Quiltscapes are my large-scale textile wall hangings – I think of them as ‘Textile Landscapes’. They measure about 2x2m, and can take eight or nine months to make.

Working with a variety of natural cotton and silk fabrics, I collage, stitch, print and draw to make my textile studies. I use different techniques according to the image, and add layers of stitching, both hand and machine work (drawing the stitching lines with my lovely long-arm, ‘Handi-Quilter’ machine).

I often set myself personal design projects, relating to the rural landscape and plant life that surrounds my home – it is a never-ending source of inspiration, constantly changing.

To honour our great friend and colleague Hugo Burge who raised the profile of the arts and crafts here in the Borders and beyond. To find out more about his legacy and to follow developments, see

Pauline Burbidge portrait by Colin Hattersley, 2024
“In Honour of Hugo”, 197 x 198cm, 2024, by Pauline Burbidge. Photo: Colin Hattersley
Detail of “In Honour of Hugo”, 2024. Photo: Colin Hattersley

Illustrating the processes when making Hugo’s quilt