Lesley is a former Trustee of the Embroiderers’ Guild and has been involved in many national campaigns and projects. Lesley lives in Norfolk and has been involved in the Festival since year one. Visitors to past events will remember the White Walker from Game of Thrones, the Capability Brown wall hangings and the Nations of the World exhibition of embroidered postcards.
What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?
My passion is textile art in all its forms. Hand and machine embroidery, mixed media, dressmaking, landscapes etc.
What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?
Embroidery is an absorbing hobby which can be pursued alone or in a group of like-minded people and it builds a wide variety of friendships.
What has been your greatest making achievement?
I’m particularly proud of completing all the major assignments for my City and Guilds Diploma.
What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?
My Bernina sewing machine was a very special 70th birthday present.
What is your favourite making website or blog and why?
Anything by Maggie Grey especially Workshops on the Web.
Why do you like being part of the Festival (and formerly of Makers’ Month).
I enjoy meeting like-minded people and encouraging young people to try out textiles for the first time.
What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?
Join a local group. Textile people are always so happy to teach beginners and help them develop new skills. Don’t be put off if you are just a beginner. We all started somewhere.