Both her parents were creative people, although she lost her mother at the age of eleven years, she can still remember her mother sewing gifts and dressing dolls, for friends and family.
Her father was an artist and painter, whilst being a handy man around the house, he could turn his hand to most things, so it was this influence in her life that started her creative pursuits.
Through school Helen excelled in dressmaking, art and domestic arts, when she left school, she trained to be a hairdresser before she became married and had a family.
During the years her children were young, Helen made some of her clothes and the children’s plus enrolled in creative classes such as china painting, doll making, wood carving, and jewellery making etc.
Once the children left home, Helen embarked on having embroidery classes in her home, which before long, developed into 4 classes a week!
Hence her business “Helen Eriksson, Creative Embroidery'” was born.
Her business has been operating for 18 yrs, she still teaches at home, interstate and overseas, selling her kits through her website, plus preparing and designing new projects for inclusion in magazines.
She teaches for large embroidery conventions, such as ” beating around the bush”, “koala conventions”, Piecemaker’s in u.s.a. and next year has also been invited to teach on a cruise voyage to the south pacific.