We run a variety of one-day workshops throughout the year in our two classrooms. Our three main teachers specialise in getting to know your sewing machine, patchwork and quilting, applique, machine embroidery, pattern cutting and overlocking. We also run a range of different special classes using guest tutors throughout the year, ranging from bag-making to pictorial design.
You can view all of our workshops here.
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 of 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.
Mike Fitchett is a designer, artist and teacher who explores graphical images through the medium of quilt making. Inspired by vintage travel posters, his classes focus on learning how tonal and colour values can be used effectively.
'Wherever I am I like to have my sketchbook. Some sketches become ideas for further work, such as pastels or even a quilt. All aim to capture a scene, an object, or just a moment. For me, sketching is at the centre of my art, and through my presentation I would like to encourage the audience to have a go themselves.'
Having discovered Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing, at West Dean college, Rob went on to study in Japan under indigo guru, Bryan Whitehead.
Rob’s passion is in finding the new in the old, building on the tradition and centuries of skill that shibori has behind it. He believes in taking work in new directions by combining techniques and inventing his own forms. A core component of Rob’s work is his love of colour and pattern, which he brings to light in his colour saturated and complex fabrics.
'I love pattern and am endlessly fascinated by the way natural dyes move through fabric. Although I determine the form of the patterns I create, I still get excited to see how the dye has moved every time I open a new piece.'
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.
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. Previous guest tutors have included Jamie 'Mr X Stitch' Chalmers, Stuart Hillard, and a very exciting visit from Alex Veronelli from Aurifil, who gave his first U.K lecture about his fantastic quilting threads here at Exeter Sewing in 2017!
We always announce details of special tutors and one-off classes via our email newsletter - and they do book up quickly! - so make sure you sign up to hear our news.