About Me

I live on top of a hill in the beautiful Allendale Valley in Northumberland, UK with my two daughters and our animals.  Originally trained as a lawyer, I discovered the wonderful world of textile art when my children were young and went on to study embroidery, quilting and textiles gaining my City & Guilds Diploma and qualifying as an Adult Tutor.

I have nearly 20 years experience of teaching and lecturing to a wide variety of groups including delivering City & Guilds Creative Embroidery.  I love to introduce  my learners to  new and traditional techniques and to see  their excitement  and enjoyment at what they create.   I like to challenge my students to design their own work but I am also happy to provide patterns for those less confident.

I do most of my creative work at home in a lovely sunny conservatory with fabulous views across the valley to a soundtrack of lapwings and curlews.  Consequently much of my work is inspired by the local landscape and wildlife.

I enjoy using a wide variety of techniques both individually and together and you can see some of my work by visiting the Textile Art tab . I am often asked which technique(s) I like best but I like variety and tend to like whichever I am using at the time and which best suits the piece of work I am developing.

I am a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild, the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and North-East exhibiting group Twyne.   I frequently travel around the country to give talks and workshops to a variety of groups and enjoy sharing my work and techniques with other stitchers.  I also offer group  workshops here in Catton Village Hall and one to one tuition in my conservatory studio.  Just contact me for more details if you are interested.

If you like what you see in the Gallery, I am willing to undertake commissions and will create something especially for you.  Please Contact me with details of your requirements.