My small, detailed, hand embroidered sketches explore local architecture around Leigh-on-Sea and Southend in Essex, where I live with my husband and our baby boy.

Forever fascinated by the built environment, I try to capture the fine detail of the familiar, using needle and thread like pen or paint. 

Each piece starts out as a drawing or photo of a favourite local view or building, before being hand-stitched in a ready-to-hang wooden hoop.

Since specialising in photography at art college, my professional experience has focused mainly on architecture and conservation. A brief stint as a milliner's apprentice encouraged me to explore the world of slow, traditional hand-crafting, and I am self-taught in sewing, embroidery and weaving.

I love combining my knowledge and appreciation of architecture with traditional craft skills, and approach embroidery hoops in the same way I fill sketchbooks - preferring a sketchy, illustrative approach over traditional embroidery techniques. 

I'm a member of the Leigh Art Trail, and exhibited for the first time in 2019 at Create98, where I sometimes teach classes.

Little Leigh Stitchery embroideries by L