Tierney Barden

Each quilt has a story to tell, and it’s my pleasure to coax those stories to the surface with needle and thread.

A day in the life for me is spent stirring, steeping and stitching. I’m a textile artist, teacher and quilter.

I strive for zero waste, gorgeous colors in the dye pots and gorgeous fabrics that enhance a stitcher’s experience. I’ve recently begun incorporating linen and specialty fabrics and threads from around the world into my own story-stitch world, and wanting to share the good stuff with you, these specially curated materials are now sweetly packaged in my shop as Decadent Textile boxes.

When I began this business in 2015, my priority was to provide the best materials possible for ourselves and our loved ones. That quest led me to 100% certified organic cotton fabrics made from cotton grown in the US, and milled in the US when possible. Over the years, I’ve grown my offerings to include silk and linen fabrics. Hand dyeing with natural dyes is truly a labor of love, and watching exquisite colors come out of the dye pots compels me to make these extraordinary fabrics available to quilters, sewers and fiber enthusiasts alike. Seeing what you make with my fabrics brings it all full circle!

I’m grateful to be able to share my passion for slow cloth and storytelling with you. For a peek behind the studio curtain, follow me on Instagram: @tierneybarden. To receive exclusive shop discounts and studio updates, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. Thank you for your support!


Artist’s Biography

Tierney is a textile artist, quilt designer and natural dyer in upstate NY. When she's not designing, she's happily making progress on personal pieces such as art quilts and hand stitched garments. Having earned her BFA from NYS College of Ceramics and Design at Alfred University with a concentration in drawing and painting, Tierney brings her painterly style, love of pattern and storytelling to her work today. 

Learning the ancient art of shibori dyeing at Arrowmont in 2006 was Tierney's first exposure to hand dying fabric. From there, she went on to make her first art quilt which was shown in the 2008 Quilts=Art=Quilts juried exhibit. She has been published in Quilting Arts Holiday Gifts Magazine 2013 and 2014. Teaching and speaking venues have included Squam Art Workshops, Quilters’ Consortium of NYS and area quilt guilds. For the past three years, she has also been participating in a long distance teaching experience with The Palouse-Prairie School Midsummer Night's Dream project. Her naturally dyed fabrics were most recently featured throughout Karen Lewis's book Wabi-Sabi Sewing. Today, Tierney dyes, teaches and sells her wares. You can see her 2018 installation at Squam Art Workshops here.