Deborah Toner


Deborah is a Belfast based designer and maker specialising in Architectural Embroidery worked on the finest quality, Northern Irish made Irish Linen.


Deborah’s work came about while studying Architecture at Ulster University in Belfast. As part of her  thesis, she studied maps of Belfast and made a series of machine stitched maps showing the changing of the city pattern throughout history. The original copy of these maps sits on permanent collection in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Following completing her Master of Architecture Deborah decided to combine her love of Architecture and Interiors and set up her own gift and homeware business. She embroiders images, maps and skylines onto the finest quality, locally made Irish Linen and makes them into a range of products, including Cushions, Lampshades, Picture Mounts, Lavender Sachets, Zip Pouches and more.

Deborah enjoys the idea of distinguishable patterns, especially when something like a map, building or a
skyline, which is very structured and architectural, can be made into something soft and tactile.

In 2014 on the Queen’s visit to Belfast Deborah was asked to make 2 of her Belfast Skyline Cushions to be presented to the Queen as the official gift from the City. This lead to being asked by Historic Royal Palaces to make a collection of work to be sold at Hillsborough Castle.

In 2021 the Ulster Museum bought another body of Deborah’s work for their permanent collection.

Deborah’s work includes a Belfast Dublin, Derry and Edinburgh range. She continues to draw new cities and places and add to her range of products. She also regularly undertakes commission work and always welcomes new ideas.


East Belfast

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 8.3am – 4.30pm

Deborah’s Studio is Private but a meeting can be arranged. Contact

Where to Buy My Work

In Klover – Hillsborough

Hillsborough Castle (bespoke rage)

Craft N.I Gallery

(currently taking a break from wholesaling work to concentrate more on Bespoke/Commission work)

  • Commissions / Workshops / Private bookings
Maps of where people live, A church or place people are getting married, Houses, Landscapes, Places of Architectural significance.

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