Tutors

Ali Ferguson
Ali Ferguson is a textile artist & tutor who works from her unique little studio “The Purple Thread Shed” in the garden of her home in Roslin, near Edinburgh.
She is an avid hand stitcher and an enthusiastic collector of “stuff”, combining these two passions in creating contemporary stitched textile pieces each with their own story to tell.

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.

Stuart Hillard
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.

Carole Rennison 
Carole Rennison of Hooked by Design teaches the gorgeous craft of Hooking! Carole designs and creates beautiful hooking designs which are turned into cushions, artwork and bags! Her beautiful designs feature flowers, hearts, chickens and have a charming country appeal. Carole is also one of the organisers of the super YarndaleFestival!

Pat Lumsdale
Pat Lumsdale has worked with textiles for over 35 yrs. Pat is a national craft judge and a verifier for City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting. Until recently Pat was the National Federation Women's Institute Craft Adviser and taught at WI's Denman College specialising in beginners techniques. She has exhibited her work and won national quilting competitions with both individual and group entries. She has been instrumental in getting many people hooked!

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.

Jane Drummond
Jane is our super hand embroidery tutor! Jane has had a life long obsession for stitching and has for many years worked in the Needlework room at Lincoln Cathedral making and restoring vestments and also works in the textile conservation studio based at Burghley House. Jane's qualifications include a Distinction in Royal School of Needlework Certificate & Diploma courses, City & Guilds part 1&2 in Embroidery and Design.

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 Kelly

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.