Sabina Lima

Every now and then we are privilaged to see something quite unique created from our digitally printed fabrics.  And so, when Sabina Lima sent us some images and footage of her recent exhibition, we just had to share them. 

Nature is the influence in Sabina’s latest installation piece at the Embroidered Arts Exhibition, organised by Hand & Lock. 

The concept for the installation comes from a desire to support the protection of the rainforests and raise awareness of the destruction it faces.

Sabina Lima instillation


“Sentient” is an immersive art installation that mixes two different media – traditional hand embroidery techniques and procedurally generated animation.

It is inspired by morphology, in particular by fractal patterns found in nature and in the human body.

Exploring natures very own fractal art, these illustrated pieces represent both the foliage of a woodland and the intricate bronchial branches of the lungs. Which you can spot in the intricatly drawn lines.

Viewers are invited to stroll through panels of digitally printed fabrics, heavily embroidered with mixed media such as silks, wire, beads and leather, so that they can get a feeling of walking through the forest. The reverse of the panels reveal a projection of animated embroidery created by Sabina.

Stripping the colour from the scene all helps the viewer to self-interpret the ever changing experience.

Sabina Lima - Presents "Sentient"

Hear from Sabina about the concept, production and delivery of her latest installation piece.

The Fabric

Sabina has chosen our GOTs ECO Cotton Drill as the base for her heavily embellished details.

This is a substantial 240gsm heavy weight fabric, which makes it ideal for holding the embellishment.  

The printed fabric shows illustration work drawn by Sabina to represent tree branches, human bronchial tree lungs; leaf veins and rivers.

"The installation is made from a 3 metres wide design digitally printed on Organic Cotton Drill. It is sliced into 6 equal parts of varying hights, ranging from 110cm to 190cm, simulating tree trunks. The pieces can work together or on their own, and allow infinite possibilities of arrangements, adapting to the requirement of different spaces."


Congratulations to Sabina on being awarded 3rd place in the Textile Open category at the exhibition.

panel artwork

We wish Sabina all the very best for the future. And wish her success in her return to studies at UCA in London.

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Photography and videography: Sabina Lima 

Printing Scarves


The processes involved in digital textile printing causes the original fabric to shrink. If you are printing scarves, the size of the finished product will be important to you. For example, if you have square artwork, you will be expecting your finished scarf to be square!

To get the printed fabric closer to the size you need, all fabric intended for scarves must go through an extra step to reshape it. Please allow extra time on your deadlines to allow for this process. 

Let us introduce you to the …


The stenter is an enormous piece of machinery that has many uses, including coating our fabrics and reshaping scarf orders.

After travelling through a solution to soften the fabric, it then passes over a flat bed, gripped on the selvedge edges to pull it back into shape. 

It’s a long and precise process that needs to be carefully monitored.

Shrinkage Disclaimer

If you have selected to use our hemming service, we will check the stentered fabric for you before we begin to finish your scarves. If you are not using our service, it’s up to you to check the size BEFORE you cut out the individual scarves from the fabric length. We cannot re-size after your scarves have been cut out.