BCP 15 | Albion Stitch with Heather Kingsley-Heath


Heather Kingsley-HeathHeather Kingsley-Heath is a beadworker living and working in England She the creator of Albion stitch, a new beading technique, and has published two books on the stitch with a third, and much anticipated, book now in production. Her work has been featured in Perlen Poesie, Beadwork, Bead and many other magazines. As a tutor, Heather is a kind, patient, lively, and inspiring teacher, generous with her design processes and techniques.

In the interview, she tells the story of how she developed Albion stitch, and we discuss teaching philosophy, her first visit to the US, and go down a few rabbit holes of inspiration. I hope you enjoy the interview!

Spinning Wave Pendant

Show Notes:

Little Owl by Heather Kingsley-Heath

Little Owl by Heather Kingsley-Heath

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Want to win Heather’s Little Owl pattern? All you have to do is leave a comment below about the show. Be sure to include your email address and I will choose the winner next week. Update: Congrats to Beth Wolland for winning the owl pattern!

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  • avatar Jennifer Sparks May 21, 2014, 11:40 am

    What a great interview! I absolutely love Heather’s work, and Perry from York beads rocks! I didnt know about these, I am going to try to go back and listen the others! Thank you and also to Mandi Ainsworth for sharing the link on facebook.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 21, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Thanks Jennifer, glad you enjoyed it! I’m also the host and this is my site ;)

  • avatar Janet May 21, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Oh gosh, what a cute little owl!! Loved the audio clip, and what Heather shared about having private, secret jewelry statements! And the baskets, and matte black beads for men!

  • avatar Kim May 21, 2014, 2:33 pm

    Another great interview! You always have interesting people to talk to. I’m loving your show. It took me too long to discover it!

  • avatar Nancy J. Graver May 21, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Great interview Mandi! Really excited because I’m taking Heather’s spinning wave class at B$B!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 21, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Awesome, Nancy! I’m a bit jealous, hehe.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 21, 2014, 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the feedback, Kim! I have some more great interviews lined up for you ;)

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 21, 2014, 2:52 pm

    Thanks for commenting, Janet. Heather is definitely wealth of inspiration!

  • avatar Jujlia Kearney May 21, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Thanks for this interesting podcast..anxious to try out Albion stitch.

  • avatar Bonnie Lee May 21, 2014, 3:36 pm

    WOW! I hadn’t heard of Heather until now. Great interview and I’m looking forward to learning the new stitch. I love your little owl and it’s a must have in my beading library. So, hopefully I’ll be a winner.

  • avatar Marilyn Solberg May 21, 2014, 4:19 pm

    Excellent interview. Wish I were going to Milwaukee too.

  • avatar Elizabeth May 21, 2014, 4:37 pm

    Just love the owl and other items made with this stitch.

  • avatar Carol Hettenbach May 21, 2014, 6:05 pm

    I cannot wait to learn this technique.. My fellow beaders at the High Desert Bead Society in Prescott, Arizona all love to learn new stitches. I am sure they will love this.
    Thanks for the great interview. So wish I could go to the show.

  • avatar Carolyn May 21, 2014, 6:11 pm

    Mandi, thank you for the great interview (as always) with one of my favorite beaders!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 21, 2014, 7:03 pm

    Carol, I’m glad you are going to try Albion stitch and share it, too :) Going to B&B is definitely a bucket list item! It takes some advance planning but so worth it. Thanks for your comment.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 21, 2014, 7:04 pm

    Carolyn, thanks so much for your feedback. Do you have another fav beader I haven’t interviewed yet?

