As a lifelong craftswoman, although never being formally trained, I have much experience in many different crafts, starting at an early age in primary school when I learnt how to sew and experienced the joy of pottery, with the feel of the clay squeezing through my fingers was the start of my love with this medium.
Family members went on to teach me crochet, knitting, hand quilting, embroidery and making clothes, etc. and it was at this stage that I was given my first sewing machine, albeit nearly 100 years old, but it was no less efficient than the electric one I use today.
At secondary school I chose woodwork, metalwork, lino printing, art, sewing and revisited pottery and at the same time, at home, took up plant pressing, rug making and tapestry.
Always interested in colouring fabric and making patterns, I learnt tie dyeing in the 1970s, and in the 1980s I started researching and carried out many experiments with natural plant dyes, although not in a position to take it any further until a few years ago.
With my life long and compulsive interest in growing plants, mainly vegetables, herbs and fruit, always from seed, I inevitably turned to dye plants and now have quite an unruly dye garden, with plants being allowed to do their own thing, which produces the dyes needed for the workshops, although, as previously stated, some dyes can also be made from fruit and vegetable matter.
In 2004 I gave up full time employment to help on the farm and this gave me more time to pursue my passion with crafts. I started working with wood once more, woodturning and fretwork. Later came soap making, pottery again, which I still love working with, sketching, painting, weaving, spinning and in 2015/16 returned to fabric dyeing and have combined this with crafts learnt in earlier times.