Sue Nicholls

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I am an artist and maker based in Buntingford, in rural East Hertfordshire. I work from my home studio at the bottom of my garden and enjoy creating fine art textile pieces, wall hangings, home decorations and decorative accessories. I use a number of different techniques including hand and machine embroidery, printing techniques, ceramics and photography. I combine them to produce colourful and quirky pieces. I originally trained as a musician, gaining a BA (Hons) in Music at Bretton Hall College (near Leeds), and went on to work for BBC Radio 3 for a number of years in various departments. I then freelanced in the graphic design industry for a few years. 

I have always, for as long as I can remember, enjoyed making things. Early visits to see my Gran involved learning to knit, ironing-on blue embroidery transfers onto fabric and sewing them in thread and having a go on her old hand-operated Singer sewing machine. I have attended various short courses over the years in machine embroidery, wet felt making landscape photography, ceramics but more importantly, I love experimenting on my own with a room full of  'bits' and a head full of ideas armed with a technical knowledge gleaned from books and the internet and hours of practice. My work is inspired mainly by nature the shapes and forms found all around; in the plants in my garden, a walk in the countryside, a trip abroad, the affects of different kinds of weather on the landscape. I tend not to work with direct references, but instead use the memories and emotions associated with the patterns, colours and textures. I also teach Machine Embroidery and Mixed Media Workshops from my studio in Buntingford covering a number of techniques (for details see my Workshops page). 

Purchasing/Commissioning my Work
I have a growing collection of work in my Online Store. I also sell my work through Galleries, online (Etsy), local Fairs and Exhibitions. I enjoy working to commission – making something completely new, or something from my existing portfolio. You can always contact me to arrange an appointment to visit me in my studio. 

For more details of events that I will be attending, see my Upcoming Events page. If you would like to discuss a commission or would like more information on any aspect of my work, please use the form on the Contact page to get in touch.

I am pleased to announce that I have recently been accepted as a member of the new Society for Embroidered Work (SEW) and have been selected to take part in their first Members’ Exhibition in London in November 2019. See my Events page for further details.

Member of Society for Embroidered Work

Member of Society for Embroidered Work


Exhibitions & Events

November 2019 Society for Embroidered Work Selling Exhibition
The Clerkenwell Gallery, London

August 2019 Collected, Captured, Cast Selling Exhibition
Gunby Hall (National Trust), Spilsby, Lincolnshire

March 2019 Contemporary Textiles Fair
Teddington, London

Nov - Dec 2018 ‘Winter Collection’ Selling Exhibition,
Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville

Sept 2018 - June 2019  Red Dot Mini Print Touring Exhibition (various venues see Upcoming Events page for details

2018  June-August Happenstance Printmakers Exhibition,
Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow

2018 March Contemporary Textiles Fair,
Teddington, London

2017 September Herts Open Studios
(at my studio in Buntingford)

2017 February Art Sale at Returned to Glory,

2016 December Christmas Selling Exhibition
Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow

2016 September Hertfordshire Open Studios Exhibition
Mudlarks Café, Hertford

2016 July/September 'Summer' Exhibition
Obsidian Gallery, Stoke Mandeville  

2016 March/April 'Words' Exhibition
Obsidian Gallery, Stoke Mandeville

2015 September Hertfordshire Open Studios

2015 June Discovery Exhibition
Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted

2014 September Hertfordshire Open Studios 

2012  Studio One Group Exhibition 'Washed Up & Washed Out' Thaxted Guildhall

2011  Sewing for Pleasure Exhibition Group Exhibit with Studio One, NEC Birmingham

2010 Studio One Group Exhibition 'A Shore Thing',
Thaxted Guildhall