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I have worked as a textiles teacher for many years in secondary education. My recent move to Somerset has allowed me to further develop my creative journey. The diploma in Patchwork and Quilting gave me an exciting opportunity to extend, experiment and develop my skills in textiles. My final work, inspired by the ‘Swinging Sixties’ was exhibited at the Festival of Quilts (2015) in the City and Guilds student gallery. I enjoy the support and encouragement from like-minded people and I am a member of 'Threaded Together', CQ West and local textile groups.

Recently I have been inspired by the ‘Slow Stitch’ movement and I enjoy creating textile pieces with a needle, natural cloth and thread. The colours and textures of natural fibres and fabrics inspire me and enable me to enjoy the creative process.



  • 2018, Kingsbridge "Unfolding Stories III"

  • 2018, Birmingham Festival of Quilts

  • 2018, Bristol West Country Quilt Show

  • 2018, Dorset The Gallery Upstairs​

  • 2015, Student Gallery City and Guilds Festival of Quilts

  • British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine - workshop feature March 2018, November 2018 and June 2019

  • British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine - Unfolding stories III April 2018

  • British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine - First and Last December 2018

  • Contemporary Quilt Group Magazine - Inspirational Landscapes March 2019

the important stuff

  • City and Guilds Diploma Patchwork and Quilting 2015

  • City and Guilds Level 3 Patchwork and Quilting 2010

  • City and Guilds Level 1 Machine Embroidery 2007

  • Open University PGCE Qualified Teacher Status 2000

  • Bath College of Higher Education Home Economics B.Sc (Hons)




Thanks for creating a wonderful heirloom quilt and consulting with me every step of the way.

Sedgemore Stitchers

 It was refreshing to get an overview of many different styles and techniques illustrated and explained. Your work is beautiful and your sketchbooks a delight - thank you for inspiring us!

Southwest Quilters

Thanks for a superb workshop today!

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