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I am a passionate embroiderer; so passionate in fact, I have embroidery floss coming out of my pores and I look like one big fluffy dandelion … hee hee.
When did I first fall in love with this art? We all remember our first time. I learnt to sew under the expertise of a beautiful woman named Mrs Mulrooney, when I was 7. I attended a small rural school and on a Friday afternoon all of the girls would head to the library to master the basics of embroidery on gingham squares. And thus a flame was ignited.
Fast forward and I then began a varied career in the fashion industry. I attended the London College of Fashion Studies to become a pattern maker/grader, worked as an Assistant Stylist in Europe, worked as a Buyer for a leading clothing brand, created and managed my own children’s clothing line, and then I took up a needle and hoop again in 2011. I chose to design and stitch my first family portrait; my family’s. The little flame that was ignited so many years ago suddenly became an enormous, crazy bushfire! Here it seems, my heart-for-materials and thread rediscovered what felt like Home.
I found myself daydreaming not only about small and simple embroidery projects but also about small, teeny tiny embroidery hoops. To quote the film “Robots”, “See a need, fill a need.” … I thought if I wanted tiny projects and tiny hoops there must be others who wanted these too.
And so Dandelyne began …
Dandelyne is about small scale embroidery projects that are satisfying, rewarding, soul boosting and frankly, just look so damn cute. Using the miniature embroidery hoop to frame your designs, you can choose to capture precious things and stitch them as a keepsake of that moment – stitch an initial, stitch a drawing, stitch a line, stitch a face. The options are endless and so are the stitches.
It is my hope that you celebrate your embroidery awesomeness and frame it, wear it, enjoy it and be proud of your handiwork.