Hello, I’m Anny, a stitch mad history junkie who watches hedges.
Which is to say I’m a middle-aged housewife, living in middle England who happens to make textile art (very slowly), who if she isn’t stitching is probably climbing over a ruined castle, wafting around a stately home or staring at a stained glass window. Oh yes, and who starts most days by taking photos of a hedge.
I can’t tell you why I’m compelled to spend so much time creating hand-stitched textile art, it’s quite possibly one of the slowest art forms anyone could choose to practise, but for some reason I simply can’t explain, it’s what I do, it’s what I need to do, you wouldn’t like me if I wasn’t stitching…
What was your favourite subject when you were at school? Mine was history. I never stopped loving it and luckily for me I live in England which has quite a lot of history to explore. I was doubly lucky to have parents who indulged my passion by taking me on endless trips to visit castles, cathedrals, stately homes, not so stately homes and anywhere else I wanted to go (and which thinking about it may explain why they taught me to drive at the earliest possible opportunity).
So, over the years (we’re not going to mention numbers here), I’ve travelled the length and breadth of Britain in search of all things historical and pre-historical.
And I still do, because it gives me endless inspiration. Standing at the top of a castle tower, looking out at the landscape around, knowing that hundreds of years ago people were standing in exactly that spot, looking out in the same way – it’s a magical connection, the source of countless dreams.
Most mornings you’ll find me out in the lanes and woodland near our home walking the Delinquent Dog and taking photos of whatever’s happening that day, chronicling the changes in seasons, watching the cycle of life, feeling the weather. It’s become a daily ritual, a walking meditation and it keeps me grounded.
Whether you’re a stitcher, a history geek, a dog walker or none of those, you’re very welcome here.