Frances Overy

Textile artist & embroiderer

Frances has stitched for most of her life in one way or another, but got into contemporary textile art more recently. She’s studied with the Open College of the Arts and the Embroiderers’ Guild. She chairs the 76 Textile Group, the Norwich Branch of the Guild, is a member of TOPstitch, an exhibition group and Threadheads, a small experimental textile art group.

What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?

Taking an idea and developing it on paper and then in stitch in all its forms with friends is just fun. I love the surprises that come. It’s the business of creating that is so great, even better when asked to share techniques and ideas or when the piece is liked so much it is bought.

What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?

I can’t imagine life without family, friends and hobbies.

What has been your greatest making achievement?

Selling work, taking commissions and being invited to teach. It’s such a great compliment.

What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?

My wonderful workroom. I’m very lucky to have been able to design my studio around this hobby, I open a cupboard door and see wonderful threads jostling to be used. I can open a book and want to get going.

What is your favourite making website or blog and why?

YouTube for technique, Pinterest for ideas and some of the Facebook groups that I am part of. I spend a lot of time working through textile books and “playing” within the groups I’m a member of.

Why do you like being part of the Festival?

Spreading the joy of textile art

What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?

Come and talk to us, come and join us. Look at Chairman’s blog for local information and