Our story …

A brief excursion into creativity as a pupil of celebrated South African artist George Boys just before her marriage was enough to whet the appetite of Colleen Goy’s innovative talents. However, she had to wait nearly 20 years before finding a medium in which she could comfortably express herself.

Relocating to Durban from Johannesburg in 1989 with her husband and two daughters finally gave Colleen the time and space to explore the world of crafts. Initially a member of a quilter’s guild, quilting led to candlewicking, to appliqué and then on to embroidery.

It was in this art that she finally felt best able to convey her love of colour. The richness of embroidery threads and her style of design were ideal companions and soon she found her work (all of her own design) featured in South African women’s interest magazines.

Home work groups, demonstrations with specialist embroidery shops, and further magazine features have enabled Colleen to share her love of embroidered art. Most recently has been a feature of her and her work in South Africa’s specialist crafts’ magazine, ‘Threads and Crafts’. Not restricted to South Africa, Roseworks Kits are available in Australia and have appeared in Australian embroidery magazines. They have also been taken by enthusiastic embroiderers to the USA, the UK and the Middle East.

What excites Colleen the most is being able to show others the scope the medium offers, enjoying the camaraderie that the craft is able to generate when fellow embroiderers realise just how exciting freestyle embroidery can be.

Over the years, requests for patterns led Colleen to start producing her work in kit form and as the number of projects grew so have the kits – now numbering more than 100. As each piece of embroidery is completed so the range grows.

Working as a team, Roseworks also gets some assistance from Colleen’s husband, Timothy. In addition to packing parcels he also does some of the designing. Many of the whimsical designs are of his creation, as are Twilight, the Jade Dragon, the Phoenix Fan and others. It was their common interest in art that brought them together, both having attended art colleges; Tim in London and Colleen in Johannesburg.

Initially, the kits contained everything that was required for the project; fabric with the design printed on, backing fabric, needles, photograph, pattern, threads and detailed stitch notes. However, to allow the embroiderer the choose to use their own colours a much larger range of design kits, containing printed fabric, picture and detailed stitch notes, has been produced covering a wide variety of subjects and suitable for framing, for cushions, for momentos and much more.

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