  • avatar Rose Peterson May 21, 2014, 8:37 pm

    I really enjoyed the interview comparing UK’s beading evolution as compared to the US’s. I like Heather’s thoughts on jewelry as symbology for our psyche. When I reflected on the jewelry I had worn this past week, I realized what I had chosen to wear had less to do with “matching my clothing” than “how I was feeling” that day.
    Great Interview Mandi!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 21, 2014, 9:10 pm

    Thank you for your insightful comment, Rose! I agree, I also choose what I wear more on emotion :)

  • avatar Mrs Beth Wolland May 21, 2014, 10:54 pm

    LOVE the interview. Filming must have been a hoot…

  • avatar Melody Denkins May 22, 2014, 4:28 am

    I love the owl. I would love to go to Wisconsin too.

  • avatar Ellen May 22, 2014, 4:30 am

    Oooooh! Such a beautiful little charm this owl would make, the audio was also wonderful.
    Ellen

  • avatar Pat May 22, 2014, 4:44 am

    Loved hearing this interview. And I just love making little beaded owls try to find as many patterns as I can and a new stitch even better

  • avatar Beverly Love May 22, 2014, 4:44 am

    Great job

  • avatar Jane ellis May 22, 2014, 7:08 am

    I love her work

  • avatar Terri May 22, 2014, 12:43 pm

    I am on your email list and just listened to your interview with Heather Kingsley Heath! Great interview, I really liked it! I own the 2 Albion stitch books- and I’d love to be able to take a class from Heather! She sounds so nice and is so giving of her expertise and knowledge! I pinned her little owl long ago, and would love to make one some day! Have great fun at the Bead & Button show!

  • avatar Dian May 22, 2014, 7:59 pm

    I hadn’t heard of albion stitch. Heather’s description of its versatility is intriguing and I look forward to learning the stitch and exploring its possibilities. Oh, and I wish I was going to Bead and Button, too.

  • avatar Irene B in NZ May 23, 2014, 3:44 am

    Very enjoyable interview. I must try Albion Stitch.

  • avatar Barbara Perez May 23, 2014, 6:43 am

    I found the interview very interesting. All the thought that went into how to put in words and pictures the Albion Stitch for beaders to learn the process.
    How someone takes 1 beading class and it blossoms from there.
    To want to share with others their new found obsession.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 23, 2014, 6:58 am

    Terri, yay I’m so glad that you have the books! What have you made so far? Thanks for listening, and for your comment.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth May 23, 2014, 7:00 am

    Thanks for your insightful comments, Barbara! Beading is definitely an obsession, hehe.

  • avatar Denise D. May 23, 2014, 10:40 am

    Wow! Have beaded jewelry on and off for years but you have taken this craft and my curiosity to a whole new level!!!! Thank you. Also, I collect owls and would love this little beauty.

  • avatar Sharon Wagner May 23, 2014, 11:00 am

    What a wonderful and interesting conversation! I have been curious about Albion stitch and I was pleased to hear more about it. Now I want to order her books! I hope to cross paths with you both at B&B!
    Sharon

  • avatar Becky Clay May 23, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Loved it!

  • avatar Kay Crichton May 23, 2014, 4:15 pm

    Thank you so much for introducing me to Heather. I had never heard of her before this interview and now I expect I have been living under a rock. This was a really good interview. Now I need to run out and get her books.

  • avatar Judi May 23, 2014, 7:14 pm

    Hi Mandi, your site and you are absolutely incredible! wow! the interviews are so wonderfully interesting!! I just got your sample of jamberry nails! love love love them!
    I have been beading for about 8 years. My fav stitches are right angle weave and herringbone…well, then i love peyote too! I am a total beadaholic!! i work in a bead store and….traveling tomorrow to check another bead store…thanks and i will bookmark your site!

  • avatar Carol Green May 26, 2014, 10:38 am

    Oh Mandi, what a great interview! Heather is so down to earth, and I like the attitude she has about her students playing around with what they learn from her. Also it shows
    how she thinks of every detail when she told about keeping the size of her books smaller so they fit next to the bead tray. I think we all have had a problem balancing sheets of paper, and not dumping our beads in the process! Thanks for the interview, I’ll be waiting for your next post!

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