Biography

Angela Dewar is an experienced embroiderer, designer and teacher, working in a wide range of techniques, specialising in machine embroidery. She usually works to commission. In 2008 she was commissioned by the University of Kent to make a large wall hanging for the Senior Common Room at Keynes College.

Examples of her ecclesiastical designs are in churches of all denominations throughout the UK, including major pieces for Truro Cathedral and Salisbury Methodist Church.

In 2002 she designed and made a cope for the Dean & Chapter of Westminster Abbey, to be worn by the Rector of St. Margaret’s Church. In the same year she made a set of 12 seasonal hangings for Rivercourt Methodist Church in Hammersmith. In 2003 she made further vestments for Truro.

Other clients include Liberty of Regent Street, for whom she designed an exclusive collection of embroidered waistcoats.

Private collections include the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

Following a teaching career in Adult Education she now works freelance, specialising in textile workshops for young people as well as adults.

Awards & Sponsorships

Pfaff UK Ltd 1992/3 and 1999/2000
Design prize for Truro Cathedral festal frontal 1991
Coats Travel Bursary 1987

Publications

These include:
The New Church Kneeler Book, Search Press, 1997
How to Design & Make Banners, Search Press, 1992
Making Embroidered Bags & Purses, Cassell, 1991
Embroidery for Fashion, Batsford, 1985

Residencies

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council 1999/2000
Sussex Road Primary School 2000, 2001 and 2002
The National Trust at Bodiam Castle 2001 and as Costume Designer2003/4
Artist in Residence at Bodiam Castle, Kent

Teaching

Adult Education classes throughout the South East of England
The Royal School of Needlework
The Embroiderers’ Guild
The University of Kent, with the National Trust
The National Federation of Womens’ Institutes
Private groups

Member of:

The Embroiderers’ Guild
The Society of Designer Craftsmen (former council member)
Former trustee of the Methodist Collection of Modern Christian Art
ACE (Art & Christian Enquiry)