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STOP PRESS! I have started a page titled ‘Self-Publishers’ where I will be adding names of other self-publishers so we can develop a network where lacemakers can find sel-published books. Unfortunately I cannot find out how to add a tab for the page, any help would be greatly appreciated.
I was born in Essex where I lived until 1990, when I moved to West Sussex, where I still live to-day with my husband.
As an only child I was encouraged to develop an enquiring and independent mind. My parents were always ready to discuss any subject with me and taught me how to find answers to my questions. I qualified from college as a maths and science teacher, and taught ages 11 to 18 years at St Edwards C of E comprehensive school from 1963 – 1967, when I left to have the first of my two children.
A girls hobby book, which I purchased in a street market contained a section on lace making. This was to change my life. By 1973 I had taught myself enough about the subject to start teaching lace making for the Essex Handicraft Association and I progressed in leaps and bounds. As well as running my own lace making classes, I have also taught for several adult education centres, including Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology and Chelmsford Adult Education Authority, working for a while with the City and Guilds lace making which included teaching one of their pilot schemes.
I have also demonstrated lace making in the USA, Australia, Denmark, Tenerife, France and Northern Ireland and have had my lace exhibited here, where I was a section winner in the Lace Guild International Exhibition in 1995 and in various countries in Europe, I won the medal at the Sansepulcro International Exhibition 1996, as well as in the USA and Australia.
Quite early on I discovered there were not many practical books on lace making, so I started writing, and to date have published nine books and two papers and am currently working on a set of three booklets featuring lace edged wedding handkerchiefs, each of which can be folded into a different christening bonnet. They should be ready within the next couple of weeks.
As well as lace making, I enjoy dancing and am an accredited Round Dance cuer and teacher and have travelled across Europe, USA and Canada in that capacity.