Nicola is widely known in the global stitching community for her beautiful embroidery kit projects. She operates her art practice, embroidery design and teaching business from her studio space on the outskirts of Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.
Celebrating twenty-eight 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. She was a member of the team that created the lace for the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. 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 Arts and Crafts houses in England until 2016.
Alongside supplying John Lewis plc with a capsule collection of her embroidery kits, National Trust properties Wightwick Manor and Standen House have recently commissioned Nicola to produce a range of kits inspired by decorative objects specific to each historic site. With a Certificate in Education and a First Class BA Honours and Masters in Fine Art, Nicola teaches all over the world including the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace.