Jacobean embroidery has always been and will likely remain popular. I can’t comment on what exactly it is about this style of embroidery that appeals to others, but for me it’s about the broad variety of stitches and unashamedly floral and leafy look of the designs.
Traditional Jacobean designs are still as popular today as they were a few centuries ago, but in the spirit of needlework innovation I saw it as a challenge to try and combine my more contemporary embroidery design style with the traditional stitch techniques you usually find in these patterns – trellises, triple rows of chain stitch in light, medium and dark shades of the same colour, blanket stitch edgings and the like.
So that's how this latest range of designs, which I've simply called Modern Jacobean, came about.
There are five contemporary designs in the range: Burnesque, Shylock, Oakenfold, Regality and Sweetsong. And each of them has a distinctive colour palette, from bright sherbet hues to more regal colours. And the names of the individual patterns were part of the creative process, too.