Judith, of Old Lace & Roses, creates beautiful hand-crafted quilts, cushions, purses, scarves, children’s wear and home textiles, many of which incorporate upcycled, vintage and quirky fabrics which she sources online and from antiques outlets, so that each of her designs is completely individual and unique.
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, who says she was always the family sewer, 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.
Living near Wooler, Judith has a studio in her garden and finds inspiration for her designs in the landscape around her, saying “One of my best pieces of work, which I made as part of my course, is a quilt depicting a view of the College Valley, near to where I live” - a stunning view and a stunning piece of needlework, indeed.
Judith’s work can be viewed and purchased from the Lady Waterford Hall (open daily from 11am) until mid- September, with some larger items being available there until the end of the 2019 season.