Sewing Bee’s, Sew Short Courses, baby lock beauties, it’s a small world and Island Women – there’s something for everyone!
Organza patch buttonhole - Jane White Couture TuitionI hope you had a good Easter Break even though the weather wasn’t great. I did get chance to finish a dress and coat for the lovely Claire and Brian’s wedding last weekend. The organza patch buttonholes inspired me to plan Couture Sewing Skills 2 later this year. I’ll let you know the date and what else we will be doing to ‘sew couture’. If you haven’t sewn the couture way before, master the basics on the first Couture Sewing Skills course. For more Sew Short Course have a look below or go to

I was thrilledApplique sample with Philippa Naylor to welcome internationally renowned quilting tutor and author Philippa Naylor to the studio for a very special one day workshop.

We worked hard perfecting our circles and points. It is good for me to be on the other side of the desk, I learned such a lot.
It’s a small world – Phillipa and I did our A level Textiles and Dress together under the guidance of Mrs Tong of whom we both have fond memories. She set us off on our sewing journies with skills we still use today. How incredible that, from a class on only two, we both now love sharing our skills with other sewers. I would like to see my old head of the sixth form and mention his comment ‘sewing – that won’t get you anywhere’!

I love overlocking and it has been such a pleasure over the years to help lots of lovely ladies learn to love their machines and tackle that tricky jersey fabric.

I have recently been appointed as an official retailer of the fabulous baby lock brandbaby lock overlocker and cover stitch machines logo which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and are baby lock Enlighten overlockerrenowned for the build quality on their overlockers, coverstitch and combination machines. The amazing ‘air-threading’ looper system and automatic tension make them a breeze to use.
If you fancy trying one out, I have a range of demonstration models at the studio. Contact me to arrange a demo.

I mentioned in my last newsletter I was going down to the V&A to theBalenciaga exhibition. I Balenciage at the V&Acan’t tell you how fabulous it was. I am very drawn to structure in clothing and found getting close to his work inspiring. It was good to see his work along side work from modern designers.

This month’s exhibition is a bit closer to home for a lot of us. My good friend and very talented textiles artist Ruth Brown from Stone Creek Textiles, has joined forces with the community of women artists around the Sunk Island area for an exhibition of their work under the title of IslanIsland Women - An exhibition of artists work from Sunk Islandd Women.From ceramics, textiles, bookbinding, fantasy dolls to rug making and painting it will be well worth a visit. The Sunk Island area, east of Hull, is a fascinating part of Holderness steeped in history. Go to their Facebook page for more information.
Island Women
14 & 15 April
Ottringham Village Hall
Free entry

What’s on in April and May

Sew Short Courses

Overlocking for beginners and new owners
25 April
Bring along your machine or use one of mine and learn how to use it with confidence.
Please note: this session is at Jaylaurs in Brigg. Contact Jayne and her team directly on 01652 650047 to book.

Pattern Cutting 2: basic style adaptations
8 May
Learn how to move darts, turn darts into seams, change the sleeves and lots of other handy techniques to transform your garment blocks or basic sewing patterns into something stylish.

Lingerie making
19 May
Make a beautiful cami top and French knickers using bias cut fine fabrics and lace.

And finally, a date for your diaries – 6 October is Sew Saturday and your Sewer’s Social, more details to follow.

If you would like any more information or help with your sewing please do get in touch, it is always lovely to hear from you.

Best wishes