Ali describes herself as ‘an artist, embroiderer and collector of stories’.
She loves slow hand stitching and is an enthusiastic collector of ‘stuff’, combining these two passions in creating contemporary stitched textile pieces each with their own story to tell.
She works from her unique little studio ‘The Purple Thread Shed’ in the garden of her home in Roslin, near Edinburgh and loves taking her shed ‘on the road’ as she teaches in various venues in the UK and internationally.
Dear Emma Designs
Cathy Emmott of Dear Emma Designs creates beautiful handmade textile art from her tiny workshop in North Yorkshire.At Cathy's very popular appliqué and free motion embroidery workshops at Needle & Thread she helps beginners to experienced stitchers design & stitch their own textile designs with her gorgeous vintage fabrics and haberdashery.
Expect lots of fun, expertise and super stitching know-how on any workshop with Stuart Hillard! Stuart is a professional quilt designer, maker and teacher with over 20 years experience and hundreds of quilts under his belt. More than fifty of his designs have been published in national and international magazines and he is a monthly columnist for Popular Patchwork Magazine, Essentials Magazine and Sew Magazine and published author. A semi finalist on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee in 2013, global ambassador for Handi-Quilter, ambassador for Coats Crafts/Rowan/FreeSpirit Fabrics and regular guest on Create & Craft TV.
Philippa is an award winning quilter and textile artist, who has had great success in quilt shows in both the UK and America, and won many prizes, you may have seen her beautiful minature quilt Measure for Measure at the Festival of Quilts last year (2017), it won both the Minature Quilts Category and Best in Show.
Katie produce hand-painted decorative porcelain jugs, cups, cake stands and brooches using a variety of slip casting and hand-building techniques. Each piece is essentially a canvas for decoration and collage as I combine drawings with found ephemera. I am inspired by nostalgia, old paper ephemera, vintage textiles and a love of drawing. I am fascinated by old objects that have a history and a story behind them.
Since setting up my studio in 2009 I have exhibited and supplied to galleries across the UK. My work has been featured in Period Living, Essential living and Homes and Antiques.
Robyn Smith Felt Artist
Felt Tutor Robyn runs a super array of felt workshops at Needle & Thread, including the very popular Felted Pictures, Felted Vessels & Pods, Needle Felting, Felted Corsages, Jewellery and felted bags! Robyn's workshops are always fun and Robyn works with both beginners and experienced felters to achieve fantastic results.
Linda Miller Creative machine embroidery. Linda has been a professional embroiderer since she graduated from Winchester school of art in 1988. Her work is successfully exhibited throughout the UK Europe and the USA.
She has pieces held in public and private collections such as those of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Arts Council South East.
Her book entitled “Creative Machine Embroidery” was published in 2010 by A&C Black and she has appeared on Kirsty Allsop’s television program“Kirsty’s Handmade Britain”.
Gillian Travis is an award-winning quilt maker who travels extensively, taking lots of photos which she then uses to inspire her colourful and visually cheerful works. She uses a wide variety of techniques with paint, print, felt and machine stitch combined with natural fabrics and contemporary quilt skills.
Angie Hughes textile Artist
Angie is a textile artist and tutor, who lives and works in Ledbury, Herefordshire. She teaches all over the country, and has been teaching in Australia and New Zealand. She has written a book called ‘Stitch Cloth Paper and Paint’ a current best seller for Search Press.
Her work has featured in many publications including Embroidery, Stitch magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Hot Textiles by Kim Thitichai and The Encyclopedia of Embroidery by Val Holmes and many more.
Maria Thomas Textile Artist
Maria’s work focuses on rehousing everyday objects that have a specific association or meaning to her. Notions of motherhood, shopping lists, food wrappers and graphic packaging – offering assistance to domestic chores – are carefully sourced, cut out and stitched before being absorbed into the fabric by patchwork and quilting techniques. Shaping memories and experiences into her own visual language Maria’s work is a response to the events of her daily life.
Since graduating Maria has taught drawing, embroidery and printed textile design at degree and FE level. She has designed freelance for fashion, exhibited regularly and has work in public and private collections in the UK & overseas.
Katy Livings (Stitch & Sprig)
Katy has been making and sewing since the age of 4 and went on to study Textile Design at University, specialising in embroidery. She has worked as a freelance designer for Interior and Fashion companies in the UK and Paris. Her designs have been used across fabric, wallpaper, bridal wear, womenswear, childrenswear, accessories and toys. Companies she has worked with include Habitat, Crown Wallcoverings, Nitya, Mattel Toys and George Clothing. Katy was commissioned by Tony and Cherie Blair to design and make gifts for the G8 summit.
