I am a textile artist and teacher and love to stitch into soft vintage silks and linens. I spend a lot of my time searching out these in charity shops, jumble sales and car boot sales. Lots of my students know of my obsession and also bring me the most fantastic tray cloths and embroidered pieces. My love of dyeing with natural plants started as a child when I would squash berries into my clothes to make patterns. I specialise in using woad, the oldest blue plant dye in the world. It gives me a real thrill to use a plant that was grown so far back in time. When I am dyeing with woad I am part of history, walking with Robin Hood in his Lincoln Green or with Boudiccea and her warriors . The inspiration and colour palette from the Fenland environment in which I live provide constant stimuli for my textile creations whether I am dyeing or stitching. Walking my dogs allows me to get out on a daily basis and the wonderful camera phone enables me to capture this ever-changing landscape.
I love to share my studio space with others and run regular workshops there. The gentle hum of the sewing machines and a constant supply of tea and coffee means happy stitchers!
I enjoy travel and am more than happy to travel to groups, both here in the United Kingdom and around the world. This allows me to experience different environments which provide me with design ideas. As well as my workshops I am happy to come and give your group a talk to share my passion and enthusiasm.
I have had my work exhibited on a number of occasions including at Lincoln Cathedral, Sam Scorer Gallery, The Carre Gallery in Sleaford, Tranmer House in Sutton Hoo and the Yarrow Gallery in Oundle. I have had a number of articles on natural dyeing and stitched projects published in national craft magazines.
I am a qualified teacher, BEd(Hons) and adult tutor, I have a City and Guilds Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting. I enjoy being a member of the Quilters’ Guild and have held the position of National Young Quilters Officer. I love to share my ideas and enthusiasm with others. I have full public liability insurance, enhanced DBS checks and have undertaken Safeguarding Adults training.
Looking forward to meeting you soon.
Fenland Textile Studio
Unique Cottage Studios