Me working on some Grenfell style pieces at Marrick Priory Hookers Retreat August 2001
I am 61 years young, I live in County Durham in the North East of England and have been married for 42 years to Kenny, a keen sea fisherman. He has had his own business for 34 years treating rising damp and timber problems . We have three grown up children Gary, Kay, Dawn, and five grandchildren Stacy 17, Nicola 15, Rebecca 13, Matthew 12 and Amie 11.
I have always been a craft lover and for many years enjoyed knitting, both hand and machine, crochet and cross stitch before starting to make mats. I am a member of Woodhorn Matters, a group of volunteers at Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Ashington, Northumberland, where we have a workshop which is open to the public on Thursdays and Sundays. The Museum is well worth a visit. Entry is free and you can have a good meal in the restaurant, look round the Museum, view any exhibitions on there, and visit the mat making workshop to see the beautiful mats on display. You can have a go yourself if you wish and the volunteers are very friendly and will answer any questions you may have.
We have produced a Millennium frieze where 20 members each took a period of 50 years from 1000 to 2000 AD and depicted significant events in a hooked piece 20" by 20". The exhibition was opened at the Museum on the 7th December and ran until 23rd January 2001. It is now hanging in the Matmaking workshop at the museum so do come along and see it. The workshop is open Thursdays 10am to 2pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm and you will be made very welcome.
We have also have on show traditional masks and "forties" design rugs and "Old MacDonald had a farm" pieces.
I hold a City & Guilds 7306 Adult & Further Education Teachers Certificate and enjoy teaching the craft to people from the age of 9 to 90.
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