Islay's Terrace Fiber Arts
Cats, cameras, cacti and more! Islay's Terrace is home to unique modern fiber arts with a quirky, whimsical, southwestern style, all hand-crafted by Jillian Audrey. Each embroidery, hoop art & knit piece is a one-of-a-kind creation using the best fibers & materials. Each piece is hand-crafted & has its own distinct personality.
What does your business name mean?
Islay's Terrace (pronounced "eye-lah") is named after my cat, Islay, who I adopted in 2011 from the Boston MSPCA where I was volunteering at the time. She's a Russian Blue with 3 legs. She's often helping/supervising in the studio (aka napping.)
Islay is a true indoor kitty -- unlike my other cat, Mittsy who loves to sit outside (supervised) in the sunshine. Because many of my creations are plant and botanical themed, I found it fitting to call my business Islay's Terrace -- an indoor garden of no-maintenance, impossible to kill, cat-safe plants for this little indoor introvert could admire.
How did you get in to stitching?
I learned embroidery and cross-stitch from my mom when I was young. In my late 20s, I rekindled my love for the art when I realized that after spending the whole day working on the computer (I'm also a writer & photographer) the last thing I needed at the end of the night was to stare at another device (my phone) or the TV. So I took to stitching! Now I stitch while listening to podcasts, watching TV (multi-tasking!) and listening to music and spend much less time on my phone.
Can you tell me about your designs?
My embroidery is inspired by my love of cats, my interest in photography and the years I spent living in the Arizona desert. I also love shapes, colors, geometry and plants and am always experimenting with new designs and stitches.
Have I seen you before? Your name seems familiar....
Possibly! When I'm not stitching, I'm photographing! I do shows and festivals around the New England area with my photography and sell online so it's likely you may have seen me or my work minus the stitching!
Why is an item sold out? Can you make more?
All of my embroidery hoop art is hand-stitched and one of a kind. Sometimes if I have more of the fabric I can make a similar (yet not identical) design, if you are interested in a similar hoop that you see as "sold out" please contact me!
Do you do custom orders?
Absolutely! I love making custom orders! I can create custom names, phrases, cat designs and much more -- if you have a design in mind, I would love to work with you, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Browse the collection of hand-stitched embroidery here.
(PS: We have a larger collection of embroidery available in the studio shop!)