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.
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. I participated in the FarOpen Studios Art Trails this year and last.
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. A variety of techniques to create a scene from fabric and thread.