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.

A scene created for demonstrating block printing, free machine embroidery and hand embroidery.

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  1. Just to let you know that http://www.natureinart.org.uk has an special exhibition by the
    Goldwork Guild. This rarely seen work in gold, silver and metal thread embroidery to dazzle and delight, embracing nature in all it’s forms. All pieces made by Guild members and at least one of whom will be demonstrating this ancient craft daily within the exhibition. No extra cost to normal entrance fees. August 16th to September 4th 2022. Sent by Nature in Art Volunteer Marie Paginton.

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