"Embroidery was my main subject when I trained as a teacher at St Mary's college, Cheltenham in the late 1960s. From this period I have retained a love of beads which I frequently incorporate into my work," says designer Carol Andrews.
"This pattern was drawn from a cultivated thornless blackberry growing on the back wall of my house. The birds love its fruits and they spread the seeds at random elsewhere in the garden. The resultant plants have the same curvaceous leaves but unlike the parent they have very thorny stems. This blackberry design combines surface and raised embroidery techniques. I hope that you will enjoy working it as much as I did. Blackberries are such fun to work!"
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