Like most people who sew I started stitching as a child, at home and at school. It was always useful things, clothes to wear using the latest fashion for inspiration to make a new outfit.
This progressed to children’s clothes especially my daughter’s dance costumes, the usual household items, and the biggest item being an extra room, complete with windows, for the family tent. The freehand textile and artistic side didn’t come to the fore until the early 90s.
When I retired in 2002 I started thinking about classes or workshops and visiting exhibitions, you can learn so much from going to exhibitions.
Part 1 City & Guilds Machine Embroidery and Design was my first course then the college I was attending stopped doing C&G and so I looked for textile groups and was invited to join Fen Edge textiles in 2006, unfortunately this group disbanded in August 2014, but during the eight years I was there we exhibited in many places, several National Trust Houses, local Museums and Galleries.
I am a member of Connected Textile Group which is only two years old, our first exhibition was at Coventry Cathedral but we have exhibited in several other places since.
The second group I am a member of is newly formed and called Quintessential and our first exhibition will be in 2017
My work is varied, I like all aspects of textile art and everything will have stitching on it either machine embroidery or hand embroidery and more often than not it will have both.
I am a member of King’s Lynn Embroiderers’ Guild. www.kingslynnembguild.wordpress.com
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