Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby Artist Profile

Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby, Textile Artist


Fibre ArtworkAbout My Current Work

My designs are crafted from wood art panels, pegboards, reclaimed materials and vintage frames. I cross stitch my designs with reclaimed yarn and other fibres. I start my designs on paper and later refine them digitally. The pegboards and wood panels are prepared with a combination of natural dyes, stains, and paints. The wood panels are hand drilled then stitched with the design. The finished art pieces range in size from 5″ square to pieces that are 39″x28″ plus.In addition to my art pieces, I also create diy kits with similar mini versions of my designs. I also use yarn and other fibres to create unique home decor pieces such as tie backs, rope bowls and wall hangings. These pieces are a combination of needlework, weaving, macramé, crochet and other traditional fibre art techniques. A majority of the materials I use in my work is reclaimed or recycled. Some new materials are used where needed. New materials include natural dyed wool yarn and silk fabric.

My goal as an artist is to create beautiful sustainable art and home decor pieces. I also hope to inspire others to explore the world of textile art and find new ways to incorporate traditional art forms into daily life.




Huronia Festival of Arts and Crafts – Kempenfest – Barrie, ON – August 5-7th, 2023 – Booth# 197

Artist Bio

Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby is a multidisciplinary textile artist from Oro-Medonte, Ontario. She is of African Caribbean heritage and was born in Trinidad and Tobago. She currently lives near the shores of Lake Simcoe, and is inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds her home.

Yvette-Michelle has worked as an accessories designer, textile artist, creative instructor, and creative business development consultant for over 20 years.

Her artistic career started as a designer and maker, where she created fashion accessories under her label Verona Collections. Her collection included hand-embroidered, hand-painted, natural dyed and batik silk scarves, hats and bags.

Yvette-Michelle has also worked with individuals as a creative instructor; teaching classes and workshops in sewing and textile arts. Yvette-Michelle has taught both children and adults through her studios in Oro-Medonte and Orillia Ontario. She has also worked with businesses and community organizations to develop creative programs and teach sewing and textile arts skills. Her studio, diy tutorials and writing can also be found in magazines such as In Her Studio Magazine and Women’s World Magazine.

Her annual kids creative summer day camps have been hosted for over 11 years where she teaches children 6 to 18 years old to develop their creativity. She also actively works with home school students to nurture their creativity and develop their skills and confidence.

Yvette-Michelle’s current artistic work is an exploration into taking traditional art forms and finding new applications in our modern world. Her work is also a look into sustainable crafting and how art can help to inform environmental consciousness.

In the past five years she has been researching, and independently developing her skills to create a visual art collection that combines cross stitch with other medias.

Yvette-Michelle expresses herself through a variety of traditional crafts and photography. She can be found in her studio, garden or on nature walks with her family.


Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby – ymcottle@craftedspaces.com