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.