I was born in Kent but have lived most of my life in rural Lincolnshire, enjoying the peace and beauty of this little known county. Over the years I developed my interest in needlework of all kinds, studying both traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques with City and Guilds which led me into designing my own work, dyeing fabrics and threads, and taking on commissions.
All my work is hand-stitched, I do not use a machine, so every piece of my work is unique. I enjoy growing flowers and vegetables in our cottage garden, writing, spinning and dyeing wool, reading and gentle country walks. My husband and I have three grown-up children between us, who live in other places, but we share our home with Bramble the little black and white cat we adopted from our local animal rescue sanctuary. We also have a medley of hens at the bottom of the garden. Shippen is the old country name for a cow shed, which is what my studio building was used for originally.