Needle Felt Art
Yvonne Wood has a degree in Fine Art Sculpture and post graduate qualification in adult education.
As a practicing artist Yvonne has exhibited work regularly in London, the South-East and the Cotswolds. Moving to the Cotswolds she became interested in using wool as a medium. Yvonne’s work explores soft textures, subtle blends of wool combined with bold, bright colours.
She works from life, taking photographs to translate into needle felt landscapes. The works record her times in the Cotswolds and travels abroad, encapsulating those special memories.
Europa Chang Dawson
Europa grew up tying knots with her grandfather, who made sure she knew the symbolism of the knots in her Chinese family heritage. She left China as a refugee, and while going round the world with her parents, Europa learned a lot of crafts because she believes using hands is one way of communicating when you can't speak the language!
She would have liked to have studied textiles, but in those days, it wasn't a degree subject, and her father said firmly that the tradition of the house was an academic degree.
When funds allowed Europa did City & Guilds creative studies courses in Embroidery & Lacemaking, parts 1 & 2 in each discipline over 8 years - and loved every minute.
Jacqui is an all-round textile enthusiast and has been teaching sewing classes for the past decade. Her relaxed, pragmatic approach will get you finishing your projects in no time.
Jacqui aims to empower her students with the skills and confidence to tackle the projects that they like to sew, as well as teaching the practical skills to troubleshoot and maintain your machines.
Jacqui has also had patterns and articles published in publications including The Knitter, Knit Now, Crochet Now, Art of Knitting, Art of Crochet, and Yarn in the City.
Ruth mainly works from her Garden studio, creating one off textile pieces with dyed, painted or printed cloth, often embellished further with Free-Motion or hand embroidery. These might include stitched bowls, journal covers, lanterns or lampshades and framed pieces. Inspiration is drawn from the landscape, wild flowers and the ocean and the ever changing weather.
She has gained a BA (hons) Degree in Textiles and a PGCE in Art and Design currently teaching both Recreational and Accredited City and Guilds Courses. She is also member of the society for embroidered work.