I grew up in the 1960’s in a coal mining village in West Yorkshire; I was the eldest of 3 children.  My mother taught me how to be thrifty and she passed on to me her skills in knitting, crochet and hand sewing.  When I was big enough, she taught me how to use her most treasured possession, her Singer treadle sewing machine.

In the late 1970’s I came to live at my current address which lies on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.  My home is elevated with good views and access to woodlands and countryside which provides me with a great and constant source of inspiration and ideas throughout the seasons.

In 2005 I enrolled at South Nottingham College for a City & Guilds course and went on to do a further 2 years.  I studied hand and machine embroidery and textile design techniques.  At the end of the 3 years, I decided it was time to put into action the many skills I had learned and all those ideas I had stored up. Since then I attend from time to time selected workshops to learn new skills.

I take inspiration from our natural surroundings and enjoy working with a variety of textile techniques. I exhibit my work mainly in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and take part in several Art and Craft Events though out the year. Please see my events page for details.

Combining art with textiles is a perfect way for me to express myself; I really enjoy making textile art that usually become gifts for special people.