Tracey began stitching as a teenager, greatly encouraged by her GCSE textile tutor. After this, she continued to stitch and explore different techniques. Then in 1996 she began a City & Guilds course in creative embroidery and textiles, which introduced her into pushing the boundaries between art and stitching.
The four primary textile art forms she enjoys to experiment with are: Hand Embroidery, Fabric Dyeing, traditional wet Felting, and Machine Embroidery. She has spent many years researching and developing these techniques, and combines them in her work.
About 17 years ago Tracey was approached by friends
who asked whether she could teach them? With their encouragement, Tracey started teaching them how to felt, dye fabrics and stitch and soon friends of friends wanted to come along.
After this, she quickly began receiving inquiries as to whether she sold any of her work?
After some research, Tracey realised that there seemed to be a real desire for creative and relaxing workshops using felt and embroidery techniques to create unique, handcrafted artistic pieces.
Therefore, in 2012-15, further to her City & Guilds qualification, Tracey went on to study an NCFE qualification from foundation - level3 in Fibrecraft.
These additional qualifications provided added knowledge and confidence of the field she was working in, and her ability to teach.
In the following years, Tracey increased the frequency and size of the event she attends, as well as starting to run workshops demonstrating her own unique techniques.
And that's how Felt Sew Somerset began.