Welcome to February’s sewing newsletter
Where did January go? Happy 3rd Birthday, featured courses: More from your sewing machine and zips, welcome guest tutor Sheena Roberts, save the day, all will become clear, news from the BBC TV Sewing Bee programme, woolly help, Facebook 200, meet Nicky, parallel lives, Christmas puddings, and City & Guilds Success
I know zips seem to cause a bit of concern so, if they are something you find a challenge or you would like to try some new techniques (including my no-brainer concealed zip method) I have a Zips workshop on 21 April. You will go home with instruction sheets, samples and more confidence to add a professional fastening to your projects. More Sew Short course information can be found at www.janewhitetuition.co.ukLast year I introduced guest tutors into the course programme to cover techniques that are not my area of expertise. Christine has a computerised machine embroidery workshop on 12 March, Louise will be doing more of her Sew Craft sessions and Kathryn Dickinson is joining us with life and fashion drawing skills (you don’t need to have any artistic skills – I promise) on 27 & 28 February.I am excited have a new name to add to the programme, quilting expert Sheena Roberts of Green Man Quilts. Sheena is taking a weekend course 19 & 20 March exploring circles and lines in quilting. Welcoming new and experienced quilters alike, City & Guilds qualified Sheena is looking forward to coming north to help you explore colour, design and practical techniques through quilting. For more information have a look at www.janewhitetuition.co.uk
I have a ‘save the day’ date for your diaries – no, not a wedding but an open day/celebration of fabulous students on 28 & 29 May. It will be your chance for to showcase your work and get together socially meeting with friends old and new. I am so proud of the welcome and friendliness shown by you at every session and it is also my chance to thank you for your support.
If you haven’t been to a class or the studio please come along to find out more about what we do and how we can help you with your sewing and meet the team. I will be sending out more information a bit nearer the time. Hope to see you there.
I enjoy art and design as well as garment making and pattern cutting and always look forward to my Art for non-artists, design without fear workshop (also known as Jane’s slap it on the paper school of art!). Dressmaker and quilter Jeanne was sceptical about her own artistic abilities but decided to give the course a go. I think she was also a bit sceptical about my ability to get any artistc skills from her. However, after a day exploring colour, the principles behind design, paint flinging, cutting, glueing, building to a crescendo of painting to music Jeanne produced, aided by a Victorian roof tile, a magazine, scissors and glue, the most amazing design she decided to translate into a table cloth for Christmas. Thank you Jeanne for your very tongue in cheek guest blog – how true! Intrigued? Read Jeanne’s story, where all became clear, at www.janewhitetuition and just remember, you too can be a designer with no art skills. If you too would like to share your sewing stories blog post are always welcome.
There has been a buzz across social media this week with news of the fourth series of the BBC’s Sewing Bee programme which will air later this year. Whilst the format seems to be the same, the surprise announcement is that there will be a new judge replacing May Martin. Esme Young, co-founder of fashion label, Swanky Modes will join Patrick Grant. As a Central Saint Martins graduate and tutor, as well as a costume designer on several big name films, including Trainspotting, and the forthcoming Bridget Jones’ Baby, Esme has a wealth of expertise. With all this excitement, I can’t wait for the new series to start.
Knitting wool needed!
I have been asked to pass a request for help from Jeanne (from the Art for non-artists course).
“Do you have a stash of unwanted knitting wool? A friend of mine knits for various chartible causes and it always on the look out for wool. At the moment she is knitting blankets for some of the people in wheelchairs who are going to Lourdes. But she also knits for prem
babies and other children’s projects.
If you have wool taking up space that you are unlikely to use –
whatever quantites please could you leave it for me with Jane. Many thanks” – Jeanne Carlin
If you are able to help I am more than happy to collect.
I have been embracing the fabulous resource that is Facebook over the past year or so and I was amazed to see that I had reached 199 page likes toward the end of last year. Thank you everyone who as liked my page so far and for all the information that is shared, it helps to spread the sewing word far and wide.
Marilyn, pictured here out side the studio, was the 200th person to like my page and won the chance to join the Sewing Bee ladies for the day. I hope you enjoyed your day Marilyn and that you join us again soon.
If you haven’t had a look at my Jane White Tuition Facebook page yet, click on the Facebook symbol above and see what you think, and who will be the 300th person to like the page?
One beautifully made pencil skirt later, Nicky turned her hand to this dress from the Simplicity Amazing fit range. Adding stylish contrast panels and a perfect concealed zip I think you’ll agree all her new found skills have been well used.
Having completed the two day Making Clothes using the Overlocker course last month Nicky is confident and enthusiastic with her machine and her son the proud wearer of designer/maker jersey PJ’s.
Looking forward to our next course Nicky!
If you are part of a group why not do something different and book to come along and enjoy a day of sewing together.
Jane White Couture Tuition is an assessment site of Link2Create Ltd
City & Guilds are recognised for their commitment to teaching high quality practical skills along with design so you can be ‘originators not copy-makers’.
January saw three candidates complete their courses. Congratulations to Christine Thomas and Lynne Smith who gained distinction grades at level 2 with a jacket and dress respectively. Well done also goes to Sue Dent who gained a merit for her Level 1 blouse. The City & Guilds assessor was particularly complimentary about their designs, fabric choices and use of colour.
Courses start on a rolling programme each month. You can attend either daytime or evening or a mixture of the two.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all my news in my latest dressmaking fashion blog. Don’t forget to let me know about any events or information you would like me to share and if I can help in any way with your sewing project please just get in touch.