Kate’s interest in textiles began when she first married and had little money for clothes so joined an evening class in dressmaking and tailoring. A few years later she was making dresses and coats for her two young daughters on a precious new sewing machine. When time allowed she started creating stitched pictures and discovered a life-long passion for ‘playing’ with the sewing machine. Between 1995-1997 Kate studied for the City & Guilds Part 1 in Embroidery (now Certificate) at Regents College, London, where she was taught by the inspirational Julia Capara. She enjoyed all aspects of the course, but it particularly reinforced her love of machine embroidery.
A move to Ipswich followed and, a few years later, with her daughters rapidly growing up, an opportunity arose to change career. In 2006 Kate qualified as a Registered Nurse and obtained a post at Ipswich Hospital where she worked until 2011, when she found herself caring full-time for elderly parents. With long evenings to fill Kate had time to spend on textile art and decided to find a course or group to join.
She discovered Creative Stitch Suffolk and Annette Morgan, completing the Diploma in Machine Embroidery in 2014. Kate is a member of Stitched Up, a small group of textile artists who meet regularly to support and encourage each other and is a founder member of a recently formed group Feed Dogs Down whose members have all obtained their Diploma with Creative Stitch. Since 2013 Kate has worked part-time as a nurse on the Cancer Unit at Ipswich Hospital and is particularly interested in the therapeutic benefits of textile art.
Contact: Kate Thomson