Fiona Daly is a textile designer maker, hand weaver, author and researcher. Her practice is craft and research led, focusing on sustainable textiles, circular design, weave and education. Her practice is concerned with local wool production, use of rare sheep breed wools and weave design.

Currently researching for MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art, UAL, London. (Sep 2019)Critical Research Paper - ‘What are the challenges and benefits of using wool of Northern European Short-Tailed sheep breeds in pursuit of a local, sustainable, circular supply chain?’

Alongside her design and research practice, Fiona has been teaching weaving courses for many years. Her experience includes designing courses for beginners and improvers; working with adults with learning disabilities, children and adult education.

Fiona is author of ‘Little Loom Weaving’ book, a comprehensive guide to frame loom weaving, which includes a brief history of weaving, useful tools and terminology, and a natural fibre and yarn index, step-by-step tutorials and five patterns for contemporary projects. Published in 2018, by Quarto Publishing (UK) and Princeton Architectural Press (US).

Training and Experience

2018 - 2019: MA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art, UAL, London
2013 - 2016: Studio Resident at Process Studios, Edinburgh
2013 - 2016: Weave tutor at Process Studios, Edinburgh
2014 - 2016: Weave Workshop Assistant at Garvald Edinburgh
2011: Handweaver and Studio Assistant at Ballytoughey Loom, Ireland
2005 - 2009: BDes(Hons) Textile Design and History of Art&Design, National College of Art & Design, Ireland


Bradford Textiles Society & British Wool Weave Award- Commendation, 2019

Clothworkers Award at Cockpit Arts - Shortlisted, 2019

European Wool Masterclass Bursary, Selected by Crafts Council of Ireland, funded by Leonardo programme. Rambouillet, France, April 2013 

ASF Shetland Weaver-in-Residence, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Yell, Shetland Islands, UK, 2012