After taking an Honours Degree in Education (1975) with art and craft as her main subjects, she lectured for two years before setting up a craft business within a co-operative centre in Devon (1977). Acting as co-ordinator for the Centre, her own craft work was as a handloom weaver and tailoress. From 1988 to 1994, she ran her own textile gallery, creating a wide range of painted and printed fabrics, batik, embroidery, applique and patchwork. During that time she served on the council of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen for 8 years, alongside other community activities.

In 1996 Sarah moved to West Cornwall, where she concentrated on patchwork needlecord jackets for the Roundhouse Gallery, Sennen, while also changing direction to paint full-time.