Merrilyn has studied embroidery in one
form or another for over 40 years. She has taught for Embroiderers’ Guilds, Retail
stores, Individuals and was the primary tutor whilst the proprietor of her own
Needlework and Patchwork shop. She has had, and continues to have a wide
variety of her projects published in Australian magazines, and in addition, has
performed the role of judge at Royal Country Shows.
Having completed the Traditional
Embroidery Certificate with the NSW Embroiderers’ Guild, she is currently
completing the Certificate Course with the South Australian Embroiderers’ Guild,
mastering in Perforated Styles of Embroidery and Tutoring. She has more
recently extended her qualifications with the completion of the teaching
Certification in Traditional Japanese Silk Embroidery. Concurrently with the
Silk Embroidery, Merrilyn studied Traditional Japanese Bead Embroidery, which
is based on the principles of the Silk Embroidery and this direction is where
her passion now lies.
Currently living in Canberra, Merrilyn is
married with 4 children, a son in law and 3 grandchildren her plans are to
travel Australia and share through teaching, the uniquely beautiful techniques
of Japanese Bead Embroidery.