About Me

Exhibitor at Spring Knitting and Stitching show 2015, London Olympia

I am Charlotte Bailey of ‘Hanging By A Thread’, a  freelance hand-embroidery artist specialising in the intricate, the fiddly, the figurative and the fantastic.

After a foundation course at London College of Fashion, I graduated in Hand Embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework. During my time spent studying on the degree course, I successfully learnt to combine traditional technique with my own unique approach to subject matter. This approach remains very fundamental to my own embroidery practice – maintaining an exceptionally high quality of technical execution and integrating my stitching skill into any work I produce.

In 2011, I was priviledged to be a part of the team to work on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress in the Royal School of Needlework’s studio. I also worked for a period of time at London-based embroidery Ateliers Hand and Lock, during which I worked on several major projects for clients including Louis Vuitton. I also participated a major role in Mary Katrantzou’s spring 2014 London Fashion Week collecton.

I am currently mid-way though a Masters Degree in Textiles at the University of Hertfordshire. Alongside this, I have worked on a number of freelance collaborations alongside my personal practice. With my penchant for small-scale, intricate embroidery, I am currently exploring the historical goldwork technique of ‘or nue’ in considerable depth. Typography, lettering and logos all play a major part of my inspirational process.

I live in the beautiful and bohemian city of Brighton on the south coast of England and when I’m not running around following my favourite band, can be found engrossed in my studio doing what I love best – being an embroidery artist!

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, 2011



  1. […] intriguing and provocative are these altered candy bar wrappers by embroidery artist Charlotte Bailey of Hanging by a […]

  2. Paula, Canada · · Reply

    Your Or Nue is just fantastic. I, too, learnt it at the RSN but you’ve taken it to a new level. Bravo!

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