I had a good textile start to life - my Mum was a knitter and dressmaker, my Grandad worked for Singer Sewing Machines, my Grandma was a lacemaker as well as working in the weaving mills alongside my Uncle and Great Aunt. When my friends were going to town on a Saturday morning I had a mini crochet club with my Auntie Norah. So it's fair to say I've always enjoyed making things with wool - but somehow it never occured to me to consider a career in textiles. I did an English and Psychology degree at Birmingham University, after which I taught English in Greece, Turkey and Prague. I then became a primary school teacher - of course my favourite subjects being art and design and technology. I then had time out after having two sons and enjoyed a lot of crafty makes with them!
Luckily for me I also love gardening and it was watching an episode of Gardener's World that I saw someone making hand made felt. She was sat in a beautiful garden with lots of colourful wool tops, pulling bits off like candy floss and dropping them onto her lap to make a felt picture. Well that was it - I quickly signed up for a feltmking workshop in which I tried to replicate a lovely garden in my picture only to be told by the person next to me "What a lovely ladybird" - they were actually poppies! Nevertheless I loved the experience and have now been learning and making felt for five years.
I hope you enjoy looking at some of my work.