Surbiton embroiderer's latest work in honour of Queen's jubilee
A patriotic embroiderer was inspired by her grandchildren to complete her latest work in honour of the Queen’s jubilee celebrations.
Surbiton-based Swadesh Bhatia started working on the embroidery of Queen Elizabeth back in 2000 but got sidetracked and did not get started properly until the beginning of this year.
The 67-year-old has created embroidery pictures to mark past royal occasions including a design featured in the Kingston Guardian of Prince William on his sixteenth birthday.
But in the months leading up to the jubilee the Surbiton resident had lost motivation for the work, until encouragement from her three grandchildren helped her to finish.
Mrs Bhatia, who also created an embroidery design to mark the death of Princess Diana, said her latest work, which took four months to complete, may be her last for a while.
She said: "It is very tiring work particular on your hands so I am not sure when I will be able to put the effort in again to finish one.
"I have to say I lost my inspiration a little bit but every time my grandchildren would come to see me they would encourage me by saying, ‘it looks so good grandma’ and they would touch the hair and tell me that I had to finish it.
"I knew then that I would have to do it and get it ready in time for the jubilee. Now it is done I am so glad I did.
"I am very proud of it; I think it is my best one so far."
The retired civil servant said she is very much looking forward to the jubilee celebration as she has been a huge fan of the monarch since coming from India in 1970.
She said: "I love the royal family very much and will be joining the wonderful celebrations that are taking place all over Kingston this weekend.
"It is a shame that Princess Diana is not be alive to see this great occasion.
"She was my favourite and I love her very much."