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Fairy Wrens in My Garden

              Kit No. 12

    Design Size 25x18cm

When I was very young my grandmother taught me to embroider.  She also taught me how to darn socks, but that wasn't nearly as interesting for a little girl!  I loved needlework, but  there were times in my life when it had to take a back seat to raising a  family of  five and helping to support them. I am married to Ranald who has been my prop and stay for almost 50 years, a wonderfully supportive partner who has encouraged me, corrected me botanically from time to time, and who even frames my pictures for me.  I think I'll keep him!
        I worked as a legal secretary for many years, but following a motor accident I was forced into more sedentary activities, and my love of embroidery resurfaced.  I have been a member of the Embroiderers' Guild for many years, and have learned so much by taking classes at the Guild, and also from the friendly and helpful members .  I learned to do traditional  Stumpwork about five years ago, and was inspired to try using it to recreate our native flowers and birds.  I was asked to teach, and things have just snowballed from there.  Now my days are so full that I feel I will have to live to 150 to do everything I have planned!!  Stumpwork is my main occupation, but I love all kinds of embroidery - crewel, pulled thread, Hardanger, blackwork, .......  the list goes on and on, and there is never enough time to do everything.
      My other consuming interest is writing and receiving letters, and I love hearing from people all over the world and in particular from other stitchers, so if you'd like to get in touch please don't hesitate to do so!

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