I began stitching as a teenager, greatly encouraged by my GCSE textile tutor. I continued to stitch and explore different techniques. Then in 1996 I commenced a City & Guilds course in creative embroidery and textiles, pushing the boundaries of art and stitching.
Four textile art forms I really enjoyed to experiment with were Hand Embroidery, Fabric Dyeing, Felting and Machine Embroidery, I have spent several years researching and developing these techniques, and now often combine them in my pieces of work.
About 6 years ago I was approached by friends
who asked whether I could teach them? With their encouragement, I started teaching them how to felt, dye fabrics and stitch and soon friends of friends wanted to come along.
At the same time, I was having inquiries as to whether I sold any of my work?
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 2013, further to my City & Guilds qualification, I studied an NCFE Level 3 in Fibrecraft.
And that's how Felt Sew Somerset began.