My earliest memories of being creative are as a little girl playing with paper dolls, drawing outfits and accessories for them. The paper clothes had tabs on that folded behind the doll to keep them on. I would happily spend hours drawing, colouring and cutting out my designs. My mother taught me how to sew, knit and crochet and my family tree is full of creative women who earnt ‘pin’ money. My gran worked on dresses for a fashion house. ‘Luckily’ her mother was taken ill and she didn’t travel with them on their way to a fashion show in New York. They went down on the Titanic. An aunt worked as a junior dressmaker at The Royal Opera House and worked on costumes for Anna Pavlova and Margot Fonteyn among others. Some relatives were dressmakers and tailoress’s.
Over the years I have spent time sewing in many different ways. From making items for the home and clothes for myself and others. I discovered a love of embroidery, starting with cross stitch, which led on to a Certificate in Design and Craft Level 3. This amazing course opened my eyes to so many possibilities that it was then quite difficult to decide which direction to take.
Then, I saw a picture of soutache jewellery and I was hooked. The colours of the braids, the beads, the curls and waves all adding different dimensions to jewellery and more. It was yet another sewing technique but one that has stretched my imagination and skills and proved to be my favourite. I love to design beautiful, unique pieces to wear or use in the home. It is always an honour to be asked to creat a special piece, working with a customer for their one-of-a-kind design, whether for everyday wear or to help celebrate a special occasion. I was a winner and received my certificate from Theo Paphitis in his SBS Twitter competition for my jewellery. Later on I was also a winner in the Queen Of. Soutache jewellery is not particularly widely known in Britain so please do ask if you have any questions.