General research interests: Historic Textiles with ethnic work, particularly of the Indian Sub-Continent; Education in the Crafts; Contemporary Embroidery.
1983—Study visit to Vindolanda for Roman sewing methods on Textiles.
1985—Pasold Research Fund Award: Study tour of Germany and Switzerland, Museums and Collections: study of origins and development of embroidery stitches.
1985-86—Ashmolean Museum, Antiquities Department, Oxford: study of Coptic embroideries.
1987—Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford: study of Egyptian packet beads.
1986-87—Secondment to ZSK; multi-head embroidery machine manufacturers, Krefeld, Germany. Industry sponsored.
1987—Secondment to D’Enseignement Professionnel de Paris; study of tambour work processes for couture workshops.
1989-92—African embroidery, collections and Museums in the UK.
1993- 2008—Embroidery Techniques: Technical Structures. Embroidery Terminology.
1994-to date—The embroidery of the Toda tribe, Nilgiri Hills, India.
2003 –to date—The use of the bolster and seating in India.