I qualified with distinction in 1996 from the Royal School of Needlework’s famed Apprenticeship scheme. Then worked at the School for a further 10 years! First as a tutor and later as Assistant Head of the commercial Studio.
There I worked on a wide range of commissions covering all aspects of traditional hand embroidery, restoration and design.
I now offer a bespoke service for clients. Using my unique skills and over 20 years’ experience to create embroidered commissions, from concept and design through to the final stitched work. I thrive on the opportunity to use heritage skills to conserve the embroideries of the past and, even more importantly, to create new treasures for the future.
I have designed pieces and worked on projects for clients as varied as Alexander McQueen, Canterbury Cathedral, Sir Paul McCartney, The Worshipful Company of Glovers, The Worshipful Company of Launderers and The Royal Opera House.
My embroideries, which can be worked to commission, are strongly inspired by the rich heritage of British embroidery of previous centuries. but are always given my own contemporary twist.
Many of my designs are available as embroidery kits in my webshop. This is where I also offer a carefully curated range of specialist materials and equipment, much of which is made specially for me.
I love teaching, and offer private embroidery lessons in my studio in Surrey. I tutor groups around the UK and the rest of the world, including North America, Australia, New Zealand and France.
I have spent over 20 years studying antique embroideries and perfecting traditional techniques. My joy is now to conjure with these to create new and exciting combinations, keeping the medium fresh. I love to juxtapose the exacting hand skills of my training against the fluidity of softer sketched grounds created using pencil, brush and machine.