lydia skinner

Lydia's training was as a historian in history and art but she had embroidered since childhood and on retirement took the Telford College course in textile design; since then embroidery has taken over. She is a member of he Embroiderers' Guild and of Group Twelve and has exhibited regularly with them.


For nearly thirty years her large garden on the outskirts of Edinburgh has occupied much of her time and provided endless inspiration, as have her travels in the Middle and Far East. Japan, India and Central Asia have been especially strong influences.


Her work is generally on a small scale, often three-dimensional, and makes good use of traditional hand techniques, Advancing years have cut down heavy work in the garden, so embroidery has very happily replaced it.