Talking about me...
(not my favourite pastime)
I've been faffing about with fabric for as long as I remember. Grandma and Grandad were always making something out of nothing, and my Mum and I loved getting the new edition of Golden Hands magazine each month. I loved all the techniques and remember making a smocked dress for the little girl I babysat for in the seventies.
I made clothes for dolls from Mum's dressmaking offcuts, then things for myself. Learning sewing all through school, I made stage costumes and endless copies of high street fashion for myself. A length of fabric bought on a Saturday morning - quickly run up in the afternoon to wear out in the evening.
I qualified and worked as a cartographer and geologist - but always spent spare time making clothes, eventually setting up a bespoke dressmaking business.
After some amazing years as a full time mum - I enrolled in a City & Guilds Embroidery course and haven't looked back! By the time of my Diploma Show, I had completed my Post Compulsory Education Certificate and was teaching the beginners' class at the same college. After 7 years teaching there, I set up my own studio on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border and set about teaching City & Guilds courses and day workshops. I've spent 12 years in the company of some fabulously creative people - and made some great friends.
But now it's time for another adventure.....