Having seen my children successfully through university and on their career paths I decided to 'jump ship' and leave my own career as a teacher and follow a long-held dream. I embarked on a City & Guilds course in Textile Design and Embroidery. Having always had a passion for textiles and stitch, the course gave me opportunities to explore new techniques as well as improve existing ones. It also gave me confidence to pursue creative ideas and possibilities, often in unconventional and original ways . I learnt the importance of design and the discipline of completing a piece well. After completing the course I worked for a company producing hand-dyed knitting yarns. Working in a world of vibrant colour was inspirational. Though more of a stitcher than a knitter this led me to experiment with hand-knitted felt. It provided a beautiful pliable medium to work with and a suitable soft base for stitch and embroidery . I started making felted bags and accessories about six years ago.
I work from home in the tranquillity of the mid-Wales countryside. I have sold my
work in a few local shops and galleries as well as craft fairs and events with
Valley Arts and Crafts. One of my bags recently made its way to Buckingham Palace - only to a Garden Party but I'm hoping Kate might notice it !
Rooted in a deep love of rich colour and stitch my bags have developed a unique and
sumptuous style. Each one is individually designed and hand-made using the finest of materials and mouth-watering colours. Neat, feminine and eye-catching, each one fastens with a magnetic clasp. Attention to detail is guaranteed. My bags will compliment a specific outfit or provide a gorgeous and distinctive accessory for a special event. Alternatively, an unusual gift or a fabulous 'fun buy'.My aim is to
bring originality into a woman's wardrobe. I am currently extending my work to include textile jewellery. Here, I use recycled lace dyed and embellished with stitching or paper beads. Working with textiles is an inexhaustible pleasure.