Artisan Handcrafts inspired by history and mythology.

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania · 14 Sales


Artisan Handcrafts inspired by history and mythology.

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 14 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
Liz Heffner

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Liz Heffner


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5 out of 5 stars
Louise Dennis

Louise Dennis on Jan 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully crafted and arrived on time very carefully packaged.


sydneysawatsky on May 26, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent quality- you can still see all the little details! Made my brother-in-law quite ecstatic to receive such a gift.


tonycurtis4 on Sep 28, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely delighted to receive such an original artwork from a clearly talented artist. All arrived safely in secure packaging. Next stop, the framers!

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Artisan handcrafts inspired by fantasy literature, mythology and history.

I first developed a love of history when taking Latin, Ancient Greek and history as subjects in high school, which led me to my first undergraduate degree in Classics at Somerville College, Oxford. While a student, I was fortunate to have access to a wide range of texts, manuscripts and art works that further fostered my appreciation; I also discovered the Oxford Tolkien Society (Taruithorn) and the Oxford Arthurian Society, with whose members I celebrated a shared love of myth and legend. We drank mulled wine dipped from a cauldron, clambered up Bronze Age earthworks to see in the dawn on May Morning, squeezed into Wayland's Smithy in the pre-dawn darkness, sang songs and recited epic poems. It was only a matter of time before these pursuits and interests were to inspire the direction of my creative hobbies.

I have enjoyed embroidery, weaving, quilting, appliqué and beading - among other things - for a few decades, after beginning with cross stitch embroidery when I was six. I now specialise in 'opus anglicanum' embroidery, using historical techniques evident in pieces such as the Bayeux Tapestry and blending these with a range of modern materials that include pure silk, pearls and gold and silver threads. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, The Embroiderer's Guild of America and The Embroiderer's Guild (UK) and am an advocate for the consideration of embroidery as a serious medium for fine art. My embroidered art was first exhibited in England in September 2013.

After a period of inactivity due to an injury in June 2014, I am now developing a range of handcrafts and will be adding copper and silver wire jewelry with semi-precious gemstones from January 2017.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have an queries concerning my pieces. Thank you.

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  • Liz Heffner


    I emigrated to the USA in 2009, where I now live in Pennsylvania with my husband and daughter in a house that I can only describe as 'an oasis of cheerfully eccentric Britishness'. I also enjoy reading, board-gaming and baking when time permits!

Shop policies

Last updated on September 13, 2017
Thank you for visiting my Etsy store. Please do be sure to read my shop policies carefully before making a purchase.

As you can see, I design and stitch original needlework and textile art inspired by fantasy literature, mythology and history, with particular interest in Arthurian legends and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. All original pieces for sale here were designed and made by me, taking anywhere between 20 and 600 hours to complete. Most include pure silk, metallic and metal threads, including gilt threads with real gold content, and sometimes even pearls. All designs and images are subject to copyright and may not be reproduced without permission.

I also offer fine art prints (Giclée), which are museum quality reproductions of my work, and digital offset art prints. These prints offer two price points for the best possible rendering of my artwork in two dimensions, but of course cannot reproduce the more interactive effects seen in the originals when light plays over pure silk, gold and silver.

For more information, including details on the Giclée and digital offset printing processes, embroidery style, recommendations for care of your originals or prints in order to prolong their lifespan, plus other FAQs, you are welcome to visit my website at:

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Original artworks are non-refundable. Please note that differing monitor settings may mean that the artwork looks slightly different to the photograph in my store or gallery.

All items shipped with UPS are covered in case of loss or damage during transit. Please refuse to accept any package that is clearly and substantially damaged, then notify me at your earliest convenience. I will refund or replace art prints. Original artworks cannot be replaced, but a full refund will be given.

Art prints shipped with USPS are NOT covered for loss or damage during transit.

Should you decide that you do not like an art print after receiving it, you must notify me within 14 days of receipt. A refund (less shipping charges) will be given once the print has been returned within 28 days, assuming the print is in good, saleable condition. You are responsible for the cost of return shipping.
I accept payment through Paypal, credit card or Etsy gift card. You do not need to have a verified Paypal account in order to use it to make purchases, as it can be set up to pay directly with your credit or debit card.

Orders with a billing or shipping address within the state of Pennsylvania will have an additional 6% sales tax applied.

Payment must clear before items can be shipped.
All art prints are shipped flat, packaged with either acid-free conservation board (Giclée fine art prints) or regular board (digital offsets). This protects against damage during shipping and avoids problems with memory curl in a print shipped by tube. In nearly all cases, shipping by tube would also be more expensive!

Shipping prices shown are estimates only. Some delivery addresses may incur a higher cost of shipping than advertised; should that happen, I will contact you and give you the option of paying the higher shipping charge or cancelling the purchase.

I do my best to reduce shipping and handling charges as much as possible, only passing actual costs on to my customers. If multiple items are purchased, I will package so as to incur the minimum shipping cost, which will depend on the size and weight of the items. Please note that I cannot be accurate with estimates for multiple items in an order until I know which items have been selected. You will never pay more than the actual cost for packaging and shipping.

Orders will be shipped within two business days of payment clearance and you will be notified at time of shipment, including tracking number if one is available.

Originals and Giclee prints will ship via UPS only. This is slightly more expensive than the United States Postal Service, but your purchase will be fully insured against loss or damage. Prices quoted are for UPS Ground, which takes about 4 days for delivery.

Should a UPS package arrive clearly and substantially damaged, please refuse to accept it and notify me at your earliest convenience. UPS will return it to me and I will send you a replacement.

Digital offset prints will ship with USPS. Prices quoted are for First Class Mail, which takes about 4 days for delivery. If you wish to purchase a digital offset print but would prefer to pay more for guaranteed delivery with UPS, covered by insurance in case of loss or damage, please contact me.

With regret, I no longer ship outside of the United States due to mailing costs and issues with customs, insurance and tracking in the destination country. Please do not ask for an exception to be made.
Additional policies and FAQs
Bespoke orders/commissions may be accepted. Please contact me individually with details.