Stitch-School was co-founded in 2017 by Melanie Bowles and Aimee Betts whose aim is to provide professional and inspirational guidance to reconnect to the benefits of embroidery through embroidery kits, workshops and community events around the large communal table embroidery called The Supper Cloth.
Stitch-School's beautifully designed contemporary embroidery kits inspire the study of embroidery stitches with a playful approach for all ages to enjoy the art of needlework. Each letter of the alphabet has its own individual embroidery technique ready to practice. The alphabet is printed onto a linen sampler and accompanied with an instruction book illustrating each stitch.
Stitch-School runs regular workshops teaching the skills of embroidery based around the Stitch-School embroidery kits, providing inspiration and skills fostering sharing textile narratives to build communities. Their clients include Facebook, Timeout, Ray Stitch, The Forge Bristol, Stag and Bow and Ditchling Museum of Arts and Crafts.
They also facilitate exciting community events around their large communal embroidery table called The Supper Cloth which brings people together through stitching and slow conversation to co-create a community art piece. Their projects include Barbican Centre Make! Season of contemporary crafts, Somerset House, Brixton Design Trail at Squires Partners, Brixton Library funded by Cultural Seed funding, Peckham Festival, Time Out and Facebook Analog Research Lab providing meaningful environments for people to gather, share and learn embroidery and celebrating the art of needlework. Each Supper Cloth is themed to the event and environment.