Many textile artists date their interest in textiles to childhood: I watched my mother dressmaking and embroidering, and followed for myself and then my children. Retirement has at last allowed time to embroider. Following my mother, I was initially interested in traditional work, blackwork and goldwork in particular, but then I discovered free machining.
I joined the Embroiderers’ Guild, and have a City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Stitched Textiles, which introduced me to many modern aspects of embroidery. I am also a founder-member of Zeronine Textile Artists.
My present interest is mainly free machining, sometimes with additional hand stitching. I work on silk and also on fine paper, and sometimes recycled fabrics. I like strong colours and abstract shapes, and I use metal shim, wire and a variety of threads. I also use the machine needle as a form of pen and ink, especially for landscapes and architectural scenes.
I give talks on various aspects of embroidery and run workshops and demonstrations, mostly related to machine embroidery.