Introduction to Stitched Textiles

This course will introduce you to line: drawing and mark-making and how it can be translated into textile art. Through a series of drawing exercises, we will explore the essence and character of line and how it can be translated into creative stitch. Working from our drawing or directly onto a range of surfaces you will experiment with hand- and machine-stitched marks resulting in a finished work.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • develop a personal language through building a sketchbook or visual journal which explores the creative potentials of line through drawing and its translation into stitch;
  • realise the creative potential of textiles and stitch through samples and experimentation, evolving an ambitious personal creative outcome;
  • select and edit a coherent a range of samples and finished works which demonstrate a creative and informed use of stitch and textiles techniques

Introduction to Stitched Textiles

Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
3 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Wed 19 - Fri 21 July, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Subject Area
Fiona R Hutchison
Room G.10, Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day
  • Introduction to Fine Art Textiles – mark-making through drawing/developing a sketchbook
  • Mark-making with stitch – exploring hand/machine sewing on a range of experimental grounds
  • Developing a finished work

Core Readings


Kovats, Tania, 2007. The Drawing Book: a survey of drawing: the primary means of expression. London: Black Dog Publishing

Koumis, Matthew, ed., Art Textiles of the World. Brighton: Telos Art (various books in series)

Kettle, A. and McKeating, J. 2010. Machine Stitch: Perspectives. London: A & C Black

Oei, Loan and de Kegal, Cecile, 2002. The Elements of Design: rediscovering colors, textures, forms, and shapes. New York: Thames and Hudson

Monem, N.K., ed., 2008. Contemporary Textiles:  the fabric of fine art.  London: Black Dog Publishing

Exhibition Catalogues

Miller, Lesley, 2008. Cloth and Culture (Salisbury Centre exhibition catalogue)



Class Handouts

Contemporary textile artist/materials suppliers

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • Some basic sewing equipment/threads/needles /scissors etc.
  • Sewing machines
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Heat tools
  • Selection of sewing machine needles
  • Bobbins (Janome/Bernena)

Essential materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

Art and Design Kit 

  • Hard backed sketch book/drawing paper
  • Some drawing materials, pencils, charcoal, pastels, inks,
  • Scissors /craft knife
  • Glue – Pritt stick, PVA
  • Brushes, sponges, spatulas, rollers, things to apply paint with
  • Small selection of Acrylic paints. optional

Basic Sewing Kit

  • Selection of needles (embroidery/general selection) and pins
  • Fabric Scissors and small embroidery scissors
  • A quick un pick (small sharp device for unpicking stitching)
  • Threads for hand and machine embroidery (black, white, grey with one or two colours)
  • Embroidery hoop – 22cm approx.
  • Some plane white/cream cotton fabrics, muslin, calico, and lawn. Approx. 50cm. fabrics can be recycled, shirts sheeting etc.
  • Bond-a-web.

The following materials may be useful later in the course:

  • Soluble Fabrics
  • Baking parchment/silicon paper
  • Fabrics scraps, buttons, ribbon and odds and ends found in your sewing box
  • Selection of papers

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.