Hi, I’m ALISON LARKIN, Embroiderer, Author and Teacher
After 30 years teaching Biology, mostly to adults, I left teaching in 2013 to work full-time in embroidery. (I still pinch myself sometimes!) I specialise in historical hand embroidery techniques: my particular interest is the use of embroidery on dress for both men and women in the Georgian period. I work from my studio at home in Hull, lecturing, demonstrating and teaching classes as well as doing academic research in the history of embroidery. I also collect 18/19th century embroidery patterns.
During 2014-15 I worked on a project to create a replica of a waistcoat made for Captain James Cook by his wife during the 1770s, which was unfinished due to Cook’s death in Hawai’i in 1779.
In 2020 I published Jane Austen Embroidery with Jennie Batchelor, published by Pavilion Books in UK and Dover Publications in USA.