My mum taught me how to sew – for which I will be eternally grateful! There has never been a time when I haven’t had something on the go. I spent my youth making toys, embroidering, making splendid cushions for our family caravan (with quilted mushrooms on them), I made my first outfit when I was 9 – a pair of summer shorts, I made my first quilt when I was 10 and I have never looked back and here I am running my very own Sewing School teaching sewing, dressmaking, embroidery and patchwork in the lovely town of Felixstowe, near Ipswich, Suffolk. I wanted to share my love of sewing with beginners and more advanced textile crafters by setting up my own classroom to deliver a wide range of lessons, workshops and courses.
My childhood love of sewing inspired me to study embroidery and garment construction at the London College of Fashion for two years before I went on the University of West England to study for a Degree in Fashion and Textiles. After which I worked for an evening wear designer and then went into Fashion and Art PR and marketing. I then went to work for the Women’s Voluntary Service as an internal communications manager at which point the volunteering bug got me and I ended up working at Battersea Arts Centre on an amazing production of Macbeth – which was performed at The Globe Theatre, London. I loved working with that group of teenagers, they were funny, demanding, motivating and engaging creatures and I seemed to be able to get on with them. It was a combination of working with these young people and missing my hands-on textile work which prompted me to apply to Roehampton Institute to take a post graduate course in teaching Design and Technology – with a specialism in textiles. My husband and I decided to move out of London and return to his home county of Suffolk where I spent over 15 years teaching Design and Technology in various Suffolk Schools. I took the brave decision to leave my job as a Design and Technology Teacher after an extended period of illness (Depression is an unforgiving beast) and took the plunge by setting up my very own, lovely sewing school. Massively supported and encouraged by my local W.I (WILLF – Women’s Institute Lovely Ladies of Felixstowe) I just love teaching sewing, embroidery, dressmaking and crafting. I really, really enjoy being with people, I love seeing people proud of what they have made and being able to pass on that sense of achievement and confidence – teaching sewing is a very affirming activity.
That’s it – not too complicated – be honest and do what you love. Sewing is good for the soul!
Ps – I am also wicked at baking – cake is also good for the soul!
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