I learnt to knit at about 4 years old and then went on to making clothes for my dolls out of scrap material.
Apart from dress making and cross stitch, I didn’t start doing any needlework until 2003 when I was introduced to bobbin lace and I have enjoyed it ever since.
I was then introduced to the West Country Embroiderers in 2008 and haven’t looked back. I have learnt a lot of different type of embroidery, most I have never heard of. The help and guidance I have received from these ladies has been invaluable and as new members join I’m sure we will pass on our knowledge to them.
Dawn Marie Denton
Jane studied Fine Art at Canterbury School of Art and Design, gaining a Degree in Sculpture. She worked as a consultant in the design and publishing industry for over 25 years before moving permanently to Cornwall in 2005. Since then she has been concentrating on her own creative work.
“I am particularly drawn to the detail of the Cornish landscape – namely the plants and wild flowers that are in abundance. For me, the structure, texture and colour of the plants are an intrinsic part of the landscape.
It is all to do with the old adage: ‘Looking but not seeing’. It is so easy to overlook the beauty and detail of individual plants when one is faced with a Cornish hedgerow, for example. My pictures are not intended to be botanical studies. They are a manifestation of my observations of plants as I walk my dog. They are my ‘homage’ to the common plant.”
Kathleen is a second year textiles student at Falmouth University. She was Jane’s buddy and she made a wonderful blog of her responses to Jane’s buddy box – you can see it here:
(Warning: it will make you want to embroider…)
My name is Linda Attwell. I am an artist and have lived in Penryn for forty three years. I attended Falmouth School of Art in 1990 to study Art and Design. I am married with three very lovely grown up children and two grandchildren.
I hope to carry on my art practice in the future, I feel art is something that you do not retire from.
I make garments for children, male and female, using fabric as well as paper. I also design and make my own pattern. I do hand embroidery for example, drawn thread work, decorative stitches, smoking stitches and cross stitch. Machine embroidery, cut work and applique. Cushion, design and make canvas work stitches. I make block-unit patchwork and patchwork quilt. Crochet dresses and jumper; knitted dresses in Arran pattern, plaited rugs, handmade hook rugs, wall hanging and drawing with machine. I make fascinators using oyster shell.
(You can read more about Myrtle and her fascinating history: Making things Myrtle Farrell)
For most of my life, I have earned my living by sewing. I have run my business Make Do & Mend for the last twelve years. Although I make my living by sewing for others, my enjoyment is in creative textiles.
Pippa is continuing on to the second phase of the project.