I started my sewing life about 25 years ago, creating patchwork quilts, cushions, bags etc. I loved the order and process of making them and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful. Using ‘crazy patchwork’ I enjoyed the freedom of using different textured fabrics, and I gradually moved away from the more traditional methods, adding so many beautiful stitches, with beads and buttons on top, I loved making it all look so rich.
I went on to learn more hand stitching. I really enjoyed it and I naively thought it couldn’t get any better than this. However I was blown away on discovering that the most beautiful landscape pictures could be created with a sewing machine. (The landscapes were the work of Carol Naylor and I am still a big fan of her work.) A subsequent workshop with Linda Miller taught me how to paint with my needle and I have never looked back.
Although ‘Free Machine Embroidery’ is probably my favourite technique, I also enjoy techniques using water soluble fabric, mixed media work, book making and altered books, which are such fun to do and teach.
After spending the last 10 years having fun with all these different techniques. I now run a variety of courses from my home near Chichester in West Sussex, see the workshops section for details.
STOP PRESS :Chris is delighted to be featured in the Artist's spotlight at Galli Publishing