I am lucky to live in the the very green town of Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, with my very supportive husband. We have two boys, who have now left home, and I have now converted one of the bedrooms into a much needed sewing/craft room.
I have always been interested in sewing from a very early age, when I first discovered my mothers old hand Singer machine, and started experimenting on it, hence I am largely self taught. I cannot say that I was encouraged to sew at school to the extent that I would have liked. Sewing lessons were “basic” and non inspirational. However I did get my ‘O’ level in needlework, and didn’t let my previous experiences daunt me. During my late teens and early twenties, I made a lot of my own clothes, although now I have less time to do so because I am busy teaching and running courses.
My other interest since my teens has always been teaching dancing. Firstly Scottish dancing, which having taken my teaching exams, led me to having my own class. Of course costumes had to be made, and I soon learnt how to cater for the many different sizes and styles of costume for my pupils. After getting married, both my husband and I were invited to join an English Folk Dance Group. I have also had to make many costumes and accessories of all sorts for this group, and more recently have enjoyed incorporating the many embroidery stitches on my Brother sewing machine into some of the costumes. I was encouraged to start a junior folk dance group, and also teach dance at a local school. More costumes had to be made, and in recent years I have used the brilliant Brother software, to design a logo for the young group, and design and make lots of badges for various celebrations for both groups. Therefore my understanding of techniques and expertise has grown. I have always had an artistic flair, and with the new computer age in sewing machines, I am now beginning to fulfill some of my design abilities.
I also demonstrated and sold Sewing Machines for approximately 15 years, firstly with Singer, then with Brother in the Welwyn Garden City branch of John Lewis. It was a job that I really enjoyed, so when all the Brother Sewing Machine Consultants were unfortunately made redundant from the John Lewis Stores in 2004, I quickly realised that their was going to be a gap in the market for tuition. I therefore set up this business so that I could offer help on a “one to one basis” to anyone who needed it. Since then, I have given individual help to a considerable number of keen sewers as well as beginners.
In 2007 I gained my City & Guilds Certificate in Design for Craft and Machine Embroidery 7922. This has inspired me to offer tuition in many aspects of Textile Design as well, so I hope that some of you may be interested in exploring many of the exciting and varied techniques in this field with me. Please see samples of some of my work in my work gallery and ring me if you want to know more.
I hope that you may be interested in furthering your sewing skills with my help, and I look forward to hearing from you.