About me

I am a textile artist and tutor. I live and work in East Sussex, half-way between the heathland and gorse of the Ashdown Forest and the wind-swept hills of the South Downs with their views to the sea.

I am inspired by colour and spaces, pattern and intricate detail. I love the lines of fields and hillsides, the expanse of wild landscapes and seascapes, the greens and blues of the sea, the details of leaves and shells, and the pattern of tree branches against the sky. I am fascinated by the intricate mathematical patterns and spirals found in nature, from seashells and fern shoots to pine cones and seed heads, and I am constantly drawn to ancient visual forms such as Celtic knots, rock paintings and viking runes. 

I like to use my sewing machine to create my work, but I also enjoy making felt by hand. I am thrifty with my resources and often use recycled fabrics, papers and salvaged beads in my work.

In my teaching, I help people develop confidence and clarity in their textile art. I have spent ten years teaching people (including myself) to move forward with their work in a way that is personal to them, to trust their intuition, and discover their own unique voice.

To stay up to date with what I’m doing, please follow me on social media – links are below – or my blog (which I promise to update more regularly than of late!) You can also contact me directly here.

However you choose to get in touch, rest assured I never share your details – you can read my Privacy Policy here.

 

Calendar

9 February 2019

Workshop for East Surrey Embroiderers’ Guild at Redhill (Flotsam and Jetsam)

2 March 2019

Workshop for Croydon Embroiderers’ Guild (Vase of Flowers – hand stitching)

16 March to 24 March 2019

Ramster Embroidery & Textile Art Exhibition, Chiddingfold, Surrey

13 April 2019

Workshop for Dot to Dot Studio, East Hoathly, East Sussex

We will be making embroidered book covers, with a stitched cord fastening. The simplest project is a needlebook, but you could also make a book with handmade paper pages, or even a reusable book cover (the last option is a bit more involved – it all depends how quickly you stitch!).

Click here to book directly with Becky at Dot to Dot. 

27 and 28 April 2019

Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta, Brockenhurst, Hampshire

I will be exhibiting (and selling) work, demonstrating, and selling creativity packs of materials, original handmade cards, and other bits and bobs! Come along for a wonderful day out in the beautiful New Forest. Tickets are £3 on the door. 

11 May 2019

Workshop at The Workhouse, Dunstable, Bedfordshire (stitched flower appliqué/tutti frutti appliqué)

18 May 2019

Talk for Sussex Stitchers at Bexhill, East Sussex. 

17 August 2019

Workshop for Dot to Dot Studio, East Hoathly, East Sussex

We will be stitching embroidered landscapes. Details to follow!

19 October 2019

Workshop for Downland Quilters, Patcham, Brighton. 

19 November 2019

Talk for Liss in StitcheS, Liss, Hampshire

23 November 2019

Workshop for Dot to Dot Studio, East Hoathly, East Sussex

We will be stitching embroidered baubles for your Christmas tree. Details to follow!

18 January 2020

Private workshop for a group of friends (Swirls of Colour) – please contact me if you would like to arrange something for your own group.

20 February 2020

Talk for Woking Embroiderers’ Guild, Woking, Surrey.

9 March 2020

Talk for Chichester Embroiderers’ Guild, Chichester, West Sussex.

10 March 2020

Workshop for Chichester Embroiderers’ Guild, Chichester, West Sussex (Swirls of Colour).

27 March 2020

Talk for Kingston & District Embroiderers’ Guild, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.

16 May 2020

Talk for East Kent Embroiderers’ Guild, Canterbury, Kent. 

17 May 2020

Workshop for East Kent Embroiderers’ Guild, Canterbury, Kent. 

Workshops

Please contact me if you would like me to come to your group and teach a workshop.

These are my current workshops, but I am happy to discuss your requirements.

Vase of flowers

This is a short workshop, which could fit into a morning or afternoon, or be stretched to create a more leisurely whole-day workshop.

It is suitable for complete beginners. You will construct a simple background from patched fabrics, and layer up scraps and oddments to create a picture of a colourful vase of flowers. I can also show you a fun way to create thread flowers using machine embroidery.

See some examples from a workshop here.

Tutti Frutti

A one day workshop, learning my technique for creating a unique fabric for appliqué out of all those little snippets and offcuts! You will stitch a background from recycled linens, papers and lace, and then stitch a design motif using the tutti frutti appliqué and free motion machine embroidery. You can also learn to use thicker threads in the bobbin (cable stitch) to add extra details. 

See some examples from a workshop here.

Swirls of colour

This is turning into my signature style of work! Learn how I create collaged backgrounds from recycled papers, embellished with bold swirls and swoops of colour, line and texture. I will show you how I stitch curves of fabric, thick threads and trimmings, embellished with beads, sequins and some handstitch. You will also learn how to make paper “stitchable” to add highlights of text to your work if you wish. 

Fabulous Fearless Free-motion Machine Embroidery

Learn my approach to free-motion machine embroidery, to fearlessly create lines, shapes, words, patterns and appliqué designs, and create a full zigzag book of samples and ideas. This can be a one or two day workshop, and is ideal for beginners to learn the basics and gain confidence, and for those with more experience to practise and develop their skills. 

Machine Embroidery – taking it further

This is an intensive day of free-motion machine embroidery practise, including using metallic threads; drawing, writing and patterns; filling in with machine embroidery (shading, granite stitch); playing with tension (whip stitch, moss stitch, feather stitch); and using thicker threads (cable stitch).  By the end of the day you can create a book cover that showcases all the techniques, and/or a swatch of samples for future reference. For the more experienced. 

Machine Embroidery – Cords, Braids, Beads & Tassels

This is another intensive day of machine embroidery where you will learn to make stitched cords, beaded cords, braids, and tassels, from the simple to the more embellished and ornate! The only fabric we will use is water soluble fabric. For the more experienced. 

Flotsam and Jetsam

This can be a fast-paced one day, or a more leisurely two day workshop for more experienced embroiderers.

Use wire and water soluble fabric to construct a free-hanging transparent embroidered shape. Techniques learnt on the workshop include making cords, using water soluble fabric, handling wire, and stitching beads, sequins and washers with the sewing machine.

See some examples from a workshop here.

Celtic Coastlines

This can be a fast-paced one day, or a more leisurely two day workshop. Suitable for beginners.

You will use calico, papers and paint to construct a background for your embroidery, and then use machine embroidery to add a variety of fabrics and yarns to create a seascape.

You will learn how to use machine embroidery to layer fabrics and threads, including methods of using thicker threads with the sewing machine. If you wish, you can also learn several different methods to construct Celtic knots in order to embellish your work with that final Celtic finishing touch!

See some examples from a workshop here and my weekly class when we did this as a project here. 

Fees

Workshops are £200/day plus mileage at 45p/mile.

I can also come to talk to your group with a selection of my work. Talks are £100 plus mileage at 45p/mile.

Unfortunately I may need to charge a cancellation fee of 50% if dates are cancelled with fewer than 30 days notice, unless an alternative date can be arranged.

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