Jo Butcher, Embroidery Artist

Jo Butcher

Creating clothes was my first sewing love when I was a teenager.  Encouraged by my enthusiastic sewing teacher at school, who now can’t believe my stitches are so small and neat, I went on to study fashion at college.  Then I worked as a Ladies wear Designer/Pattern cutter based in London, serving the high street.

When I was eight months pregnant, I bought an embroidery magazine the cover had a hand embroidered herbaceous garden, reminding me of the embroidered tablecloths and linens of my grandmother’s generation.  I knew I wouldn’t have much time to sew with a baby, but I bought the magazine and stored it away anyway!

Sadly a year later I had all the time in the world. Our daughter was diagnosed with a genetic condition and died at 10 months.

I then had too much time and I found the therapy I needed was to express myself creatively and discovered the art of traditional embroidery.  So, from that magazine and remembering the basic embroidery stitches taught to me at school, I began to create my own style.



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