Clockworks by Nell Burns

Nursury Tree Wired felt hand and machine embroidered with machine stitched wire branches and leaves. 15″ x 12″ x 7″

Tick Tock Steampunk gear clock Free motion embroidery. Fully working manual Gear clock 9″ x 10″

Time to make a wish free motion embroidery and needle felting. 11″ x 18″ x 20″

Berrylicious Free motion embroidery on water soluble fabric tension and direction manipulation. 5″ x 28″

Time to water your garden Free motion embroidery on water soluble fabric tension and direction manipulation. 20″ x 18″

Tea Time Free motion teapot clock with embroidered teabags. 13″ x 13″

Contemporary textile artist Nell Burns has a love of machine and hand embroidery, which comes from a childhood spent in the sewing room with her mum. She has been designing, dressmaking and embroidering for as long as she can remember.

Nell completed her HND (Higher National Diploma) and in 1998 her BA Hons in Fashion and Textile Design in the UK. Over the years Nell continued to ‘play’ and ‘experiment’ whenever she could with her sewing machine.

In the summer of 2005 Nell completed a City & Guilds diploma in Machine Embroidery, which helped to further develop her skills and to take the ‘playing’ and ‘experimenting’ to a higher level, utilising different techniques and mediums to create pieces of art. Shortly after completing her City and Guilds diploma, Nell left the UK and moved to Vancouver. Here she continues to develop her design work, whilst finding new and abundant sources of inspiration. Since 2006 Nell has been part of numerous group shows in galleries around the lower mainland.

In 2010 Nell had her first solo exhibition, ‘Clockworks’ featuring over twenty unique fully working timepieces. This exhibition was very well received and has encouraged Nell to take the exhibit outside of British Columbia in the future.

View more at
Nell Burns: website



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