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Deborah Toner: Series 02 - Episode 03

Belfast based maker Deborah Toner joins us for episode three of our second series.

This second series of our podcast is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as part of their Artist Emergency Programme.

Deborah shares her making journey from architecture to embroidery and her passions about using locally produced Irish linen.

Deborah produces a range of home-ware products with embroidered scenes of maps, doors and pattern designs with an architectural influence.



Belfast based designer Deborah Toner has a background in Architecture. She uses her architectural drawing skills to create beautiful embroidered pieces for the home. All machine stitched on locally woven Irish Linen.

Originally inspired by buildings and landmarks of Belfast, Deborah began to draw a range of images, which she then machine embroidered to form her first collection. A Belfast Skyline, the City Hall, the Albert Clock, Samson and Goliath - the iconic twin gantry cranes of the shipyards are just a few of the subjects adorning a range of gift and homeware products.

Moving a little further afield Deborah began to draw Scrabo Tower, the Giant's Causeway and Dundrum Bay to name a few.

Deborah's work has expanded further to now include other cities. In the midst of all the drawing and stitching she also finds the time to offer a bespoke Architectural Embroidery service. She has embroidered maps and cityscapes from all around the world as well as individual houses and streetscapes for her growing customer base.

About text kindly shared by Deborah Toner.


For more information about textile designer Deborah Toner please visit her website here:


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