Q&A with Dot Smyth

1.So, first of all, where are you based?

In Carlow


2.What first got you into embroidery?

My dad is a reupholster and taught me to use a sewing machine when I was young. This started my love for sewing.


3.How did you learn to stitch?

Taught myself in the beginning. Then started to learn more in secondary school and then finally learned more techniques in college at the Royal school of Needlework


4.What is your favourite technique?

Favourite technique is blackwork.


5.What is your favourite subject matter?

Turning real life photos in blackwork pieces.


6.Why do you stitch?

Stitch for happiness and to clear my head




7.And lastly, where can we find you?

Dot.Smyth on Instagram and DotSmyth hand embroidery on Etsy.



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