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, owning a Panel and spray painting business, he was very handy 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 at weekends and at night, which before long developed into 3 classes a week! She then decided to give her part time job up to engage in running the business full time.
Hence her business “Helen Eriksson, Creative Embroidery'” was born.
It wasn’t long before her classes advanced to 6 a week, plus invitations to teach interstate classes!
Publishers were asking her to write books, but she didn’t feel she was ready until Sally Milner approached her and convinced her she was ready and had confidence in her!
Helen published her first book in 1999, called “Ribbon Renaissance, artistry in silk” which proved to be very popular. This brought about overseas assignments , teaching in the United States, Piecemaker’s in California was a regular, wonderful experience, which Helen will never forget.
Her business has been operating for 20 yrs, although things have changed over the years, 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”, Embroidery Cruises, and this year was invited to teach on a Stately Homes Tour in the U.K.