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About Me.

I am a Wiltshire-based RSN trained Embroidery Tutor, Author, Artist and fabric designer with expertise in hand embroidery, fabric dyeing, screen printing, and digital fabric design.

I am a graduate of both the Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship (2009) and the University of the Creative Arts (2012). In 2019 my book 'Embroidered Boxes: Techniques and Projects' was published by Crowood Press.

 

My passion is creating unique designs for embroidered boxes and specialist embroidery kits.  I sell and teach my design online and in person classes independently, for the Royal school of Needlework and the Embroiderers' Guild of America under the name Fairy Wren Embroidery.

In 2023 I was given the honour of being awarded a Developing your Creative Practice Grant by the Arts Council England to fund a Blackwork Portrait project which I am extremely passionate about.

I live in Amesbury (just outside of Salisbury) with my husband, two young sons and our dog Sonic (he was the model for my dog appliqué kit). I have a studio space in our garage which I am very grateful to be able to have in order to continue work on both my classes and my artistic practice.

RSN Apprenticeship Certificate

Education/Awards

2009-2012

2:1 Degree
University of the Creative Arts

Design for Fashion and Interiors Degree. Specialising in printed textile design; screen printing, fabric dying and digital printing. 

2011

Runner up
Society of Dyers and Colourists International award: London Region

Runner up in the London heat for the Society of Dyers and Colourists International award.

2009

Diploma in Embroidery
Royal School of Needlework

Three year Apprenticeship at the Royal school of Needlework which I passed with Distinction. My certificate which is pictured above is signed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. During my three years at the RSN I studied a wide variety of specialist embroidery techniques, please see my portfolio for all projects.

2009

Church Kneeler Competition
Royal School of Needlework

My winning design was chosen by the representative from St Olave's Church in London to be made into a kneeler for use in the church. The brief was to design a kneeler using elements, symbols and colours chosen from our visit to the church. All Apprentices assisted  in stitching the two winning designs. See finished kneeler here.

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