Local textile designer Jo Hill to open studio doors this autumn

Staffordshire textile designer Jo Hill will be opening her home and studio for her very first Open Studio event this November. Jo, who is originally from Stone and now lives in Whitgreave, has been running her business for the past ten years and makes original handmade textiles, homewares and gifts.

The open house event takes place on Saturday 10th November from 11am – 4pm. Jo will be doing a series of stitching demonstrations throughout the day in her custom built studio and will also have a wide range of unique items for sale.

Jo, founder and partner at Jo Hill Textiles says,

“I am looking forward to showing visitors round my garden studio where I teach a wide range of sewing workshops on a regular basis. Why not join me for a workshop in 2019 and learn to draw with your sewing machine! The open studio event is also the perfect opportunity to browse and buy from my new range of homewares, many with one-off discounts and special offers only available on the day.”

Jo launched her brand new range of homewares at Harrogate Buyers’ Festival this July, bringing out a range of exclusive designs, all inspired by British wildlife and manufactured in Britain.

Jo says,

 “It was a fantastic experience exhibiting at Home and Gift this summer. I’m pleased to be stocked in many lovely shops and galleries across the UK. Luxuriously soft velvet cushions and lampshades are new for autumn 2018, as well as a unique collection of kitchenware, lanterns, cosmetic bags and mugs featuring my original designs. ”

Jo’s designs include March Hare, Bullfinches and Cannock Chase, inspired by the hidden beauty of nature in the local area and created by Jo on her sewing machine. She uses a technique known as free motion embroidery, ‘drawing’ with the sewing machine and adding hand-dyed fabric to complete the piece and bring it to life.

Jo says,

“I am proud to say that all of my homewares are made in Great Britain. I am determined to showcase British quality for the complete range, and have sourced manufacturers ranging from fabric printers in Staffordshire, to placemat makers in Peterborough, and of course mug makers in Stoke-on-Trent!”

Refreshments will be provided and the event is also supporting Women’s Aid, with a portion of profits going to the charity.

Jo’s address is: Pine Ridge, Whitgreave Lane, Whitgreave, Staffordshire, ST18 9SP. Her house is the fourth on the right after the church (also on the right). Parking is available on the drive and at the farm opposite.

For more information, please visit www.johilltextiles.co.uk or telephone 01785 247754.