Joined Aug 4 2013
I only learnt to stitch and machine-embroider when I started Teacher Training in 1967, having never learnt more than crotchet (from my Grandma) before that.
I fell in love with fabrics & threads and have been hooked ever since, finally taking C & G 1 in 1990 at Cassio College, Watford. I was inspired to join by Gail Harker, but she fell ill and I then learnt from a mix of Gwen Hedley, Janet Edmonds & Julia Barton.
My first commission was a flat cloth to cover a Torah Scroll when it was opened onto the reading desk at my synagogue. This was followed by a Torah mantle (cylindrical cover) in memory of a late ex-chairman. I have since completed 12 mantles for various synagogues.
I usually design & make these, but have also (on 3 ocasions) worked with a team, facilitating them to design and make mantles for their own synagogues. I also wrote my own syllabus and taught Judaic Design for Embroidery at several venues, including colleges, interfaith groups and conferences.
Part 2 C & G was studied at The Letchworth Settlement with Val Aitken , and completed in 2000
I have belonged to several different Textile Groups, including Images in Stitch, Open Visions, Special Needles & Ex-Opus, and am now a member of Filamenti which is based around a Masterclass in Stitched Textiles at Letchworth Settlement mentored by Elisabeth Rutt.
My work is free, incorporating self-dyed fabrics and threads, and also natural & found objects. I love machine-embroidery and also use hand-stitching & embellishing.
I have had several solo exhibitions, have taken part in many group displays in England & N. America, have demonstrated at Art in Action (2006), sold work in the U.K. and U.S.A., and my work has been featured in magazines & on cards for organisations. I also completed a large wall hanging to celebrate the 125 Anniversary of Safferey Champness, Accountants in Holborn.
I now concentrate on the development of my own work, and give talks to Embroiderers' Guilds on Jewish Design for Embroidery.