I live in Herefordshire near the ancient town of Ross-on-Wye and nestling 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. Since retiring I have learned how to use embroidery machines and enjoyed the wide variety of commercial embroidery designs before moving on to learn free-motion machine embroidery. I’ve completed a distance learning, Level 3 City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting course. Now I’m in the final stages of another City & Guilds Level 3 Hand Embroidery course, also completed on-line with the School of Stitched Textiles.
Just as I moved to Ross-on-Wye the Embroiderers’ Guild were setting up a new local branch 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. Since lockdown began in March 2020 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 hope to be a part of Open Studios in this locality next year and in that way start to forge some more new friendships
This is a scene created from strips of fabric cut to curved shapes and bonded to a background, then printed with wooden printing blocks, machine embroidered and finally adding embroidery finishing touches.