In spite of her immense talent Judith is extremely modest, saying that she was always the family sewer and, when she started to make these specialist pieces she believed that family members “were just being kind” when they praised her work.
Judith started her working life as a nurse before becoming a clinical lecturer. Subsequently she worked as a home educator with young people who had special educational needs, inspiring and encouraging them into higher education. After retiring Judith decided that she too would like to return to college in order to “learn to sew properly”, so she embarked on a Creative Textiles Course at Northumberland College, studying at Ashington and at Kirkley Hall for three years and graduating with Distinction in 2013.
One of her best pieces of work made as part of her course is, she says, a quilt depicting a view of the College Valley – a stunning view and a stunning piece of needlework, indeed. Judith also has a quilt made entirely from kimono silk, from kimonos gifted to her by Japanese friends.
After graduation Judith began displaying her needlework in a community shop in Wooler and was amazed that it flew off the shelves. Since then she has branched out and attends a number of craft fairs and in 2017, and again this year, her work is for sale in the Lady Waterford Hall in Ford. Judith makes a wide range of products, from home furnishings to bags, scarves and children’s wear. To view her work pop along to the Lady Waterford Hall (open from 11am daily) or visit her Facebook page, Old Lace & Roses.