Art textiles

Textile still lifes with a nature theme with Emily Jo Gibbs

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About this course

Working from plant cuttings in pots and jam jars, create a delicate textile collage using layering and hand stitch. With an emphasis on really looking at the subject, studying shape, colour, shadows and refraction and using drawing and photography to experiment with composition, build an appliqué. Use long and short stitches to bring your work to life with texture and colour.

Course Description

Working from sticks or cuttings in pots and jam jars create a delicate stitched textile collage using layers of fine and translucent fabrics and hand stitch.

With an emphasis on really looking at the subject you choose, studying shape, colour, shadows and refraction, you will use drawing and photography to experiment with composition, before starting to build-up your appliqué.

You will learn how to transfer your final image on to translucent fabrics using a variety of media including pencil, ink and silk paint.

Create the backdrop for your stitched illustration by building layers and areas of coloured organza. Then learn how to bring your work to life with texture and colour, as you see how combinations of different long and short stitches can create different effects. Experiment with stitch length and density, as you work up your finished image.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Materials supplied by the tutor, including linen and silk organza for approximately 2 x A5 test pieces and an approximately A4 finished piece (this is plenty for most students).

What students need to bring

  • Please bring your own drawings and/or photographs as a starting point.
  • Also pens and pencils a sketchbook and a jam jar or small vase you would like use.
  • Bring any silk organza, bits of fabric, ribbons, lace, buttons etc. sewing threads that you have and may wish to incorporate (optional)

Available to buy

  • Some threads, embroidery and sewing
  • Ink
  • Pens and pencils
  • Sketchbook
  • The tutor will bring some additional materials to buy directly from her, if you decide to make another piece at home, or find you might like additional materials to use on the course. These include:
  • Silk organza in various colours
  • Medium weight cotton or linen as a base
  • Other bits of fabric, ribbons, lace, buttons etc. that you may wish to incorporate
  • Threads for embroidery and sewing
  • Silk paint


Emily Jo Gibbs

Emily Jo Gibbs is a British artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her exquisite work. Emily also has experience delivering workshops, practical demonstrations and artists talks for a variety of clients including the V&A, Embroiderers guilds and the Crafts Council. Emily is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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