I studied fashion and design at college. The course focused on the industrial methods of manufacturing, pattern cutting and tailoring. Some years later, when there was a shortage of Design Technology teachers, I was fortunate enough to retrain. The skills and knowledge I had learnt fitted in perfectly for the classroom situation. As part of professional development I had the opportunity to attend courses that encouraged students to decorate and print their own fabrics. This enabled me to become more experimental and creative, leading me to find a style that reflected my enjoyment of working with this material. The flower pictures all started a few years ago when I wanted to give my sister a special house warming present. I dyed old linen sheets that belonged to our Grandmother, inspiration came from our Father's garden. I loved making this and so the ideas have continued and developed. I use a variety of printing techniques to create a background, other fabric is carefully selected to use as flower motifs, leaves and stalks. Using multi-coloured thread everything is machine stitched in place. The finished piece was met with such a positive response that I felt encouraged to keep making!