Dilys Harvey

I began stitching with my Mother and Grandmother as a little girl and over all those years, have never lost my interest in fabric, thread, colour and texture, or lost the pleasure of creating embroidery and textile work with my own hands. I mainly work in hand embroidery but recently have begun to explore and enjoy the techniques of machine embroidery. I studied City and Guilds Embroidery and Textiles Parts 1 and 2 in the 1980s and then passed an Adult Education Teaching Certificate at Norwich City College. I have been teaching locally since then and am also a keen member of the Embroiderers’ Guild in Norwich, as well as being involved with other groups, teaching workshop, exhibiting my work, and exploring new mediums and contemporary techniques. I take my inspiration from the wonderful Norfolk we live in, and I am also very interested in historical embroidery, particularly the Tudor and Stuart periods. I find the ancient designs of the Celtic people fascinating and like nothing better than to wander round a ruined abbey or fortress with my camera and notebook. For me, stitching is a pleasure which has lasted a life time.