give in! You have all been asking for a glimpse of the
designer and although I've tried to explain that I'm
nothing to write home about I thought it was probably
about time to show myself.
is Carol Leather. I am a 46 year old wife and a mother
to Becky (26) and Ben (18). Becky is the proud
mother of young Rocca, aged 2 in August 2006.
to needlework I enjoy photography, lacemaking, country
walks and animals of all kinds (except snakes &
spiders). I first discovered cross stitch in 1986 when a
tiny angel kit caught my eye in our local
needlework shop. I bought it, got stuck in and went back
the next day for a second project.
for a particular design without success I eventually
decided to start designing cross stitch in 1992. My
first three designs were sent off to a needlework
magazine after much persuasion from my family and
friends. Much to my surprise they were accepted and
published. Later I was approached by a new magazine and
asked to design on commission for them. I
continued designing every month for this magazine
(and others) for over 3 years before settling down into
my own kit manufacturing business.
into blackwork came when I was asked to produce some for
one of the magazines. After studying madly for a while
(much harder than I ever did when at school) I managed
to design two needlecases which were snapped up by
the editors. Boosted by this I continued designing and,
well, I'm still going!
and chart packs are now widely available in the UK and
beyond. I hope you enjoy checking out my designs
and look forward to hearing from you.