I am thrilled to take over Summer School from 2023. I attended my first class back in 2016 and can’t quite believe I will now be organising this fabulous event.
I have felt passionate about needlecrafts almost all my life and that has formed the basis of my career as a craft journalist. I have edited Needlecraft and Needlework magazines amongst others and it was quite by accident that I came to ask Summer School founder Lynne if she would like some help. It has been a privilege to be part of the team for the past few years. I have loved the buzz and creativity of the whole fortnight.
Lynne has developed something very special, and I am very pleased she has agreed to by my Creative Consultant. Her magic touch is at the heart of Summer School!
Please get in touch if you have any thoughts or questions about Bath Textile Summer School.
Founder & Creative Consultant
The idea for the Summer School was born in 2012 when I invited embroiderers Nikki Delport-Weppener and Lesley Turpin-Delport down to my workshop to take a small class in stumpwork. We chatted about how sad it was that Urchfont was closing, where I had enjoyed classes with Jane Rowe years ago. They told us about Koala conventions in Australia where many tutors teach an amazing number of classes over a week or so. This got me thinking… and here we are for our 10th summer of workshops in the city of Bath.
With textile workshops in full swing, I turned to my other passion to create the Bath Painting Summer School. It's been a privilege to bring the very best art tutors to this historic city too.
Michael, my husband, and I have been making artist dolls in Bath for over 40 years) – we still do but I am trying also to spend more time on my own artwork, both painting and textile.