Rosie James – November Speaker and Workshops. 2-3 November

We are thrilled to have Rosie James as our Speaker on Saturday 2nd November. She is also doing a workshop for those fortunate enough to attend.

Rosie James is a Textile Artist living and working in Kent. She has a BA Hons Textiles degree from Surrey Institute of Art and Design and an MA in Textiles from Goldsmith College London.

Here’s a link to the AXIS Artists Directory, where Rosie has a comprehensive listing of her work.

Rosie started making dyed and screen printed fabrics, scarves, ties, cushions etc, but once she discovered that she could use the sewing machine to draw with, she found herself doing less print and began creating larger and more one off pieces.
Her first stitched drawing was of a group of friends at a beach hut party in Kent. This piece won the Bentliff Museum and Art Gallery prize in 2008 and spurred her on to do more.

City Streets

She uses crowds and large gatherings as her first point of reference. She says she is
‘looking for the detail in the ordinary but also the commonality within the group’.

One of her favorite artists is Pieter Breughel the elder whose paintings depicted large groups of people with details of everyday life.

Photographs are used to still movement and to reveal details; these photographs are then used to create drawings and then sewn onto fabric using a sewing machine.


Rosie uses transparent fabrics and likes to use raised stitches and to leave loose threads, which reveals the process of sewing. Transparent cloth allows her to layer the drawings on top of each other, and to build up the crowd. She screen-prints buildings, windows, roofs and skylines in many of her pieces of work, these elements create a sense of atmosphere and build links between the people and their location and their belongings.

Her commissioned work hangs in Ordeal Hall, Salford and the Hilton Hotel at Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5.

The Ordsall Hall, Salford commission hangs in the 16th century Great Hall. It consists of screen-printed photographs of groups of people living in the Ordsall area in the 1930’s running alongside a printed Ordsall skyline. Below this there are stitched drawings of people from the local communities in the area surrounding the hall.

Ordsall Hall, Salford
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£ 14.99 Published Oct 2018. Available at most bookshops such as Waterstones and Amazon.

She enjoys teaching and running workshops and has recently written a book entitled: “Stitch Draw” which showcases other Textile Artists work and includes Rosie’s vast knowledge. She takes you through in simple steps and techniques on how to draw with a sewing machine.

Rosie is also a member of the Art Textiles Made in Britain Group

Thanks to Janette McKie for the photos and information.

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The NIPG, as we are affectionately known, welcomes anyone interested in any aspect of patchwork and/or quilting, in whatever form. Beginner, advanced or in between. The Guild usually meets on the first Saturday of the month in the Parochial Hall of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Co Down, Northern Ireland. Contact us for more information. Meetings open around 10.30 am with tea/coffee for which we charge a small visitor's fee. This is quite informal. The meeting proper begins with 'housekeeping' - various announcements relevant to our members. Often we will have engaged a speaker of note, which is sometimes followed by a workshop/ sew-in. Full day workshops are held on Sundays. We have had speakers and teachers from USA, Germany, Holland, England, not forgetting the excellent people who are locally based. Contact us or Facebook for further information.

2 thoughts on “Rosie James – November Speaker and Workshops. 2-3 November”

  1. Hi Everyone I’m visiting from North Lincolnshire from 1st to the 4th November.Would love to come visit your group in cultra on the 2nd November .I have been sewing and making quilts for over 30 years .I love seeing quilts and other sewing makes we all make..Please Let me know soon zGhank uou. Krystyna


  2. Hi Krystyna,
    You may well have already received a reply but just in case –
    Visitors are very welcome. The talk is held in the Parochial Hall in the Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra. Doors open at 10am for talk starting about 10.45am. I think there is a small visitor’s fee of £3 payable to the guild – but you do not have to pay into the museum (just tell them you are coming to the patchwork guild). There is more information on the About us and visitor information tab above.
    I don’t think there are any workshop places free for this weekend, unfortunately, but there is always plenty of space at the talk – which lasts about an hour.
    Hope you can make it.


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