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I am Alison Holt, a UK contemporary textile artist specialising in freehand machine embroidery.

I offer a range of textile courses, workshops, demonstrations and lectures.

I teach my courses in the UK and Australia.

I studied Fine Art and Embroidery (a BA Hons degree) at Goldsmiths College, London.

I use a basic Bernina sewing machine and just 2 stitches, straight stitch and zig-zag to make my art work.

My embroidered pictures include landscapes, seascapes, flowers and garden scenes, influenced by the Shropshire Wales border near Oswestry where I live and my travels.

I have written 5 books on my style of threadpainting and I have made an educational DVD, Creative Machine Embroidery, all available on my 'place an order' page on this website

I work to commission and regularly exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show and other exhibitions in the UK, France and Australia.