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name is Vivienne and I was born in England, too many years ago.
Our family moved to South Africa, when I was only a baby.
I have been married for more than 40 years, and my husband is
semi-retired. We love reading and travelling and I love
anything to do with sewing and crafts.
We have 3 dogs, an Airedale, 2 French Poodles and a tabby cat,
which keep us entertained with their antics.
At a very young age, my parents bought me a
little Necchi sewing machine for my birthday, which started a
lifetime of sewing. At school I did domestic science which
included sewing, and my mother taught me a lot of the finer
points. I used my mother's old hand Singer sewing machine.
Later, I went to embroidery classes in the afternoon, for which
I developed a passion. My favourite at that stage was
cross stitch and later graduated to all types of embroidery.
More than twenty years ago, just before I stopped working, in
the computer industry, the embroidery machines came
to South Africa and I was totally enthralled. I bought
the software and I was hooked - completely! I
could hardly wait each morning to get into my sewing room and
digitize some patterns. I do all my own artworks and try to be
as orginal as possible. I also go to art classes once a
week, which keeps me on my toes as far as designs go. I also try
to keep up with the latest trends.
I hope that all of you will enjoy my labours of love.