Anne is an artist, tutor and author living and working in Kent and exhibiting and teaching both in the UK and abroad. She trained in Canada and in the UK at Goldsmiths College, London. She was the recipient of two Greenshields Foundation scholarships. Her Fine Art degree, with printmaking and photography training has developed into her current layered mixed media and recycled textile art.
Fiona is a mixed media textile artist living in Leamington Spa. Working She with surface textile design, screen printing stitch, paint and collage; she often recycles materials and found objects to create something new and quirky. Much of her inspiration comes mainly from the patterns and designs found in nature. FionaI enjoy working with colour, building up layers and drawing with thread. Fiona is a member of the Association of Midland Artists (AMA) and the Embroiderers’ Guild.
Anne is a mixed media textile artist, creating bespoke mixed media textile pieces of work that are combined with her love for drawing.
Instead of drawing with a pencil I use a needle and thread. I build up layers of paper and fabric, re-working my pieces with paint, ink, dyes and stamps before drawing on the surface with a sewing machine and needle. My inspiration comes from the walks and journeys I go on.
Starting with the first step and 'My Right Foot' I collect, draw and photograph the treasures that can go unnoticed and these become the inspiration for my work.
My family history is entwined with textiles; weavers, sheep farmers and even a court dressmaker in the mix. I have fibres in my bloodstream. Originally from Derbyshire, I have lived in North Devon for over 15 years.
My embroideries are in silk appliqué embellished with machine stitching & hand beading, all are inspired by drawing or a painting. I love the variety of texture and rich jewel like colour in pure silk.
My pieces are made in small batches to the highest standards of craftsmanship. I currently combine creating my own work with making and designing Masonic and ecclesiastical banners.
Janice Gunner is an award winning textile artist - particularly known for her quilt art and her Shibori - in both the UK and internationally. She won the Jewel Patterson Scholarship for international Quilt Teachers in 1999, was awarded the Amy Emms MBE for services to Quilt-making in 2008 and the prestigious City & Guilds Medal for Excellence as a lecturer in 2018. Janice is a former President of The Quilters Guild of the British Isles, a member of the Contemporary Quilt group of the QGBI and a member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen. She has been teaching stitched textile techniques including patchwork, quilting and Shibori for 30 years.
Janice is also one of the team of textile experts for Arena Travel, teaching and accompanying travellers on trips to Japan, USA, UK and mainland Europe.
Janice won The Quilters Guild first ever Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 which honours influential people in the quilting world.
Kathleen Laurel Sage is a freelance designer and embroiderer who for the last 20 years or more has been producing a wide range of innovative textile works using a soldering iron and a heat gun to make conventional items and exciting 3-dimensional pieces using machine embroidery as the common link.
Wendy Dolan has loved designing and creating from an early age. She studied Art and Textiles and qualified with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree, teaching in Primary Schools for several years. During this time she returned to college part time and gained a Diploma in Creative Embroidery. With a young family to look after, she began exhibiting and selling her work and sharing her love of textiles with others. Wendy has worked since then as a professional textile artist, tutor and lecturer both in the UK and abroad. She offers a wide range of courses, specialising in Freehand Machine Embroidery and related textile techniques and teaches regularly at West Dean College Sussex, Denman College Oxfordshire and in Murcia Spain for Castanea Craft Holidays. She is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, a member of the Embroiderers Guild and her work is held in private collections worldwide. She has worked on some large scale commissions - stage curtains for the Royal Caribbean International cruise line, and a large Millennium wall hung textile for Ashridge House in Hertfordshire.
I am a mixed-media textile artist with a real passion for cloth and thread, who has been designing and creating individual handmade pieces and wearable art for many years. I love to concentrate on textures, layering of fabrics, adding surface stitching, embellishing with found objects, drawing and shading with silks with a variety of traditional sewing or mixed media techniques thrown in for good measure.
I love to tell a story in each and every piece I design and make, using the cloth as my foundation. I leave the threads to tell the rest of the tale...Slow stitching particularly makes my little 'ol Fen heart sing... taking time out to 'simply be' with any design is so therapeutic and calms my meandering creative soul.
Sara Cook is a textile artist, teacher, and judge who established the Patchwork and Quilting courses at the Brighton Fashion and Textile School. She regularly contributes to articles for magazines, has worked as technical editor for several quilting books, and is a qualified Quilt Judge at the Quilt Festival. She regularly attends the Korean Bojagi Forum in Seoul, where she is having a solo exhibition of her work and giving a lecture.
Melanie Missin is British Textile Artist and Tutor who has been working with textiles for forty years. In the last 12 years she has been making patchwork quilts now focussing more on textile art and mixed media. She runs regular classes and workshops from her studio and also teaches sewing shops and sewing groups around the country. She has also been featured in Stitch magazine and is hosting a block printing holiday in Jaipur. ‘Sewing and creating is my passion but most of all it is the sharing of it that makes it all so worthwhile’.