I have always been into Art. As a child I always had a pencil in my hand. I ended up teaching it and have not yet retired. Both my Grandmother and Mother sewed, not necessarily for pleasure but out of need, as it was in those post war days. I always remember being shown a baby-christening gown my grandmother had made when she was at school, she left at 12. Being amazed at the workmanship in the tucks and gathers of the fine lawn cotton I wondered if I would ever have the skill and patience to make something like that.
At primary school I was encouraged to sew and by the time I went to secondary school had already made a cross stitched belt, an embroidered bag in which to keep my sewing and a pieced apron. All using stitches I never remember the names of. I continued to make my own clothes through my student days and beyond but stopped as work and children took my time.
I joined Ribble Creative Stitchers over 10 years ago and have enjoyed the many and various textile workshops I have attended with my ancient sewing machine. I have been described as a sponge, soaking up as many different techniques and skills as I can and rarely finishing anything, but thoroughly enjoying it all. If I were to favour any particular way of working it would be drawing with machine stitching over appliqué on fabric I have coloured myself.