I have been interested in textiles since I was a child, threading needles for my Aunty Blod, who was an avid quilter! Needlework is in my blood - my grandmother was a milliner and my Mum stitched all her life up to the age of 97. Her interest was in more formal stitching but she appreciated new approaches.
I studied needlework at Barry Training College and whilst teaching at primary school for a number of years kept up my interest in embroidery as more of a hobby. I taught craft evening classes at the local college which covered topics such as copperwork, basketry, etc.
About twenty years ago I joined the Embroiderer's Guild and was introduced to free machine embroidery. After my first workshop, I sang all the way home!! I knew this was for me!
My interest in all aspects of textiles was further developed whilst studying City and Guilds Embroidery Parts 1 and 2, and after deciding on a career change I spent nine years teaching embroidery in the community. This included City and Guilds Textiles to diploma level. In 2006 I was awarded NIACE Inspirational Tutor of the Year award.
I have taught workshops in many parts of the country and in Spain, given talks to a variety of groups and run textile skill days for A/S and A level students.
I am particularly interested in 3D forms and textural surfaces, interpreting photographs and drawings into stitch. These ideas I develop by using recycled and found materials - fruit nets and plastic bags are good fun to use! My intention is to develop workshops where everyone will learn new skills but most of all enjoy the experience of creating and stitching.