Just a quick message to ask you to look at the link opposite called Textile Artist.org. There are some very interesting articles on there and I found one by Anne Honeyman and her fabrics are amazing. She specialising in the fragile using machine embroidery. The work is very interesting and the link is here
There is also an article on Sue Hotchkis whose work I know has inspired Averil in the past. She does lots of lovely pieces on rust and .... cracks!
Also there are a few articles on Cas Holmes whose work I really like
Please check it out as there is some lovely stuff on there!