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.



‘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


‘Betty begins’ Free machine and hand embroidery on cloth
26 cm x 26 cm (including mount) SOLD


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

‘Betty and birds enjoy the ebb and flow of the tides’
Free machine and hand embroidery on cloth 26 cm x 31 cm
(including mount) SOLD


'Betty embroiders the truth'
Print 14.5 cm x 8 cm SOLD


'Betty is in a rush Ronnie isn't'
Print 14.5 cm x 8 cm SOLD


'Betty makes plans to explore'
Print 14.5 cm x 8 cm £12



'Betty tries to catch an idea before if flies away'
Print 14. 5 cm x 8 cm SOLD



'Betty visits a friend' Print 14.5 cm x 8 cm £12



'Betty thinks it is a good day for sailing'
Print 14.5 cm x 8 cm £12

'Betty gazes into space'
Print 14.5 cm x 8 cm SOLD


‘Betty sets to work in the greenhouse’
Print 30.5 cm x 27.5 cm SOLD


‘Betty thinks afternoon tea is ready’
Print 22 cm x 24.5 cm SOLD

‘Betty and birds peruse the seed catalogues with interest’
Print 24 cm x 24 cm £20


Handmade Leather Embroidered Brooches £24 each