Jenna's love of craft began in childhood, when her mum taught her how to cross stitch at the age of two. By the time she was seven, she was making soft toys using a Singer Futura sewing machine.
Jenna runs our flagship 'Know Your Sewing Machine' class, as well as all our patchwork and quilting classes. She enjoys sharing her passion for craft and firmly believes that sewing is good for the soul.
As a qualified teacher, Jenna has a Teaching Certificate in Training and Adult Education. She is currently studying for her City & Guilds Level 3 in Design and Craft, specialising in Patchwork and Quilting.
A well-known name in the local sewing community, Janet Williams has been dressmaking for over forty years. After completing high school she obtained a teaching certificate, followed by a degree in Theatre Arts. In 1989, she attended Kensington and Chelsea College of Fashion and Design, completing a course in Pattern Cutting, Millinery and Fashion Accessories.
Janet has been teaching since 1980 and has a phenomenal knowledge of dressmaking, pattern cutting and overlockers. She firmly believes in continuously improving one's own knowledge, because "there's always something new to learn".
Liz has enjoyed all aspects of sewing for many years, but her real love is machine embroidery, from using the decorative stitches in her machine to full-scale computerised machine embroidery.
In 2014 Liz printed her first book, 'The Complete Machine Embroidery Manual'. She teaches all our computerised machine embroidery classes, from those that help beginners get confident with their machine, to using specialised fabrics and creative techniques.
Liz also runs our classes on Free Motion Embroidery - commonly known as one of the most addictive and exciting sewing techniques around!
Special Guest Tutors
As well as our timetable of regular workshops, we are always excited to welcome special guest tutors to our classrooms. In 2015, Jamie 'Mr X Stitch' Chalmers visited us for an evening of cross stitch. Stuart Hillard visited us last autumn for a special quilting class, and - due to high demand! - will be returning later this year.
We always announce details of special tutors and one-off classes via our email newsletter - and they do book quickly! - so make sure you're signed-up to hear our news. You can sign-up to our newsletter in-store or via the website.