Auburn Claire Lucas

2016 QEST Scholar - Traditional Hand Embroidery

Starting her career in historical costume and tailoring, Auburn has transferred her knowledge from these professions and applied them into perfecting her skills as a professional hand embroiderer. Her work often taking inspiration from historical garments and embroideries.

Auburn was awarded her QEST Scholarship in 2016. The scholarship supported her during the Future Tutor Programme at the Royal School of Needlework, and she graduated with distinction in 2017.  Since graduating Auburn has taught for the RSN at number of sites across the UK, and also in the U.S.A.  She also teaches for the London Embroidery School and as a private tutor, as well as working as a studio embroiderer for the RSN’s commercial studio and as a freelance embroiderer working on commissions.  She is currently writing a book on Whitework Embroidery Techniques for Crowood Press and developing her work as a freelance embroiderer, designer and maker.

Embroidery has always been part of my life, firstly a hobby and passion, and now as my career. I see the world in stitch, finding inspiration everywhere. I gain such pleasure in teaching and inspiring others in embroidery, in my own way helping to keep the art of embroidery alive.