Michelle Holmes

Michelle trained in Embroidered Textiles at Loughborough University and now works from a studio at The Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, in Staunton Harold on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border.

Her work is a mixture of free machine embroidery and hand stitching. She likes to work onto natural fabrics such as silk, linen and cotton because of the way their surfaces reflect light. The tactile quality of the cloth is an important element in her work. She often uses cyanotype/blueprint for her backgrounds. Beautiful, deep, cyan blues, created by the strength of UV light, make starting points for night skies and coastal pieces. The works are usually presented as wall hangings or mounted and framed.

Michelle's creative process is rooted in her love of nature. She works in sketchbooks, drawing directly from what she sees around her; trees, hedges, birds, deer, sheep, the changing seasons, buildings and people. Using these sketches as a resource, together with memory and imagination, she creates her embroidered stories.

Her influences include Boro Textiles, Folk Art, Seventeenth Century English Embroidery, Samplers, the paintings of Mary Newcombe and Samuel Palmer, Folk Tales, Maps and Medieval Carvings.

Michelle's work is held in private and public collections and has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Taiwan and the USA. In 1994, she won the Best New Exhibitor Prize at the prestigious Chelsea Craft Fair and the Carroll Foundation Award. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, including the cover of Embroidery Magazine and in Nina Edward’s book On the Button. She has undertaken a wide range of commissions, including pieces for Nieman Marcus, Habitat, P&O Cruise Ships and the Enjoy England Excellence Awards.


 ‘Deciding where to have coffee’ Free machine and hand embroidery
on cloth 31 cm x 36 cm (including mount) £95

‘After the willow cutters have been, Betty finds
willow buds’ Free machine and hand
embroidery on cloth 25.5 cm x 33.5 cm
(including mount) £65


‘Learning from a wise friend’ Free machine and hand embroidery on
cloth 29.5 cm x 28 cm (including mount) £75

 ‘Glamping’ Free machine and hand embroidery on cloth
27 cm x 27 cm (including mount) £65


‘Betty is pleased to see the angel’ Free machine
and hand embroidery on cloth 21.5 cm x 28 cm
(including mount) £50


‘Catching up over a cup of tea’ Free machine and hand embroidery
on cloth 25 cm x 25 cm (including mount) £60

Handmade Leather Embroidered Brooches £24 each