Introducing Extreme Textiles
In 2002, contemporary textile artist Rachel John invented Extreme Textiles – the process of rapidly mixing multiple strands of yarn together with large wooden tools. As a designer, maker and inventor, Rachel’s been using these extraordinary techniques to push the boundaries of craft ever since.
After five years of research and development, she discovered that with re-designed tools, very thick yarn and extra wide pieces, she could mix multiple yarn strands together. Blending anything between three to a thousand strands, this technique allowed her to easily and rapidly create stunning craft objects: from hand-knit king-size throws in just two days, to inch-thick carpet rugs in six hours or less.
Since then, Rachel has developed and expanded her Extreme Textiles technique. Pushing beyond home furnishings into apparel and gifts, she has revolutionised not just knitting but also crochet, weaving, x-stitch, and tapestry.
Rachel has appeared on Ideal World’s Create and Craft TV, while her ideas have appeared in landmark publications such as The Culture of Knitting by Jo Turney and The Greatest Knits of All Time by Lela Nargi.
As part of her concerns and aims, Rachel wants her company to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and it’s a continuous journey making each part more considerate to the environment.
One great way to do this is to repurpose high quality materials that would otherwise be thrown away.
Over the years Rachel has built some great relationships with the UK wool and textile industry, sourcing high quality yarns and materials. She then takes them back to her workshop to repurpose. With the yarn she hand makes it into various collections to make wonderful textiles pieces for you and your home. With the amazing material she sources she recuts it, reshapes it, reworks it into readymade items for you to buy and instantly use and enjoy.
Over the years, we’ve had some really fun commissions.
We were delighted to be asked to create big bold and beautiful knitted lettering to dress Stella McCartney’s shop windows as part of one of her seasonal campaigns.
Totally over the moon to also be asked to create big, bold and beautiful lettering for Oasis clothing brand to go in store behind their counters in their flagship store in London.
And really honoured to be a featured artist and create textile installations at the entrance of several craft fairs, as show pieces for the crowds to enjoy as they enter buildings.