I have always liked making things not necessarily textile. My grandmother taught my sister and I to knit and sew. I made a wooden spoon couple for my sons school fete when Prince Andrew and Sarah got married and won the prize, I was the only one who entered! I also worked in a playgroup for some years and it was my job to do the craft items with the children, which I loved.
When we moved to Blackburn, I bought a book on textiles and it opened my eyes to the possibilities. I enrolled on City and Guilds Creative Embroidery at Gawthorpe Hall for Part 1 and then went to Skipton for Part 2. I learned all sorts of techniques doing C&G but loved machine embroidery on the thicker cold water soluble fabric that you can draw on with a biro, and not use a hoop, magic! Stumpwork is also a favourite and I completed C&G at Eccles Farm with Karen Quickfall. I have been on several cloth doll courses with Ray Slater and Pattie Medaris Culea in my quest to find the perfect way to create a face.
My inspiration for the research for C&G was Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret McDonald. I loved her ladies and still use both as inspiration, going to Glasgow every year to see all the Mackintosh sites. Some of my work was featured in the book “Mackintosh Inspirations” by Dorothy Wood. I have been a member of the Embroiderers Guild for over 20 years. I’m also a member of the textile group One Step On to continue growing after C&G. I continue to attend workshops in order to continue to learn and also to enjoy the friendship it brings.