I started stitching when I was very young having being influenced by my Mother, who embroiders. Growing up, my Sindy dolls had some pretty fantastic outfits (considering that was in the 1970s). At school, I didn't do too well at dressmaking (my Mother having taught me far too many naughty short-cuts for my teacher's liking) and so I left all that behind and went off to work in Film and Media, ending up working for Disney. Although this helped me release my Inner Princess (being so close to a Disney Store), starting a family saw another change in direction and let me to the door of Textile Artist and my personal Guru, Maggie Grey. I was given the opportunity by Maggie to join the Workshop on the Web team and have been building up my skills there ever since. I'm now Features Editor and work in commissioning the articles, reviewing books and exhibitions and reviewing new and exciting products coming on the market (and a few that are gathering dust in the back of the cupboard). I joined the newly-formed Common Thread Artists in 2016 and took part in my first proper exhibition. The Sindys now look on jealously as I stitch and paint but am far too busy to knit them a jumpsuit with my French Knitting Dolly.