Established in late 2001, Textiles2dye4 was founded by Shirley Jones after she returned to the UK from living overseas.

With a fashion degree from Newcastle, a PGCE teaching qualification and various certified textile qualifications, Shirley is a bit of a whizz when it comes to all things design and textiles. She set up Textiles2dye4 from a unit in Terry Dicken Industrial Estate in Stokesley, where she designed and made silk wedding dresses, ran numerous classes and spent a lot of her time painting, stitching and embroidering textiles.

In 2007, The Jones family moved down from the North East to Tring, Hertfordshire, where she took a position running the textiles department at Tring Park School for Performing Arts.

Now based in a small studio in Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire, Shirley admits to a passion for working with silk. Her first love is still designing and making silk wedding dresses, but she enjoys silk painting and experimenting with all kinds of fabric and threads for various textile techniques.

Her small studio is a place for Shirley to further her experiments with textiles and continue to develop Textiles2dye4. A light and bright space, it is an ideal place for her creative experiments inspired by colour, textures and pattern from the garden and the surrounding countryside.