As a child at school I did a little stitching, including the obligatory cross stitch apron, a few puppets and a few cushions. Taking needlecraft further was not really an option at my school, so my experience of embroidery at that time, was quite limited. Later my grandmother taught me to knit, and I took a few courses on dress making and soft furnishings. A year or two later a friend got me back into stitching and I couldn’t get enough. I wanted to soak up anything to do with needle and thread, I had to try everything. I booked myself on workshops to learn or would follow books on how to do things.
Later as a member of my local Embroiderers Guild, I became aware of City and Guilds courses; particularly Embroidery, I decided that it was something I would really like to do in the future. So a couple of years later I was fortunate enough to be able to enrol on the course at Missenden Abbey, studying at both Certificate and Diploma level for 6 years with Janet Edmonds.
I use both machine and hand stitch in my work, but my real love is to stitch by hand. I enjoy making 'one-off' bespoke pieces for myself, family and friends. I am very inspired by pattern, and am always photographing the strangest things as inspiration for future projects. I have exhibited my work at various exhibitions with my local Embroiderers Guild, at textile exhibitions in High Wycombe Museum, and also with a stitching group I belong to at Worthing Museum and in Milton Keynes, I have also taken a few small workshops.