Welcome! This is the site of Karen Barbé, textile designer, embroiderer and educator. She translates evocative worlds of home, crafts and comfort into textile surfaces. Inspired by traditional crafts, textiles, crafting, anything simple and unpretentious, Karen creates unique handmade pieces that bring a joyful and cozy mood into the home.
Her work has been featured widely in international media and publishing, such as Martha Stewart Living, NYLON (Korea), MilK (France), 101 Woonideeën (Netherlands), Frankie (Australia), Koel (Singapore), “Encore! The New Artisans” (Thames & Hudson, 2015).
Karen also works on commissioned projects and hosts embroidery and color workshops in her studio in Santiago (Chile). Her first book Colour Confident Stitching (The Pimpernel Press, London) will be released on March 2nd, 2017.
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