- Daphne Turner (Founder member) 1918-2005
The inspiration behind our Guild and, with Rosemary Conway-Jones, co-organiser of
the "World in Miniature" Needlepoint Competitions, she came late into miniature
needlework. At 69, she taught herself the necessary skills to produce pieces fine
enough to complement the spectacular 1/12 th. scale furniture made by her husband Ivan
in his retirement. She managed to track down and was the first to stitch on 112 count
(12,544 per square inch) silk gauze and has encouraged us to produce the work you see
in our gallery, generously sharing both materials and the results of her
Daphne died in April 2005, content in the knowledge that her creations would find a
permanent home in the Rachel Kaye-Shuttleworth Collection at
Lancashire, where they will continue to inspire and instruct new generations of
stitchers just as Daphne herself did. When not on public display, her work can be seen by
request to the curator.
- Rosemary Conway-Jones (Founder member) 1937-2020
She trained for 3 years at the Royal School of Needlework and then taught needlework in Leicestershire. for 7 years. Later she went on to develop her skills in canvas work, applique, patchwork, goldwork, blackwork and quilting. Daphne Turner introduced her to miniature embroidery and she made bed hangings, carpets and chair seats for her 1/12 th. Stuart house. She helped Daphne to set up and judge the "World in Miniature" Needlepoint Competitions which gave rise to our Guild. She died after a long illness in July 2020.
- Ann Crompton (Founder member)
A life-long miniaturist, she discovered in 1994 that her extreme short-sightedness could help her win prizes in miniature needlepoint competitions so abandoned her ideas of corrective surgery and began to see her affliction as more of a gift. This, combined with her art training, has made it possible for her to create original high-count embroideries without the nuisance of magnification. A cataract operation has 'corrected' her vision and now, regretfully, she must work with a magnifying glass.
Contributor to "Traditional Needlework in Miniature" by Annelle Ferguson.
As well as her needlework, she has created a collection of amazingly detailed miniature models in 1/12th and 1/24th scale which she has exhibited to raise funds for the St David's Hospice, based in Llangollen, which provides therapy centres, inpatient care and a home care service that enables cancer sufferers to stay out of hospital as long as possible. Since lockdown has brought her fundraising to an end, she hopes that looking at her collection on line might spur some visitors to this website to donate to this very worthy cause. View the collection here. Click on each image for a description and details.
- Juliet Blake (Founder member) 1934-2019
Her first love was knitting. As an outworker for Paton & Baldwyn's in the 50's she produced prototype garments for knitting patterns. She could never resist a challenge and the Needlepoint Competition proved irresistible. Daphne Turner urged her to try ever higher counts and she eventually stitched a piece on 140 count. She later turned back to knitting, concentrating mainly on the challenge of producing true-scale 1/12 th. versions of popular patterns.
She gave unfailing help to Ann Crompton in the transporting and setting up of our many displays. Her sudden death in 2019 was a great loss to the Guild and her wise council has been sorely missed.
- Ilene R. Bower (Founder member) 1926-2017
Her mother and several excellent tutors encouraged her, from a very early age, to take an active interest in all aspects of needle arts. During the last 40 years (give or take one or two) she concentrated on the range of counted thread techniques and heirloom/fine sewing. For the last 25 of those years she tried to convert many of these techniques into 1/12th.scale format. Her work was remarkable for its variety and attention to detail. After constant prompt support for all Guild business, she suddenly fell out of contact and our researches failed to trace her until we found her obituary in the Hampshire Chronicle in 2017.
- Dora Lockyer (Founder member)
Retired Chartered Librarian. A member of Embroidery 77 and life member of the
Embroiderers' Guild, she has exhibited at many venues in the South West. Two
pieces of her work were selected by the Royal School of Needlework for exhibition
at the Knitting and Stitching Show, 1995. Contributor to "Dolls' House Needlecrafts"
by Venus Dodge (David & Charles 1995).
- Eric Burke (Founder member)
Retired scrap merchant, hobby pilot, video maker, - the list is endless - he
was challenged by Mike Hackett, printer of the Miniatura catalogue, to have a go
at the Miniature Needlework Competition. Fired with enthusiasm to master a new and
very different skill and starting on 60 and 72, he has worked up to counts 112 and
140 and his pieces are impeccably stitched and double-sided. He reminds us that
originally, Embroiderers' Guilds were only for men.
- Annelle Ferguson (Founder member)
She is from Tennessee and has been producing miniature needlework in 1/12 th. scale
since 1979. She is a Fellow of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans and
has just retired as its President. She has taught beginning-to-advanced needlepoint
at the Guild School for several years. She is also US Representative for the
Miniature Needlework Society. Author of "Traditional Needlework in Miniature".
