About Sue Lancaster
I draw, paint, dye, print, hand stitch, machine embroider; make textile artworks, accessories and soft furnishings. I teach workshops and courses at my studio.
I am a rare animal these days - I have a BA Honours Degree in Embroidery. In the 40 years since graduating I have collected further qualifications, such as PGCE in Art and in 2013 I was awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
My work has changed considerably in those years but I always involve stitch. I use many other textile processes as well; dyeing, printing and staining the fabrics that I stitch into by hand or machine.
I have recently become the owner of an ‘Irish’ machine, which is an industrial embroidery machine on which I can free draw with a zigzag stitch that is twice as wide as a normal domestic machine – very exciting!
Also I have recently extended my studio space to cover 3 rooms so have more space to run workshops and develop courses in art, design and textile techniques.
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About Stitched up and Fleeced
Stitched Up and Fleeced was set up as studio dedicated to designing and creating textiles in 2005. It was originally one room for Sue Lancaster to create her own work in and sometimes teach workshops on textile techniques. But since then things have developed....
City & Guilds courses have been taught at Stitched Up and Fleeced since 2008, originally in Embroidery with the addition of Fashion wear, Felt making and Textile Decoration the following year. Many students have gone on to study through to Diploma level and are now creating work to exhibit and sell as well as teach workshops themselves. These courses are now being replaced with Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced course devised my Sue and her team, maintaining the high quality of learning that can be achieved at the studio.
The studio now occupies 3 rooms on the upper floor of 49 Nethergreen Road, which is actually a yard with garages below and work spaces above. Facilities include a large classroom which is well equipped with sewing machines, needle felting machines and equipment for design development, a central room for dyeing and printing equipment, and a third room which serves as Sue's own workroom and smaller classroom.
If you visit Stitched Up and Fleeced for a workshop or event you will need to enter via a stone staircase which unfortunately cannot be changed for disabled access. You will, however, always receive a warm welcome!