Frances Overy

Frances has her own website, (click here to visitwith more information and where her other work and activities can be viewed.

Frances is a contemporary textile artist who combines hand stitch with machine embroidery and mixed media, she uses traditional techniques in a modern, innovative manner attempting to combine this with unusual metal thread work and thread work techniques.  She takes inspiration from surroundings at home and away, historical artefacts and scientific discoveries & adventures. She studied “Textiles” with the Open College of the Arts and was awarded C&G level 2 in “embroidery” before being invited to join TOPstitch. She has exhibited independently, with the Embroiderers’ Guild and with TOPstitch. She has participated in “Open Studios”.

Her commercial work is held in private collections.

She is a keen textile sketchbook creator.

She is a member of TOPstitch, Threadheads, a small experimental textile art group and “The 76group” the Norwich Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild of which she is currently chairman.

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“Ivy stems on Oak Tree” 2014

This piece  was submitted for assessment as part of my C&G portfolio.  Made from hand dyed textiles, wool pre-felt, cotton scrim and silk fibres wound round wires later embellished with stitch









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Detail from Capturing Autumn

“Capturing Autumn” detail. 2015

Held in a private collection.  Stitched with silk and metallic threads using ribbed spider’s web and sorbello stitch.



Silver thread work on lid of hand stitched fabric covered box made in celebration of a Silver Wedding.


“Silver Wedding” 2017





“Felbrigg Gate House” 2015

In the style of Wendy Dolon.  Variously textured cotton fabrics were assembled, painted and stitched with Free Machine Embroidery.

Made for Embroiderers’ Guild exhibition at Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk.





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“Sea Horse” detail. 2016

Design inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard.








“Five”. 2016

Traditional Gold or English work.

Private collection








“Reading Hat” 2016

Dark green cotton velvet embellished with Viscose Tassel and satin ribbon hand embroidered in Casalguidi style.







“The Comet Landing” 2014

The first black and white pictures from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko inspired this mixed media piece.

Heat distorted painted Tyvek with hand stitching and beading.

Private collection





“Boteh in Red with Tassel”


Submitted to the 2016 Costume and Textile Association Exhibition  “Norwich Shawls.  Past Glory, Present Inspiration”
















These figures from 2019 were inspired by a visit to the permanent collection of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts (SCVA)

Needle felted wool background with hand embroidery and gold work.


Vetus Corvus

Vetus Corvus




“Old Crow”.  2019

Inspired by the bird figures of Elisabeth Frink.

Needle felted wool background with hand stitch.



Small embroideries 2019 – needle felted cotton backgrounds with hand stitch.


Woven backgrounds with hand stitch.




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“Cley Salt Marshes”  2016

Layered monoprinted textiles with hand stitching.


Hundertwasser trees for Travelling Books 1


“Homage to Hundertwasser”  2018

Viscose ribbon couched onto space dyed background.  Chenille “trees”.

Private collection






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