Events and Exhibitions

New Book available to preorder

A creative and beautiful book packed with inspiring ideas to help you capture likenesses and explore personalities in stitch, from a well-loved textile artist.

Anne Kelly’s evocative and nostalgic work often incorporates portraits – of friends, family, historical figures and even pets. Within these pages she shares her approach to textile portraiture, bringing in a wealth of different embroidery techniques, including hand and machine embroidery, quilting and applique, torender in cloth the nuances of facial expressions and the personalities of her subjects. The book covers:

  • Selfies at Home: making the perfect self-portrait in cloth.
  • Representation and Culture: how portraits have been used in textile art for cultural expression around the world.
  • Stylised Imagery: going beyond the traditional portrait into abstraction.
  • Place and Time: creating a sense of place with portraiture, sometimes incorporating photographs.
  • Story and Text: how to create a fuller narrative by deeply personal ephemeral and related imagery.
  • Pet Projects: immortalising your pets in your textile work.

Beautifully illustrated with stunning examples of her own work and that of intriguing textile artists who specialise in portraiture from around the world, this is the ideal book for embroiderers and textile artists who want to introduce this often tricky subject area into their work.

Folk Fable Stitch Sampler with Loop London

I have designed a lovely new folk fable stitch sampler with Loop London. You can preorder the kit here. SOLD OUT

Garden Scroll for French General

I’m delighted to be working with French General again and have designed a garden scroll kit which you can stitch with me in LA on 18 November SOLD OUT and an aviary folk tote design (below) on 19 November.

Unit Twelve ‘Thirteen’

Thrilled to be selected as one of the invited makers for this exhibition at the lovely Unit Twelve near Stafford, from 11 May – 2 September 2023.

A Sense of Place, Heart Gallery, Hebden Bridge

I’m pleased to have been asked to be a part of this exhibition in Yorkshire, in July.

Stitch by Stitch Exhibition, Oswestry

I am pleased to be an invited artist at this exhibition in Oswestry, opening in July. It is from 1 July – 19 August, organised by Alison Holt and Suzette Smart.

Recent Exhibitions

Pour l’Amour du Fil

Delighted to have been an invited artist at ‘Pour l’Amour du Fil’ 2023 in Nantes.

Harley Gallery, Welbeck

Well Travelled’ at the Harley Gallery was on from January – March 2023, originally started at the Ruthin Craft Centre.

Delighted that ‘Undersea’ was selected for the Sussex Contemporary exhbition at the i360 in Brighton.


A New England Barn’ exhibition at Cowslip Workshops August 2022

video of ‘Travelled’ exhibition Timeless Textiles Gallery, August 2022
‘Stay at Home’ and passport cover

I am delighted to be a featured artist in a new book out now. ‘Unravelling Women’s Art’ was launched online via the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

I have an interview and work included in a wonderful new book by Anne Kempton of the fantastic Timeless Textiles Gallery in Australia, called ‘Finding your Thread’ – you can read about it and order it here.

part of ‘Well Travelled’ at Ruthin Craft Centre


I sell work through my website shop and in exhibitions online and in person. Contact me to arrange a studio visit.

UK – I have small pieces for sale at Loop London:

I have some kits and books for sale at Pincushion Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Abroad: Australia – represented by with works for sale through Timeless Textiles, Newcastle, NSW

Canada – works and books for sale through Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte, Ontario

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