Growing up in a small village in Dorset, England, Lynette spent the summers with her brother playing in the fields around her home and the winters busily crafting things with her mother. Some of the imagery in her work still draws on those memories, as well as events occurring in her current everyday life - her whimsical appliquéd animals and embroidered details are distinctive.
From a young age Lynette loved animals, she was always to be found with a cat tucked under her arm. Its not surprising then that many of her designs feature these beloved animals.
Lynette’s love affair with textiles began at an early age when her grandmother taught her to embroider and knit, patchwork caught Lynette’s attention in 1981 after the birth of her first son.
Lynette has several aspects to her business these days. She started designing and selling her patterns in 1995 under the label, Lynette Anderson for The Patchwork Angel, chosen because her father always referred to her and her brother as his angels. Two years later, she opened a quilt store, The Patchwork Angel, with her mother Ruth’s help. It was in an old church on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, but after almost 10 years, she decided to sell it and focus on her designing full time. As well as having several books of designs published, her patterns for stitcheries, quilts, block of the month quilts and more are now marketed under the name, Lynette Anderson Designs.
A second strand of her business is designing handpainted wooden buttons. They are cut to her original drawings and painted locally to her specifications, then marketed worldwide through quilt stores.
‘Its Quilting Cats and Dogs’, Lynette’s first professionally published book is due to be released later this year. Published by David and Charles it’s filled with heart-warming designs that combine simple but stunning hand stitchery with traditional patchwork and quilting techniques.
Lynette and her family live on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to find out more about Lynette why not visit her blog.