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I’ve loved textiles since my mum and grandmothers taught me to knit, sew and crochet as a child. I still have the needlecraft books I was given in the ’70s – they’re now collectors’ items themselves!

By my early teens I was making and selling dolls and soft toys to earn extra pocket money, and for my art A-level I specialised in hand-printed textiles. On leaving school I was offered a foundation place at Winchester College of Art, but to my lasting regret I didn’t take it, instead deciding I needed to earn a living.

It was then a slippery slope into marriage and a family, though I always kept my hand in with arts and crafts, instilling a sense of creativity in my two boys.

My first forays into selling my creations came with a move to southern France, for my husband’s work. We lived in a…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 13
  • Joined November 19, 2011

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vintage fabrics, natural fibers, linen, pure wool, yarn, tweed, recycled materials, buttons, glass beads, driftwood, seeds and seed heads

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About

I’ve loved textiles since my mum and grandmothers taught me to knit, sew and crochet as a child. I still have the needlecraft books I was given in the ’70s – they’re now collectors’ items themselves!

By my early teens I was making and selling dolls and soft toys to earn extra pocket money, and for my art A-level I specialised in hand-printed textiles. On leaving school I was offered a foundation place at Winchester College of Art, but to my lasting regret I didn’t take it, instead deciding I needed to earn a living.

It was then a slippery slope into marriage and a family, though I always kept my hand in with arts and crafts, instilling a sense of creativity in my two boys.

My first forays into selling my creations came with a move to southern France, for my husband’s work. We lived in a remote farmhouse with a view to the Pyrenees, kept ducks and chickens, and grew vegetables. The natural environment was a huge inspiration. I’m constantly amazed by the colours, the patterns, and the graphic designs that nature comes up with.

I returned to England at the end of 2010 and settled in the picturesque Cotswolds market town of Malmesbury with my two children, a dog, and a cat but no husband – which at least meant there was more room in the house for my craft material
I love upcycling fabrics and am often found scouring second-hand shops for clothes and linens with a print or texture that appeals to me. I buy pre-loved jumpers and scarves, too, for felting. I especially love working with natural fabrics and yarns – pure wool, cotton, linen. I admit I’m a hoarder, and I have enough of a stockpile now so that if you fall over in my house, you’re pretty much guaranteed a soft landing – well, unless you hit the glass jars that comprise my extensive button collection...

I love crochet and get really excited about its recent revival. Granny Stitch rules! I try to incorporate a bit of crochet detail in every item I make.

I started by selling my Abbey Shabby dolls and other designs online. I then opened a craft studio and shop in Malmesbury, Dolly Bobbins, which has recently moved and I'm based back in my home studio again. I also founded a stitch group – North Wilts Chicks with Sticks which currently meets at a local cafe one day a week, and in my home one evening a week.

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