Textile Study Group

artists and tutors sharing ideas imagination and skills


Forthcoming exhibition touring details:

Tweeddale Gallery, Peebles (1st April – 5th August 2023)

The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber (16th September – 26th November 2023)    


The Textile Study Group will be 50 in 2023. For half a century, this group has been at the forefront of innovative making, teaching and textile art practice, and we are still going strong. We are celebrating this milestone, and our achievements, with a significant exhibition of  new and exciting work from our current membership. Making:50

Who are we?

In 1973, under the auspices of Constance Howard, the group was established to support tutors of embroidery. Since then, the group has evolved and grown in stature and is now one of the UK’s most prestigious and well recognised groups of textile artists and tutors.


celebrating innovative textile practice

Our anniversary exhibition will comprise of previously unseen works of differing topics, scales and dimensions. The ‘common denominator’ we are working towards is the ‘theme’ of 50 in some way, however tenuously (eg 50 units/fragments/spaces/words/stitches, 50 memories, 50 pages from a journal….. ). This is not a prescriptive ‘golden’ exhibition, nor will all completed works measure 50cms by 50cms; we are individually expressing ourselves in the way we choose, having a wide interpretation of what textiles and textile art mean to us all.

Although former members will have a chance to be represented, and there will be an archive element to our proposed show, Making:50 will very much be about looking forwards, rather than being a retrospective.

The exhibition Making 50 will include the following Textile Study Group members: Lois Blackburn, Bobby Britnell, Jenny Bullen, Sarah Burgess, Penny Burnfield, Jean Draper, Janet Edmonds, Jan Evans, Alice Fox, Sue Green, Kay Greenlees, Gwen Hedley, Ruth Issett, Jane McKeating, Sian Martin, Jan Miller, Sheila Mortlock, Amarjeet Nandhra, Mandy Pattullo, Polly Pollock, Shelley Rhodes, Mary Sleigh, Julia Triston, Dorothy Tucker and Ann Wheeler.