I come from a family of sheep farmers and weavers, with a court dress maker in the mix too, so I feel I have fibres in my blood stream. Mum and Dad met in a textile mill, so there you go it was inevitable! My wonderful Granny Mary taught me to stitch at an early age, along with reading and writing and the joy of a button tin. I have been making since I was very little.
After a degree in Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University I began to teach, which I loved, but needle and threads were calling and just over 6 years ago I decided to make full time.
I'm inspired by the natural world, especially butterflies and moths. I combine appliqué, machine embroidery, hand beading and needle felting to create my 'hatchlings'. My favourite materials are silk and wonderful Liberty of London prints.
I am so lucky to spend my time doing something I love, for me a day without stitching is a poorer one.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.