Lynne has been crafting since she was a child. While others were playing with dolls she was making their clothes.
Between the efforts of her mother and both grandmothers she was taught to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. She was crocheting fine lace handkerchief borders by the age of 8 and made her own wedding dress and trousseau. Since then Lynne has added machine knitting, all forms of card making, paper crafts, sewing, tatting, macramé, jewellery, decorative woodwork, mosaics, lace-making, weaving, spinning, natural dying, braid making, knotting, calligraphy, bead making, computer designing, candle making, soap making and much more to her skills set.
Lynne, a qualified army nurse, moved into community development work studying in the evening to gain an NVQ4 in business studies, becoming a member of the Institute of Managers. After studying textile design and construction she then qualified as a City & Guilds adult tutor working mainly with people who experienced a wide range of disabilities.
Managing 5 buildings that constituted a Community Complex in Eltham, South London, Lynne was involved in developing numerous community projects and programmes, raising funds, negotiating contracts and securing grants as well as buildings and staff management.. Lynne has extensive experience in organising community events which includes crafts fayres.
Lynne joined Three Mills about 4 years ago and has brought her craft teaching skills with her to our workshops. She is passionate about the need for skills to be handed down through the generations so they are not lost. She says “You are never too old or too young to learn and never too skilled to benefit from sharing experiences and that everyone has some creativity inside.”
Lynne learned, in the post-war period, to re-use and re-cycle materials into useful and beautiful items for her own use which is very relevant with today’s trends. She also makes items to sell under the name of Crafts Galore