I have embroidered since I was a child - my mother enrolled my sister and I on a stitching class on a Saturday morning and we have both retained our love of textiles.

My career path however did not include textiles. I qualified as a solicitor and practised for over 10 years. At the time of starting my family I also had a change of path - first buying a needlecraft shop and then an online christening wear website. I am now the Examinations and Data Manager for our local secondary school.

Throughout all this embroidery has played a major part in my life. My formal qualifications are City and Guilds Parts 1 and 2 in Hand Embroidery which I completed through an evening class whilst working full time. I have attended numerous classes and summer schools, some organised by the Embroiderers Guild, of which I am a Life Member.

I am also now a member of an exhibiting group - ISE (Inspiration for Stitch and Expression). We are a group of textile artists committed to developing our work in a supportive collaboration.

I love the calming rhythm of hand stitch, the pulling of needle through fabric, the images evoking a special memory or moment seen through the eyes of an interested observer.

Alison Ranson

© Alison Ranson 2016


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