Anne Rooney

I have sewn since childhood when I learnt from my mother who made all our clothes – and had a master tailor grandfather who oversaw the making of regimental kilts. From kilts to quilts there was a long gap of 30 years before I tried out patchwork and quilting at Purely Patchwork in Linlithgow with Pat Archibald. Pat then took groups into the world of design and from there the Freewheeling textile art group took off. I have had the chance to learn from workshops, online courses, City and Guilds in hand and machine embroidery and part of the textile art and design course. I have become fascinated by colour through dyeing and printing as well as abstraction – and how to express this in textiles.  The support, generosity in sharing skills and humour in groups of like-minded stitchers has been so important in order to keep learning and at those times when confidence wanes.