I live in Herefordshire near the ancient town of Ross-on-Wye which nestles close to the Royal Forest of Dean.  I love stitching in many of its forms as well as experiments with fabric paints, fabric pencils and wooden print blocks.  After retiring I learned how to use embroidery machines and enjoyed the wide variety of commercial embroidery designs before moving on to learn free-motion machine embroidery. Since then I’ve completed a Level 3 City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting course and recently finished a City & Guilds Level 3 Hand Embroidery course.

Just as I was moving to Ross-on-Wye the Embroiderers’ Guild were setting up a new local branch here and after volunteering to join the committee I became the Chair of the new branch. It started in October 2019 meeting regularly twice a month for workshops and a separate Meet & Stitch get-together. The group has now become an independent stitch group called Wye Valley Stitchers and due to lockdown meetings have been put on hold but we have been able to continue virtual meetings using Zoom and our initial membership of over 30 still remains.

My interests and favourite techniques continue to evolve. I always want to share what I learn and what I do.  I have an adult teaching certificate which I gained directly after my retirement. I enjoy passing on new skills and hope to encourage others to experiment and learn once we can all start mixing together again. I participated in the FarOpen Studios Art Trail last year and in that way started to forge some more new friendships. I’m a member again this year and looking forward to taking part in exhibitions as they arise.

This is a scene I created from strips of fabric cut to curved shapes and bonded to a background, then printed with wooden printing blocks. It was machine embroidered and then finished with some hand embroidery.

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