Clare Clensy studied a three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework, learning her craft in the medieval home of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace, in London.
During her time at the palace she learnt a range of embroidery techniques including restoration, regimental embroidery, church work, silk shading, gold work, white work, stumpwork, crewel work and canvas work, among others.
After graduating in 2000 she set up her own business, Vine Embroidery in Bradford-on-Avon. She now has a studio nearby.
Clare takes on individual commissions, work for churches, antique dealers and dress designers alongside her busy teaching schedule.
She is also available to give fun, interesting and informative talks and demonstrations of her work. Since graduating Clare has given talks to groups ranging from sewing guilds and church groups to Women's Institutes across the south-west. She also teaches regular classes and special workshops in a range of embroidery techniques.
Clare is also available for private tuition sessions. Contact her via the Contact tab in the navigation bar for more details.
She has also designed a range of embroidery kits, and regularly writes for and designs kits for embroidery magazines, including Mary Hickmott's New Stitches magazine.
Clare's book, A Beginner's Guide to Silk Shading was published by in 2007 by Search Press.
Written and illustrated by Clare, the book gives full instructions using step-by-step photographs on the techniques and stitches needed for silk shading. You can learn how to transfer a design, prepare the fabric, frame up and then work silk shading.
There are four exquisite projects to create featuring climbing leaves, tulips, a butterfly and dog roses.
Both beginners and experienced embroiderers will be inspired by this beautiful guide to silk shading, which has also been translated into Italian and sold across Europe.
For more details, or to order your copy of the book click here.