while I was on holiday, the finishing stages are very portable and satisfying to do by hand of an evening. 

Pat teaches and exhibits all over the country and indeed the world. Each year she hosts a free exhibition of her own and students work on the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. This year's exhibition is entitled 'Freedom', is held at Venue 123, Acoustic Music Centre, Orwell Terrace Edinburgh, EH11 2DZ and runs until 24th August 2014.

Pat's website can be found at and you can also find out more about Double Thumbs Up at