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Susan Barker

Accredited TutorMachine Embroidery | Surface Stitchery

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(A dreamer with both hand and machine needles in my pincushion.)

I have been a Guild member for almost 30 years.

My full time occupation was as a Home Economics, Secondary School teacher and I trained at Newcastle.

I have always enjoyed hobbies and crafts that involve making and belong to several Guild Groups. I am a founding member of Nepean Group, who are an evening group. We still meet at Penrith on the first Monday of the month. Over the years I have been convenor many times and have organised workshop and several stitching weekends away for our group. These weekends always had a theme and were a lot of fun!

I belong to Lateral Stitchers, Colour in Embroidery and as I recently moved to the Blue Mountains, I am also a member of Blue Mountains Group and since joining have started a creative Group –‘ More than Three Sisters’. This group meets at a local café for lunch, the last Wednesday of the month, just five times a year. (We are into our second year and work with a theme.)

Our family spent a year living in England – 1989-90. I attended the Winchester Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild, as a visitor, and went on one of their bus trips. It was to see an exhibition of Gold Work at St Paul’s in London. Mind blowing to a person who had never seen Gold Work.

I was also lucky enough to attend presentations by Beryl Dean; Richard Box and Gail Harker. My sister-in-law, was a member of the Aylesbury Branch,

The Machine Embroidery of Both Richard Box and Gail Harker, at that time, was very new to me and on returning to Australia I was able to do an introduction to Free-Machine Embroidery.

On the surface Stitchery side I took up Silk Ribbon Embroidery. I have accreditation in both Machine Embroidery and Surface Stitchery.

I love to play with both hand and machine work. I’m always interested to learn new techniques or ‘new’ ways with older techniques.

I am always happy to design workshops to suit groups and will travel to country groups.

Always stitching, learning and evolving.

For more information phone the Guild on 02 9743 2501 or email