Meet Lesley Teare

By Lucy Crazy Mag, Mon, 2011-10-17 10:27
Lesley Teare

How long have you been designing cross stitch for?

I started designing for the cross stitch market 25 years ago. My very first project was a series of floral designs for DMC. I went on to produce many cross stitch designs that have been turned into kits by DMC, as well as designs for Crazy of course!

What do you enjoy most about your job as a designer?

I love the challenge of designing beautiful pictures that people want to stitch. Even after all this time I still adore my work and it has become more of a way of life.

What is your favourite thing to design?

Without a doubt – flowers. I’m a keen gardener and I enjoy nothing better than painting flowers that I have picked from my own garden. After this, I chart these into designs for cross stitch or needlepoint, which is a delightful task and I enjoy seeing the finished result.

Do you cross stitch any of your wonderful designs?

Not these days, as I prefer to paint pictures. When I do stitch, it is usually needlepoint because I like to draw the flowers onto the canvas and stitch directly with the wools to mimic the shape and colour.

Why do you like the DMC colour range of thread?

I like the huge range of beautiful colours, as it allows me to choose the exact colour to match to my paintings, which makes life so much easier when I start a new design.

What do you think about the quality of DMC thread?

Over the years the threads have always remained a lovely thread to stitch with, because of the quality and the number of colours you can choose from. They are available from all good craft shops so they are also easy to find too.

Where do you get inspiration for your designs?

I think I have worked on almost every theme you can imagine! I can draw most things and sometimes editors come up with all sorts of ideas, which makes my job very varied. I like to visit museums with textile and pottery exhibits for inspiration, especially the V & A in London and The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, as this is very near to my home. If all else fails, I simply go into my garden and take inspiration from the flowers there.

How does it feel when you see your finished designs in magazines like Cross Stitch Crazy?

Wonderful! I love seeing projects that people will really want to stitch for themselves or loved ones.

What can we expect from Lesley Teare in 2012?

More flowers I hope! Recently I have started working on blackwork charts that I like to stitch and design, so I would really love to follow this up in the coming months with more of these charts.

To try your hand at some of Lesley's beautiful designs, you can buy a back issue of Cross Stitch Crazy 156, or look out for issue 157 of Cross Stitch Crazy!



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