Barbara Hammet began her career teaching arts and crafts, and history of art. Embroidery allowed her to combine this with her interest in the colours and textures of fabrics and threads. She runs her own design business, Wessex Embroidery Collection, designing and selling kits based on historic designs. This is her fourth book to be published by David & Charles, after The Art of William Morris, Art Nouveau Cross Stitch and Celtic Art in Cross Stitch. Barbara lives in Winchester.