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

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 I've installed textile exhibits in local shops for the Southchurch Art Trail and at the Clifftown Telephone Museum in Southend.

Little Leigh Stitchery embroideries by L
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