Nicola running an exclusive workshop in her studio in Leamington Spa © 2015

Nicola running an exclusive workshop in her studio in Leamington Spa © 2015

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Nicola guiding a student on a Spring Lakes Retreat

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Detail from 'Blossom Wood' epic crewel work project 2018

Nicola Jarvis – Artist and Hand Embroiderer

‘Sharing joy and beauty’ is what inspires Nicola to teach the skills and aesthetics of hand embroidery.  Joy through the discovery and mastery of these ancient and intimate skills, and for the beauty inherent in exquisite colour schemes, mesmerising patterns, stitch techniques and materials.

Her love of colour, pattern and texture led her to train on the three-year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace.  There she underwent a deep learning of her craft and began a life-long career as an embroidery designer and teacher.

With a Certificate in Education awarded by the University of Greenwich and a First Class BA Honours and Masters in Fine Art, Nicola teaches all over the world.  She runs an exclusive Art Embroidery Club in her studio, is a lead tutor in Art and Design at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace and visiting lecturer on the BA Textiles Degree programmes at Leicester De Montfort University.

Nicola is a gifted teacher who enjoys both building skills and confidence with novices and challenging students with advanced skills and experience in the field.

  • English Embroidery: Jacobean blackwork

    Thursday 24th January 2019 - Friday 25th January 2019

    10:30am - 4:30pm

    Blythe House & Maker Studio, V&A Museum, London, UK. Find out more here.

  • Beatrix Potter-themed modern crewel work project – Spring Lakes Retreat with Lady Anne’s Needlework Retreats

    Saturday 2nd March 2019 - Saturday 9th March 2019

    The Ryebeck Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, UK

  • Bijou Bullfinch – silk and gold work project

    Saturday 4th May 2019 - Sunday 5th May 2019

    10am to 4pm

    Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, UK

  • ‘Swirling Scales’ – William de Morgan-inspired gold work class based on a freize depicting swimming fishes

    Saturday 8th June 2019

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    National Trust property Wightwick Manor, Wightwick Bank, West Midlands, UK.

  • Haute Handbags – luxury embroidery projects for evening bags

    Saturday 3rd August 2019 - Saturday 10th August 2019

    The Alpine Experience, Chalet Calluna, Les Carroz d'Arraches, French Alps

  • Haute Handbags – luxury embroidery projects for evening bags

    Tuesday 13th August 2019 - Tuesday 20th August 2019

    The Alpine Experience, Chalet Calluna, Les Carroz d'Arraches, French Alps

  • ‘Fox and Meadow Flowers’ – Philip Webb-inspired natural shading class based on his iconic drawing of 1887

    Saturday 7th September 2019

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    National Trust property Wightwick Manor, Wightwick Bank, West Midlands, UK.

  • ‘Hare Among Daisies’ – Philip Webb-inspired natural shading class based on his iconic drawing of 1887

    Saturday 9th November 2019

    10:00am - 4:00pm

    National Trust property Wightwick Manor, Wightwick Bank, West Midlands, UK.