Helen MacRitchie

Helen MacRitchie is a textile artist who combines the sculptural nature of wet felting with fabrics and free machine embroidery to create layered textural surfaces with focal interest.  Originally training as a pharmacist in the UK she completed a certificate and Diploma in Contemporary Embroidery and Stitched Textiles by correspondence when she moved abroad and decided to follow an artistic direction full time. 

Since coming to Australia 14 years ago she has developed her work in wool felting and contemporary embroidery to create art wall hangings, wearables and bags, and other accessories. She works from home in her studio but enjoys felting outside when the weather permits or the rather wet nature of the process dictates! Her felting process involves  the felting of wool roving using simply heat, detergent, moisture and agitation.  Different wools are selected according to the purpose of the article eg. fine merino is used in wearables or coarser Corriedale may be used in bags or vessels. She often incorporates silks and loosely woven cottons in the felting process to add pattern and textural details before further enhancing the texture with hand or free embroidery. 

She exhibits and sells her work through the Society of Arts and Crafts Craft NSW Gallery in The Rocks, Sydney and through North Shore Craft Group. Her work has appeared in publications such as “Felt”, nationally and in “Stitch” and “Worldwide Colours of Felt” internationally. 

In 2017 she relocated back to the UK but retains an Australian working base in Turramurra on the North Shore returning for several months in the year. 


Gallery/Other Contacts:

Website: www.helenmacritchiedesigns.com or follow her on facebook

Phone – 0400 393433

Helen MacRitchie

Helen describes herself as both a textile enthusiast and artist who uses a range of different techniques to create texture and colour in her pieces eg. felting, free machine embroidery and lacework. Her work attempts to draw the audience closer and discover interest and detail not instantly obvious.

Some of my highlights

  • Society of Arts and Crafts NSW
  • North Shore Craft Group
  • Wheel ‘n’ Weft Craft Group
  • Arcadian Artists
  • ATASDA (Australian Textile and Surface Design Association)
July 2016 (precise dates unknown at this time)
Exhibition of contemporary craft from the North Shore Craft Group (NSCG)
Thornleigh Community Centre, cnr Phyllis and Central Ave, Thornleigh, NSW

28 – 30 October 2016
Wheel ‘n’ Weft Exhibition and Sale
Thornleigh Community Centre, cnr Phyllis and Central Ave, Thornleigh, NSW

31 October – 13 November 2016
“Ebb & Flow”, textile exhibition by Untethered, an ATASDA group
Wallaroba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby, NSW 2077

18 – 20 November 2016
Boutique Christmas Exhibition and sale from the North Shore Craft Group (NSCG)
Thornleigh Community Centre, cnr Phyllis and Central Ave, Thornleigh, NSW

Helen currently works from her home studio on a range of embroidered textiles including handbags and wearable accessories, which she sells through craft group exhibitions, sales and her online website.

Meet with Helen MacRitchie at the NEXT EXHIBITION & ART TRAIL: 09 - 10 NOV 2019

A unique exhibition... Eight working studios... More than fifty Artists & Artisans... All on a meandering country drive...