Ann learned to stitch at her grandmother’s knee, progressing to win, at the age of 10, an adult first prize at the Cartmel Fair in the north of England. From that point she was hooked permanently. Ann graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in the 1950s and went on to become an Occupational Therapist before emigrating to Canada. In later years, she specialized in CranioSacral Therapy, treating those in need of specialized rehabilitation. Ann has been a member of the Toronto Guild of Stitchery and the Embroiderers’Association of Canada, and has worked on the Toronto Historical Embroidery. Since moving to Guelph, she has joined the Canadian Embroiders’ Guild, Guelph. Ann is married, has three children and a grandson.
She has taught classes in Traditional and Contemporary Crewel Work, Contemporary Gold Work, and Creative Surface Stitchery. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and the U.S.A. and she has been a recipient of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada’s Leonida Leatherdale Award. Her greatest thrill is when her students try new techniques and create original embroideries. Then, when they win awards for their efforts, that is truly wonderful.
Although Ann is a well educated and experienced stitcher, she is a novice with computers and a camera. She has learned a lot writing these books and hopes that Spring Flowers 2nd Edition will be more readable and attractive for you. Several new flowers have been added to the text, together with more stitched gardens. Also included are ideas for projects other than pictures. The information has all been reviewed with the goal of improving the clarity for the consumer. The original four basic stitches and their adaptations have been used throughout the book including the front cover embroidery.
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Ann thanks you for joining her on this stitching exploration. All good wishes on your journey!