I offer the opportunity for pupils of all ages to collaborate with a professional textile artist in designing wall hangings for their school.  The service operates as follows:

    I shall visit the school and spend roughly 30 minutes with each class. During this session I shall talk about the development of art textiles from the necessities of prolonging the life of cloth in centuries before mechanisation (layering worn fabric, patchwork, patching holes etc) through to current times when new fabric is bought purely to cut up and sew back together for decorative effect.  The children will be able to handle samples of these techniques.  I shall then go on to show some of my own exhibition work, all with child-friendly subject matter, and finish by showing an example of the technique I shall use for their school hangings.  This will include a part-made sample for them to examine and handle in order to understand the construction process.  Questions are welcome!

    Without me, the class will choose a theme and produce images to help me design the hanging.  These images will then be posted or scanned and emailed to me.

    I shall design and make the wall hangings using inspiration from the children’s images but not copying them.  Please note that while I shall strive to incorporate details of the children’s work as much as possible, my focus will be on producing a wall hanging that is true to the set theme and is attractive in design terms.  The hangings will be made using bonded appliqué techniques and free-machine quilting, with a decorated top layer, central wadding for weight and stability, and a cotton backing.  The edges will be bound, and each hanging will be fitted with either a batten sleeve or Velcro for hanging as the school sees fit; I can give advice on these hanging methods if required.

    When the hanging or hangings are finished, I shall return to the school to deliver them and, if further hangings are required, meet the next classes.


£300 per wall hanging, rectangular or square, up to 0.5 square metre in area
£400 per wall hanging, rectangular or square, up to one square metre in area

This fee is inclusive of time spent in school and all materials.  No charge is made for travel within 50 miles’ driving radius from NE48 2SB, provided, if more than one hanging is required, then several classes are met on the same day – I suggest three to five per visit.


Textile Hangings for Schools