New website, new courses, fabulous sewing, crafty fun and what to wear in the Royal box at Wembley?!

It has been a busy, but exciting, few months. The move into more studio space last year the catalyst for a new business name and image. came on-line in January. Ihope you find it user-friendly with lots of course, fashion and sewing related news. I also have a new email address, If you would like to add this to your address book you can be sure of hearing all my news.

I have to say a big thank you to Barrie, Chris and copywriter Jo at Numedia Solutions Ltd for their hard work, vision and for coping with not only me but with every photo having a mug of tea in it somewhere!

Ruth Brown, of Stone Creek Textiles, set me off on my wonderful journey and I am indebted to her for her work, friendship and support not only on the old website but in general. I am sure Ruth is breathing a sigh of relief that there are no more panic phone calls when I’ve wiped something off. Thank you Ruth.

Great British Sewing Bee Walkaway DressI have added a number of new courses to the programme for this year. The Great British Sewing Bee produced a hit Walkaway dress. You can make your own fabulous version with me on either the 1st or 8th May. Have a look I am just trying out the Japanese one-seam top at the moment and shall be offering this as a quick one day course.
I also have Kimono Style Jacket on 19 April and a Pattern Cutting Taster Day on the 23rd May. Please let me know if there is anything you would me to include in the future.

I was delighted to meet sewing enthusiasts at the ICHF show in Manchester in February. The overlocker was threaded, re-threaded and threaded again and I am pleased to announce that everyone went off with a happy, no longer Manchester Showterrified face! My long suffering husband, Jim, was a big help again even if he did escape to his beloved North Ferriby Utd on the Saturday.

In the last newsletter I introduced Louise Walker, soft furnishing and needlecraft guest tutor. Louise’s programme of courses, covering traditional skills such as curtain, Roman blind and lampshade making are complimented withGet creative with cushions needlecraft ideas. Join Louise to get creative with cushions or use your machine to ‘draw’ with free machine embroidery. If this tempts you to try something different go to

Congratulations to recent City & Guilds graduates Melanie and Janet for exceptional work for the level 2 Award. With the emphasis on practical skills and very little old-style written work, this is an excellent way of not only gaining a qualification but building a comprehensive portfolio of techniques.

I have listed the fashion and sewing exhibitions for 2015 I would love to go to on my new blog, Tacking Tales along with my other ramblings. I am looking forward to Fashion on the Ration at the Imperial War Museum while I’m in London. More details below.
Jo Watson-Davies has written a fascinating piece about the origins of couture and the link to Lincolnshire.

I know it’s not sewing related but those of you who come along regularly to classes know North Ferriby Utdmy other passions are non-league football and Hull FC. The whole family have supported our local non-league team, North Ferriby Utd, for over 20 years and, after a nail-biting semi-final of the coveted FA Trophy, they won through to a final show down against Wrexham at Wembley on 29 March. As a committee ‘WAG’ I am included in the party in the royal box, such an honour but what do I wear – suggestions warmly welcomed! Well done Ferriby and you can see the game from 1.30 on BT sport.

I am always happy to chat about how I can help, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like any more information about courses and workshops or your sewing in general. I have listed Sewing Bee Workshop, Sew Short Course, soft furnishing and needlecraft dates below along with City & Guilds information.