Rosie James

A brief biography


Rosie studied Textiles

at Surrey Institute of

Art and Design as a mature student in 1995, specialising in Print. She then set up a business making handprinted fabrics, made up into cushions, scarves and ties. At this time she was obsessed by printing and hated sewing, but became frustrated by the need to tell a story with her prints and decide to do an MA in Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmiths College. This was the turning point to a whole new world of possibilities within textiles.


After an MA show exploring the possibilties of making sculptural pieces with cloth, Rosie turned to the sewing machine and once she discovered she could draw with it, she was off! She began to explore how she could use this textile technique in a fine art way and became very excited by its possibilities. Her first piece involved drawing people at her friends beach hut in Kent, she worked from photographs, and left loose threads hanging to create a scribbly effect. This first piece went on to win the Bentliff Museum and Art Gallery prize and encouraged her to continue to explore what she could do with this technique.


Her work involves an obsession with people watching and looking at the individuals within the crowd. She has gone back to her print training and now mixes screen printing with stitch to create texture and layers. Rosie has published a book called “Stitch Draw” which attempts to show how to draw with the sewing machine alongside examples of many different artists work for inspiration.

Photo Stitch with Rosie James - FULL    

Thursday June 7th to Thursday June 14th 2018



During this week’s course you are going to learn everything you want to know about free motion drawing with the sewing machine and practice all the tips and techniques taught by Rosie. By the end of the week you will have composed a sample selection worthy of kings as well as produced some wonderful wall hangings.



Meet and greet supper with wine to get your creative juices flowing! After dinner Rosie will outline the course and show samples of her work and talk about the techniques that will be taught.


Day 2 focuses on the following:


• Setting up the sewing machine for stitch drawing.

• Drawing people and animals from life and photographs.


• Transferring drawings onto cloth using tissue paper.

• Stitching drawings onto different surfaces, white/natural cotton,
   transparent fabric, paper, maps, newspaper etc.

• Experimenting with different thicknesses and colours of thread.


By the end of the day everyone should have a range of samples with different kinds of stitch drawing on different surfaces.


Day 3 focuses on the following:

• Demo of monoprinting using a gelli plates and printing session.

• Experiment with cut out shapes and natural materials as a resist.


• Demo of using Bondaweb to appliqué figure shapes onto a variety of surfaces.


By the end of the day students should have a range of printed and appliquéd samples.

Day 4

Today we will be going to Limoges to visit the big antiques market held once a month. Whilst there photograph people as they walk around the market and take photos of the local architecture and cars. Make drawings and take notes. Look for people, colour, shapes, objects….. When we get back to the studio we will have a photo printing session.


Day 5 focuses on the following:

Putting it all together. Developing ideas for each student to create their own final compositions. Putting together stitch, print and appliqué to create layered pieces which explore students own ideas. Students may wish to include figures, buildings and cars using the photos taken in Limoges for inspiration, mixing together the figurative and the surroundings.


Day 6 focuses on the following:

Developing ideas from the visit to Limoges. Students can create a new composition or fabric book.


This day can also be used to finish off work started previous days. Students may also wish to fill in any gaps in their sample collection. By the end of this week students could aim to have two completed pieces and a wide range of samples, along with lots of ideas to take further once they get home!


Day 7 is an outing to a local attraction of your choice! After lunch we will return to the studio and finish stitching!


Day 8 Today we will say our goodbyes and 'tie up any loose ends'. Most flights are later in the afternoon so the studio will be open for you to use all morning followed by lunch before you leave.



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