Creating this textile artwork is an intricate process, starting with a pencil drawing before the construction can begin. Each section is planned by colour and consideration given to the materials used which are from recycled sources wherever possible. Slowly the picture builds up by pinning each shape onto the base fabric. Once I am satisfied with the overall construction, the next stage can begin. This is a particularly creative stage where the piece comes to life and involves drawing over the appliqué using a sewing machine free-hand. To complete the piece, the design is embellished with hand embroidery and beads.