I have been sewing since I was very young – a long time now. My mother taught my sisters and me to sew, knit and crochet. I made clothes for myself, my dolls and later for my children and now for my granddaughter. When I married, I learned to make curtains, cushions, chair covers etc. Over the years I have enjoyed many forms of needlecraft including canvas work, embroidery and lace making. Around 1970 I started my first patchwork project – a grandmothers flower garden – still unfinished! More recently, from 1995, I have learned about patchwork and quilting from experts.
Since I retired from high school teaching 4 years ago I have studied for City and Guilds level 3 certificate and diploma. I have learned an enormous amount about techniques and materials. I have also learned a lot about my own capabilities and about my likes and dislikes.
I have a science background with special interests in plants, flowers and life at a microscopic level and these are a significant source of inspiration in my textile work. I also take inspiration from photographs that I have taken of my family and while travelling. Now that I have completed my studies I plan to continue designing and making all sorts of things for family, friends and for myself. I will also continue teaching all forms of sewing whenever the opportunity arises.