Robertta Mcpherson


Robertta’s childhood fascination with fabrics and stitching evolved, from making dolls clothes and dressmaking, into a passion for hand embroidery.

On-site sketching and photography are employed as a starting point to interpret nature and man-made materials.  Then Robertta uses needle and thread, layers of sheer fabrics, paint and paper, to ‘draw and paint’ her finished pieces. Experimenting with stitch, the excitement of colour and texture are important elements of her work.

A constant source of inspiration, for her work, is the beauty and variety found in the natural world. The exploration of architectural and still life themes brought new challenges.   Recent work has again featured nature.  The use of different materials, machine embroidery and print has given added stimulus and direction to the development of Robertta’s work.


2001 … Embroiderers’ Guild Development Scheme
1995/6 … City & Guilds 730/NVQ – Stages 1 & 2: Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate
1972 … City & Guilds Embroidery Part 2 (Distinction)
1969 … City & Guilds Embroidery Part 1 (Highly Commended)
1967 … Royal School of Needlework, Intermediate Grade


Embroiderers’ Guild
Phoenix Contemporary Textile Group (PCTG)


2017 : ‘Collections – A Box of Treasures’, PCTG– The Fountain Gallery, East Molesey
2016 : ‘Strata, A Stitched Excavation’, PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton on Thames
2014 … ‘Threads of Conversation ‘ PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2012 ‘Between Cloth and a Hard Place’, 4 x 4 – Menier Gallery, London / Knitting & Stitching Show, London
2011 … ‘Old World, New Eyes’ PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2010 … ‘Alton Estate Project’, PCTG – Bank Gallery, Chobham, Surrey
2009 … Opening Exhibition – Bank Gallery, Chobham, Surrey
2009 … ‘Concrete, Steel, Cloth’, PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2005/8 … ‘4 x 4’ – Menier Gallery, London
2007 … ‘Women by Women’, PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Embroiderers’ Guild Exhibitions – Commonwealth Institute, London and Collins Gallery, Glasgow

Previously exhibited with the Embroiderers’ Guild – Isleworth Branch and former branches of London and Ealing.