Alison Holt working in Freehand Machine Embroidery and Silk Painting

Alison Holt is a textile artist, specialising in freehand machine embroidery and silk painting. Born in Oswestry, she completed a Foundation Course at Shrewsbury School of Art in 1976 and went on to study Fine Art Textiles and Embroidery at Goldsmiths College, London qualifying in 1979. In the same year Alison was invited to exhibit in Texprint `79 as one of the years 30 most promising graduates in the country.
Returning to Shropshire Alison taught at Wrexham College of Art for three years before starting her own studio near Chester in 1982. She works to commission and exhibits her embroideries in UK at the Chelsea Flower Show and other venues and in France, Australia and the United States. Alison combines teaching with writing and creating embroideries. She has been based in Oswestry since 2000
Alison is influenced by the countryside and the changing seasons. Exploring landscapes, woodlands, gardens and more recently seascapes and skies, capturing moments in time in paint and stitch. Alison has written five books on machine embroidery and has made a DVD of her embroidery and silk painting techniques, all are available through her website. For information on exhibitions and courses with Alison visit

In 2011 she was accepted as a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and won the Presidents Award in 2012.

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