After studying illustration, Stacey Chapman worked as a designer of interiors for events and corporate launches. She began Freehand Machine Embroidery after viewing the process on Kirstie Allsopp’s Channel 4 show. In November 2013 she founded her business, Art Sea Craft Sea, creating pet portraits to commission. Her unique application of the freehand machine embroidery process and background as an illustrator, enables her to create strikingly life like thread paintings. Since then she has exhibited around the UK at events ranging from Crufts to Countryfile Live and Kirstie Allsopp's Handmade Fair. Stacey has gone on to teach workshops around the country and has created her own range of Freehand Machine Embroidery Kits. More recently Stacey has launched a new range of Vintage style portraiture and fashion Illustrations featuring up cycled retro fabrics, revisiting a technique she began at school. Another theme of work has also emerged depicting fishermen, after exhibiting with fellow local stitch artist, Emily Tull. Stacey was proud to be taken under the wing of Janome in 2016 and will be teaching their Masterclasses in Stockport .