A WOMAN has won two national prizes for her special fabric creations.
And the achievements of Catherine Moore, aged 61, of Portal Crescent, Mirfield, are all the more remarkable because she spent years battling cancer.
The grandmother and former Bradford College lecturer was presented with two prizes by old-established livery companies for her stitched textile works.
The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers awards just one prize a year to the most outstanding candidate from the field of textile crafts.
It presented Mrs Moore with a medal and cheque for £1,725.
And The Worshipful Company of Broderers presented her with a prize of £300.
It is the first year either company has awarded prizes to a City and Guilds exam candidate.
Mrs Moore, who studied at Huddersfield Technical College between 2002 and 2003, won the prizes for course work.
It included a silk, velvet and viscose quilt, a highly decorated jewellery box, an evening bag, a cushion featuring a computer-printed design and a wall hanging.
Quilt-making is now seen as an art form in its own right.
Earlier this year, Mrs Moore won a City of Guilds Medal for Excellence for her outstanding creative craftwork. She also won a medal in 2000.
She is a member of Huddersfield's Textile Art Group and has been working on an ordination stole and a mitre for the Bishop of Newfoundland, Canada.
Mrs Moore hopes to hold an exhibition of her work in 2005 or 2006, with the textile art group.
When she was diagnosed with cancer she underwent about 19 months of chemotherapy and a series of operations in the late 1990s.
She said the embroidery took her mind off things.
"I'm still here, still soldiering on," she added.
"I'm doing a lot better, really. One thing about embroidery is that you can sit down while you do it.
"It's not as strenuous as if you wanted to do woodwork!"