Jessica’s interview on Stitchery Stories will be available to hear from Wednesday. You can find it via your podcast app or here. Jessica’s bio for the interview is below:
‘Jessica has been working as a professional embroiderer for over 15 years and is now the Director of her own business, House of Heyday, which brings together her two passions- embroidery and vintage. She is a graduate of the Royal School of Needlework, she teaches embroidery internationally and carries out commissions which include making new pieces and doing textile restoration and conservation. Amongst her many claims to fame is that she has demonstrated embroidery to Her Majesty the Queen; was a member of the team who embroidered the wedding dress and veil for the Duchess of Cambridge; and has co-authored a book, Adventures in Needlework, which was published by the Guild of Master Craftsman Publications. She has also written a stitch manual for Fine Cell Work, a charity that teaches needlework to prison inmates. Throughout her career, Jessica has taken on many roles, including working in the costume department at The Royal Opera House; acting as Education Coordinator, tutor, assessor and studio embroiderer for the RSN; and teaching at the V&A Museum as part of their exhibition – ‘Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up’.
Jessica has recently been appointed as Textiles Specialist for auction house Elstob & Elstob. She lives in West Yorkshire and is expecting her first baby in June.’
Jessica writes, ‘This time we are in has been a great opportunity for me not only to prepare for my baby’s imminent arrival but to focus on my business, catch up with commissions and explore other online ways of offering classes and services. I’m currently in the process of writing an online consultation package to guide people through the process of designing and making their own embroidery kits. I’ve also been piloting and am now offering online classes through the Royal School of Needlework.
I’m nearing completion of three commissions, the first is from a private client and is a mourning embroidery which dates back to 1715. I have conserved and re-mounted it.
The other two are for History Wardrobe, the first is an 18th century apron and the second is a ribbon corset from the early 1900’s, both of which I’m conserving and strengthening ahead of them becoming part of a History Wardrobe presentation.
We hope you enjoy learning a little more about Jessica’s work through the links above.