Talking: Peguin & Pear

This week I’ve been chatting to Claire from Penguin and Pear Can you tell us a little bit about your sewing journey? Have you always made things? I always wanted to be creative but never felt I was when I was younger. In 2013 I was unable to work due to a chronic health condition and took on some volunteering. While volunteering the person who was supervising me offered to teach me how to make jewellery, something I’d wanted to do for a while. One half hour session and I was hooked. I began making and selling jewellery for…

Talking: Jackie B, @sewsingspecial

Jackie is a Swedish Tracing Paper customer and enthusiastic amateur sewist from the North West. Where did you learn the very basics of sewing? How long was it before you got your own sewing machine? I can’t really remember a time before crafting and sewing.  It seems like I’ve always needed something to keep my hands busy and a new challenge.  I remember lots of hand embroidery at school and knitting and a little crochet at home with my Mother and Grandmothers.  Mum had a lovely old sewing machine from Woolworths.  It had a Janome motor on the back…

Talking: The Foldline

The Foldline is a fabulous online sewing community the place to chat, swap skills and to top it all they have a super pattern search facility. I caught up with them for a chat; Let’s start from the beginning, who are you guys and how would you explain The Foldline to someone who’s never visited? We are Kate and Rachel and we run an online sewing community called The Fold Line. The site has a massive database of sewing patterns with a great search function and an active forum where you can chat to other like-minded sewists. There is…

Talking: Portia Lawrie, Makery

Tell us a bit about what brought you to sewing in the first place, have you ever been formally taught? I began sewing in 2009 after the birth of my son. It was the first time I had ever not been working and had the opportunity to pursue something recreational.  I wanted something that was just for me and didn’t involve nappies and feeds too, lol. So I enrolled at a local adult community college where I spent the next year or so attending one day a week. I gained basic qualifications in garment construction and pattern cutting and…

Talking: Jane White from Jane White Couture

Jane White runs Jane White Couture in North Lincolnshire. What brought you to sewing? and have you been formally taught yourself? My Dad was a cabinet maker and I think I had a natural curiosity for making things because he did. I can remember having fabrics, needles, pins, scissors from a very young age, about 6 or 7 making clothes for dolls and other craft bits and pieces. Mum, long suffering with the mess, but was very encouraging. We also did a lot of sewing at primary and junior school. The lightbulb moment was when Great Auntie Margaret’s Singer…

Talking: Magda from Sewansome

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where did your passion for sewing come from? I grew up in Slovakia, with mum, and I was always full of beans and quite a handful so mum decided to occupy my body and mind. She taught me lot of crafts since very young age. I had my first toy sewing machine at the age of 7 and was sewing clothes for dolls by hand and on this little machine (I didn’t really like dolls otherwise, preferred lego and puzzle). I made my first skirt when I was about 10 and I…