A plethora of stunning works of art covers the walls of Yvonne Morton’s Mudeford home.

But as we sit chatting in her living room, my eye is drawn through to another room, where an interesting framed piece is propped up against a workbench.

This is where Yvonne creates her stitched textile art, made with handmade, natural cloths, using surface mark making to give “an identify of age and defence” to her work.

Having trained at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (now the Arts University), Yvonne spent time teaching, but now concentrates on exhibiting her own work.

“It’s been 25 years now of solo exhibitions,” she says, “I can’t believe that.”

“Teaching was so rewarding, but in the end you think ‘I’ve got to do my own work’.

“I’ve always stitched, from being a child. It’s been part of me. Rather than painting, I don’t think I’m a painter at all. It’s always a little lower order because it’s not fine art, but there’s an art textiles side to it.”

Yvonne started making work in 1990 and did a part-time degree to challenge herself.

Her early work featured colour, but she now favours a more neutral, almost monochrome, theme.

“I was very influenced by the Congo people who use woven raffia,” she explains.

“They beat it, the men clean it and beat it, then weave it. The women will then embroider with it. What I like about it all is that it’s all natural. I use silk and raffia.

“It’s been very rewarding. Even the painters that I know think I’m a bit more artistic than I was when I started. I’m not doing it for them, but it’s nice to be acknowledged.”

Each piece Yvonne creates will take a different amount of time to complete, but she always spends time researching her subject and is very keen on the idea of protection of cloth and defence.

“I’ve always been into that, even in the earlier work,” she says.

“It’s just something that I’ve bitten into. My work is nearly always abstract and, in a way, they’re bodice looking. I do like the fact that little bodices are quite protective.

“People will see what they want to see and read what they want to read, you can’t force it. It’s quite serious, because that’s what I want it to be. People have to look very hard at it.”

Yvonne and husband Tony are both keen collectors of art themselves.

“All the arts interest me,” she says.

But it’s clear her real passion is in her own work.

“It’s exciting because you’re creating,” she smiles.

Yvonne’s work will be on show at Highcliffe Castle in Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, from September 16 to November 1.