Her desire is to continue to research antique needlework and create those unique
designs in 1/12 th. scale for the kits she
produces. See these and more of her work at
- Caren Garfen (Founder member)
She has been sewing miniature samplers for over 14 years, showing at the London
Dollshouse Festival and other important shows here and in America, where her work
proved to be very popular. She has also featured in needlework and dollshouse
magazine articles. Voted MINIATURIST OF THE YEAR 2000 by the British Toymakers'
Guild. She has now moved on to other things and no longer accepts commissions.
- Sue Bakker (Founder member)
Teacher and designer with an excellent grounding in both traditional and modern
techniques of embroidery. Ventured into miniatures in 1986 and created all manner
of pieces, many of which she also produced in kit form. Her work has been in great
demand by the best makers, among others, Robert Dawson and Nina Eckland whose
Pistner House in the Naples Museum of Art, Florida, features several of her fine
carpets. She was First prizewinner in the "World in Miniature" Needlepoint
competition in 1993 and again in 1995. Contributor to "Dolls' House Needlecrafts"
by Venus Dodge and "Traditional Needlework in Miniature" by Annelle Ferguson.
She no longer accepts commissions but continues to stitch for pleasure.
- Margaret Sitch
Taught to knit when very young by grandmother. Turned to lace knitting after
buying a book of edging patterns. First exhibited fine knitted lace at local
shows then fifteen years ago, at Miniatura Has since regularly exhibited her
bedspreads, tablecloths and other household items in 12 and 24 scale there.
She has now retired and no longer accepts commissions.
- Lynne Platt
A life-long knitter and stitcher who was "making things" from the age of about 7.
Began dollshouse modelling about 10 years ago and has tried her hand at many
allied crafts. With no formal training, she began stitching for her dollshouse
and taught herself to work on finer and finer gauzes. She enjoys the challenge,
expressing the spirit of the Guild in her search for true scale.
- Alison Larkin
Alison has been a stitcher all her life, initially as a hobby. In 2013 she gave up teaching and started work full-time as an embroiderer, creating replicas of historical pieces. She focuses mainly on the 17th and 18th century, working in both full-scale and miniature. She also lectures and teaches traditional hand embroidery, as well as collecting embroidery designs from the Georgian period. She is the co-author, with Jennie Batchelor, of Jane Austen Embroidery, which is based on embroidery designs from 1770-1819 (published March 2020). She accepts commissions in both full-scale and miniature embroidery: her work can be seen at www.alisonlarkinembroidery.com
- Sheila Grantham
She started embroidery as a hobby c.1980, then passed Certificate, C&G Creative
Studies, Part I. In 1995 she discovered dollshouse needlework and from 1999 has
focussed her attention on miniature quilting and patch-work. Won first prize for
patchwork in the Miniature Needlework Society competitions of 1999 and 2000.
Runner up in the British Miniaturist of the Year competition 2002. She can be
contacted by phone 01789 266821 or
- Jackie Matthewman d. 2020
Winner of the Daphne Turner Memorial trophy.
Came new to miniatures after 2002, when she and her niece began making porcelain dolls, full-sized at first but getting progressively smaller. Initially she preferred the larger ones but the challenge of miniatures soon proved irresistible and she discovered a talent for painting, wigging and dressing them so well that she began dressing her instructor's dolls in exchange for greenware, which she finished for herself. She favoured knitting and searched for finer and finer thread and needles, a quest that continued until curtailed by more recent problems with ageing sight.
The trophy presentation before a crowded NEC filled her with abject fear until Ivan Turner gently put her at ease. She said she always wanted to be good at something, and as she received the GMNA trophy she exclaimed "Now I am!"
Housebound for years, she was taken into care after an accident and died in 2020, her skill with the needles unmatched to the end.
- Dorothy Walker
Originally a research chemist, she discovered the therapeutic delights of her
new hobby, embroidery and, thanks to the encouragement of an inspired teacher,
she went on to gain City & Guilds parts 1 & 2 with credit & distinction
respectively. In the following years she went on to teach others the skills she
had acquired. Her work is in the Embroiderers' Guild collection in Hampton Court
and she has won several prizes in competitions. Her special skill in miniature
embroidery has lead to her well-deserved membership in the GMNA.
- Jean Sharp
was taught basic embroidery in junior school but did very little until she became
interested in dolls' houses in 1992. Persuaded to join the Miniature Needlework
Society, she went to several of their workshops, becoming fascinated by small scale
stitching, in particular surface embroidery. She has made good progress, winning
several competitions. She now seeks to experiment with ever finer work
- Rosie Shaw
came to embroidery a little late in life, enthused by a very gifted mother. She
is very short-sighted and prefers to work without a magnifying glass where possible.
She classes herself as an enthusiastic amateur stitcher as the only training she
has had has been as a P.E. teacher. Luckily, she now has a job teaching from home
and this gives her more time to pursue the miniature embroidery trail.