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My journey to embroidery

I have researched my family history and the thread of sewing in my family goes back several generations.

I grew up in a sewing house as my mother was always making something. This allowed my fascination with sewing machines to develop at quite a young age. There was always fabric around the house and the quiet hum of a sewing machine working away in the background.

My “first career” was in the landscape industry in the UK.  The economy was red hot in the late 1980s and I completed contracts for an incredible range of clients. At the pinnacle of this activity, I was one of 6 directors of the 3rd largest landscape contracting business in the UK. One highlight was meeting the Queen Mother in Windsor. We also won a series of national landscape awards for projects that we completed.

I emigrated to Australia in 1996 when I was General Manager of a landscape business here in Perth. It did not take me long to realise that the landscape industry here in Perth was very different from what I was used to in the UK. More window dressing for housing sub-divisions and less environmental improvement. Yes, I am a bit of a “greenie” at heart.

So after 22 years, I decided it was time for a change.

In 2002 I started my “second career” in financial planning. This was at the same time as the introduction of the Financial Services Reform Act.  This set the tone for my 17-year career as a financial planner with almost continual legislative change. In May 2018 I turned 60 and decided that the degree that was required for me to continue as a Financial Planner was not for me.
So I sold my Financial Planning business with a view to pursuing my love of embroidery.

In 2002, for personal reasons, I started learning how to make quilts as a craft/hobby.

This developed into embroidery and I continue this interest now through Embroidermark as well as making children’s soft toys.

I have 10 years experience in embroidery and my learning curve continues today.

Health allowing my plan is to run Embroidermark until I am 70 at which time I will hand over the reins to a younger owner.

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