The love of sewing and all things handmade is something that I have had from a very early age. Even as a small child my favourite toy was my Mum's old button tin! I grew up in a very creative family. My three sisters and I would spend many happy hours making clothes for our dolls, creating costumes and putting on shows for our parents. My Grandmother was a seamstress and a milliner and at the age of 5 she taught me how to use a sewing machine, a simple hand-powered Singer, which I still use today and features in my logo.
My love of dressmaking grew and I made clothes for myself, wedding dresses for friends and a christening gown for my godson. Years later, having trained as a lecturer, travelled the world and had two children of my own I am still happiest when I am making or crafting something!
In the last 7 years I have been involved in teaching children sewing and creative textiles in local primary and secondary schools as well as privately at home. I am passionate about passing on the skills of sewing to the next generation. Sewing is good for children in so many ways. It is an important lifeskill which teaches fine motor skills, dexterity, patience, bulids confidence and provides a social outlet to make new friends!
My reputation has expanded recently and I have grown out of my old space. I now have a brand new shiny studio which allows me to teach more students, including adults. I would love you to join me on my crusade to bring back creative lifeskills such as sewing.
So go on, have a go !
Hope to meet you soon.
I am absolutely delighted to introduce you to Jo Riddle who joined us in January this year. Jo is a qulaified primary school teacher, mother and expert crafter who will be teaching classes and workshops for us this year. Her interests and special area of expertise is patchworking and applique. Check out her latest workshops listed on the site and give them a go!