Nicolas story settee

Arts and Crafts settee (c.1900) with cushions designed by Nicola

Nicola Jarvis stitching Quene Elizabeths Sleeve Unpickd

Nicola Jarvis stitching ‘Quene Elizabeth’s Sleeve Unpick’d’ © 2015

Nicolas story owl cushion

'Owl' canvas work cushion designed by Nicola and stitched by Deanna Ragsdale © 2015

Nicola Jarvis – Artist and Hand Embroiderer

Nicola is widely known in the global stitching community for her beautiful embroidery kit projects.  Featuring ornate birds, animals and flowers, these stitch projects are inspired by a variety of iconic designers and distinctive period styles.

Celebrating twenty-six years of teaching hand embroidery, Nicola trained at the Royal School of Needlework and spent ten years working in the British fashion industry as a sample embroiderer for numerous high street brands.  She is proud to have been a member of the team that created the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress.

She assisted in designing, launching and running the Royal School of Needlework degree curriculum from 2007 to 2011, and over the last ten years has formulated and delivered independent site-specific embroidery courses in stately homes, museums and other venues across the UK, Europe, North Africa, USA and Australia.

In July 2013 Nicola staged her collaborative exhibition ‘The Art of Embroidery: Nicola Jarvis and May Morris’ at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London.  Inspired by the designs of William and May Morris, and with funding from Arts Council England, this popular show was invited to tour selected William Morris-linked venues in England, including National Trust property Wightwick Manor in the West Midlands and Kelmscott House, Hammersmith.  After an impressive gallery space at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate in November 2015, the exhibition was displayed at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, on Lake Windermere from June to September 2016.

Alongside supplying John Lewis plc with a capsule collection of her embroidery kits, National Trust property Wightwick Manor has commissioned Nicola to produce a range of kits to complement the new exhibition of William de Morgan ceramics.

Nicola operates her art practice, embroidery design and teaching business from her beautiful studio space on the outskirts of Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.