About Tracy A Franklin

Tracy is an established designer and hand embroiderer, promoting traditional and contemporary embroidery as an art form.

Based in Fowlers Yard as part of an artist community in Durham City, Tracy designs, stitches, makes, produces, sells, manages, teaches, promotes, conserves, restores, all kinds of stitched textiles and embroideries.

Originally from Durham, Tracy studied pattern cutting and garment construction at Jacob Kramer College in Leeds, now known as Leeds College of Art and Design. Having successfully completed the BTEC Diploma and being awarded the Burton Trophy award, Tracy went on to complete a Costume Making course at London College of Fashion, then continuing to work in the industry until 1991.

September 1991, Tracy enrolled onto the three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework, and then went onto coordinating and teaching the apprenticeship. She left the school in 2001 to start her own freelance business back in the Northeast concentrating on teaching, designing, and producing her own work, as well as working on her own publications.

In 2003, Tracy moved into premises in 3 Fowlers Yard, Back Silver Street, Durham City an artist's community. Within her workspace, Tracy teaches workshops, classes and courses, works on commission work and preparation for various works as well as being open to the public as a tourist attraction and sells specialist threads and materials for embroidery.

By 2006, Tracy and Julia Triston formed STITCHBUSINESS, an independent stitch school designed to offer a range of creative courses in design and art textiles, teaching City & Guilds courses levels 1-3 and bespoke specialist masterclasses.

Then in 2007, Tracy became Head Broderer to an already established group, at Durham Cathedral, a position she feels very privileged to have. Durham Cathedral is the greatest Norman building in England, perhaps even in Europe and together with the Castle, is one of Britain's first World Heritage Sites.

Curriculum Vitea

Curriculum Vitea

A professional and highly skilled experienced embroiderer, tutor, with skills in art and design, pattern cutting both theatrical and fashion based, course co-ordinator, and self employed business woman.

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Artist Statement

Artist Statement

The work I generate I would express as refined, sophisticated, stylish, urban, contemporary, yet traditional, spontaneous, subjective and observant. I create with a desire to explore and satisfy my artistic needs, and to present and promote embroidered fine art.

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Interview with Tracy

Interview with Tracy

Read an interview with Tracy about how she began and what inspires her.

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  • One of the best teachers I've ever had Tracy gives clear, concise instructions. One of the best decisions I've made to join these classes. More Testimonials >

    Marie, RSN Certificate Course

  • Embarking on the City & Guilds course for me was a "now or never" opportunity which resulted in two years of inspirational learning and rewarding completion of the Design and Stitched Textiles course. More Testimonials >

    Judith, Level 3 City & Guilds

  • Seriously we are very lucky to have such a specialised and highly skilled professional embroiderer in Durham City and my view is we should take advantage of what Tracy can offer us. More Testimonials >

    Cheryl, RSN Certificate Course, LEVEL 3 City & Guilds and Durham Cathedral Broderer

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