Art textiles

Text in textiles – communication through stitch with Rosalind Wyatt

Ref: SLW10265

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About this course

Explore how to get to the essence of a text or to the heart of a story, through practical exercises in writing, dialogue and hand stitch. For anyone interested in text as communication.

Course Description

This course is for anyone interested in text as communication – it is suitable for those with an interest in textile arts, but also suitable for other creative areas, such as a writer, artist, philosopher, actor, musician, graphic designer or simply wanting to discover a more profound personal means of communication.

The course will comprise group work/individual project work, and a presentation of the tutor's working process and past projects. There will also be practical demonstrations and the opportunity to work one-to-one with the tutor alongside plenty of constructive dialogue. You are equally encouraged to turn up and enjoy the freedom of a shared creative space.

You will explore:

How to reveal the essence of a text

How to get to the heart of a story

The presence and individual identity of handwriting

How to follow an idea through from concept to creation without losing spontaneity and authenticity

There will be practical exercises on:

Finding your authentic mark

Analysing different scripts

Different hand stitch involved in writing with a needle

Stitching over lettering to gain confidence

Writing with a needle - how to break down a script stitch by stitch

Loosening up and interpreting the text

Intention behind mark-making

Conveying emotion in text and language

Collaborating effectively on creative project

Writing with a variety of different tools – a needle included


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


  • On this course, the tutor will supply some materials to share and work with on the course

What students need to bring

  • Basic stitching kit, including a range of hand stitching threads you have
  • Fabrics and/or a garment or piece of cloth you would like to work on
  • Basic drawing kit
  • Any letters/notebooks/artefacts you would like to work with
  • Examples of handwriting from books/letters that you would like to work with

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Plain calico
  • Limited stranded embroidery threads, needles and basic hand stitching requisites
  • Drawing equipment and paper/sketchbooks


Rosalind Wyatt

Rosalind Wyatt trained initially in Calligraphy and Bookbinding then completed an MA at the RCA in textiles. She now works as a studio based artist in London. Calligraphy commissions include work for film and TV , interiors and fashion. She recently completed a calligraphic hand bound book for The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC.


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

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