Anita Harrison

Anita’s love of hand embroidery began at the age of 3 when she was taught simple embroidery on Aida fabric with a large blunt needle. She began to knit at 4, crochet at 6, and began making her own clothes when she was 10. Following a Fashion & Pattern Cutting course at Art College, where she won several prizes including Best Manufacturing for Imbex Menswear Competition, and Most Commercial Glove design, Anita embarked on a successful career in the hand knitwear industry working with major yarn spinners and publishing houses for whom she designed knitwear and wrote knitting patterns. She also worked within the publishing industry as a Section Editor on a craft publication and wrote a book on Ribboncraft, which included some Ribbon Embroidery.

After pursuing a career in administration, she retrained and ran her own Sports Massage clinic. It was at this time that she reconnected with embroidery and, on discovering the RSN, she began to attend the Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery. Feeling like she had ‘come home’, Anita joined the RSN Future Tutors programme and, following the three years study,  graduated in July 2020.

Alongside her Future Tutor studies, Anita has worked on the hand-embroidered textile for The Duchess of Cambridge’s ‘Back to Nature’ garden at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival in 2019. She designed and taught Learning Curve classes for the RSN at The Knitting & Stitching Shows, as well as assisting on RSN Day Classes, Tour & Taster Classes, Family Stitch Workshops and on the RSN BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery course. Anita has also assisted on the Certificate & Diploma Summer Intensive programme at Hampton Court Palace.

Anita’s work has been exhibited on the RSN stand at The Knitting & Stitching Shows and at RSN exhibitions at Hampton Court Palace.

She loves all forms of embroidery; however Anita particularly enjoys Raised Embroidery, Whitework, Canvaswork and Appliqué.