Taking inspiration from childhood memories and the day-to-day life that surrounded her in the Yorkshire Dales, these designs are often playful, depicting a view of village life and ornamental figurines. The originality of these early patterns grew from her direct love of home.
Sheila was clearly aware of new trends for modern and futuristic design. During the mid 1950’s, she begins to experiment with abstract shapes and linear forms. Amongst this collection there is a wonderful bus scene undoubtedly inspired by her regular trips to London where she travelled to present her portfolio of work.