Designer, Embroiderer, Tutor and Author

Jessica teaches embroidery, designs and makes new pieces, restores and conserves antique textiles, writes articles for publications and gives talks and presentations. She is the co-author of Adventures in Needlework which was published by the Guild of Master Craftsman Publications (GMC) in 2011.

Jessica has worked on many public and private commissions, most notably she was a member of the team who created the embroidery for the wedding dress and veil for the Duchess of Cambridge. She has also demonstrated embroidery to HRH Her Majesty The Queen.

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2017- present- Project Coordinator at Purple Patch Arts, UK

2016- Wardrobe Manager at PEEL Entertainment, UK

2012 to 2015- Creative Manager/ Embroidery Teacher at Craft Land, Dubai

2008 to 2012- Education Coordinator/ Student Support Officer at the Royal School of Needlework, UK

2005 to 2008- Assistant in Production Costume at the Royal Opera House, UK


2017- Antique garment restoration for History Wardrobe, UK

2016- present- Freelance teacher and studio worker at the Royal School of Needlework, UK

2015- Embroiderer for the autumn/winter 2015/16 collection for House of Hashe, Dubai

2014 to 2015- Embroidery Expert for Mastered, global

2012 to 2015- Tutor at reMADE DXB, Dubai

2012- Author of the Stitch Manual for Fine Cell Work, UK

2012- Embroidery production for The Partners design agency, UK

2012- Project Manager of upcycling workshops and sewing school for Vintage by Hemingway, UK

2008- Needlework consultant and hand double for Bright Star, a feature film about John Keats, directed by Jane Campion and released in November 2009


2014- Quilt & Stitch Art at Town Centre Mall, Dubai

2013- Quilt & Stitch Art at Town Centre Mall, Dubai

2012- L'Aiguille en Fete, Paris, France

2012- Handwerkbeurs, Zwolle, The Netherlands

2011- Love Stitch, Downend Folk House, Bristol, UK

2009- Knitting & Stitching Show, London and Harrogate, UK

2004- Knitting & Stitching Show, London, UK

2003- RSN Reflections, Leighton House, London, UK


April 2016- Bustle & Sew Magazine- Meet the Maker, UK

April 2016- Simply Sewing Magazine- Add Some Dazzle, UK

June 2014- Good Taste Magazine- 5 Minutes with Jessica Aldred, Dubai

June 2014- Good Magazine- Awarded the title of Home Grown Hero, Dubai

May 2014- Sewing World- Meet the Designer, UK 

February 2014- Good Housekeeping Middle East- Secrets of the Quirky Girl, Dubai

February 2014- Good Magazine- Valentine's Day Project, Dubai

November 2013- Open Skies (Emirates in-flight magazine)- Dubai Obsessions, global

August 2013- Good Magazine- About Cool Crafting, Dubai

October 2012- Dubai Echo Online- Expat Interview, Dubai

November 2011- Cross Stitch Collection- Fit for Royalty, UK

May 2011- Sew Magazine- How to Cross Stitch, UK

July 2011- Cross Stitcher Magazine- An Interview with Jessica Aldred, UK


2009- 2012- Volunteer Tutor for Fine Cell Work at Wandsworth Prison

Jessica is featured in the documentary Stitched Stories in her role as tutor for FCW


2011- Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills, Kingston College

2001 to 2004- Diploma in Embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework

2004- City & Guilds Certificate in Delivering Learning

1999- 'A' Levels in Art, English Literature and Theatre Studies

1997- 10 GCSE's (grades A-C)


2014- Haute Couture Embroidery with Elisabeth Roulleau

2007- Costume Design for Theatre and Screen from Central St Martin's

2006- Introduction to Period Costume Design from the London College of Fashion

2005- Introduction to Textiles from the London College of Fashion


2012- Embroidery produced for The Partners design agency won a number of awards which include;

- 'In book' at the Design & Art Directive, UK

- Marketing Design Award for best design use, UK

- Mobius Award, USA


Since 2004 Jessica has carried out many other private commissions, as well as teaching in the UK, USA and UAE.