My life with art has involved many disciplines which I enjoyed trying out. Painting was and is my first love and will continue to be. After completing the 5 year diploma in advanced machine embroidery as well as Art and Design with city and guilds of London, I remain a staunch supporter of work with textiles as well. I often combine both in my art which seems to be popular.
I was recently approached to do a strictly textile task of changing the shape of several Altar Cloths in a local church. They had been given a new altar which caused a problem with the way the lovely old Cloths hung. Now I am not an expert with this but knowing about textiles, I accepted the commission. I thank the advice from fellow textile artist Wendy Dolan who happened to be there when I had the first cloth spread out over 10 tables in the Patcham Community hall. After deliberation, I decided that making a slightly oval shape into one with a flat edge would work with the new altar. I have now completed three of the old Altar Cloths and have been asked to make a new one for them which I will do early next year. It was fun being involved in textile work again.
I was pleased with the feedback from the church, “Thank you so much for undertaking this work so speedily. It looks amazing” Kind words which I will share with my husband Christopher who helped me manhandle the large cloths through my trustee Bernina sewing machine. I could not have done it with out him.