I orginally trained as a professional embroiderer at the Royal School of Needlework and then gained a degree in Archaeology at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Afterwards I trained as a teacher and spent ten years as a classroom teacher and head of the Design Technology Department at a school for young people aged 11-19 who have special educational needs. Part way through the ten years I started my PhD, 'Embroidery and its context in the British Isles and Ireland during the early medieval period (AD 450-1100)', at the University of Manchester, which I left teaching to complete. At the moment I am writing up my PhD thesis for publication and working on a re-creation of the early medieval maniple discovered in the tomb of St Cuthbert, Durham, UK. This project is being funded by a Janet Arnold Grant from the Society of Antiquaries, London. I also give talks to academic and general interest audiences and I write articles for acadamic and mo re popular publications and websites. I am interested in exploring how embroidery was created, particularly during the early medieval period, the tools and workers, and embroidery's place and meaning within society.