4th Oct 2012
I have lived in Suffolk for 20 years and now have a large black Labrador for company to go for long walks with in the beautiful countryside. I like to spend my time walking or gardening as this is a favourite hobby of mine and with a large plot to tend it is just as well. London or Cambridge are cities I visit as often as I can and I love to travel.
I have a degree in Printed and Woven Textiles and as well as teaching art I have worked as a freelance designer for many years for the retail trade and card companies. For the past twenty years I have concentrated on designs for the needlework market but I now work mainly for the cross stitch market, providing designs and charts for most of the needlework magazines.
I have written four books for David and Charles: 101 Weekend Cross Stitch Gifts, Travel the World in Cross Stitch, Oriental Cross Stitch and Fantasy Cross Stitch as well as contributing to ten more. Despite this blogging is new so bear with me.
Comment from Jacki McLean
Dear Lesley, I am currently cross stitching your lovely anemones chart from Cross Stitch Collection. I found a very pale lavendar evenweave for the pattern. It is to be a surprise for my younger daughter. I know she will love it. The omission of backstitch in the pattern makes the stitching go faster. Thank you for your many designs over the years. Sincerely, Jacki McLean, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA