Your Tutor - Jenny
I have been sewing for 14 years, and teaching for 7. That makes me feel pretty old!
I teach a comprehensive range of sewing classes for all abilities. My classes are structured and designed to build confidence and teach all the necessary sewing skills in bite size session.
I've been teaching for a while now and I love meeting new crafty people. I have worked in customer facing roles all my life and lets just say the general public is full of questionable characters but there seems to be a bit of an exception for crafty people - they are all pretty decent! Which is good for me in a selfish way because I get to make new friends but also good for you because you can bet you'll make some new friends too!
I've always been quite arty so I was destined to end up doing something creative. I did my BA Honours in Fashion Business which I loved. Shortly afterwards I landed a job as assistant designer in a bridal boutique. It was a great experience and I learned so much but there really is only so much time you can spend with bridezillas - I can confirm they are not mythic creatures like the Loch Ness Monster. I would rather deal with the Loch Ness Monster actually!
My next role was my first shot at teaching. A friend opened a craft cafe called The Life Craft and I taught all the sewing classes there. It was terrifying at first but I soon realised I had a lot to offer and the classes made people happy. I continued to work there until it sadly closed - another victim of the recession and this is when I decided to make a go of it and create Sew Confident. Years later the interest in sewing is bigger than ever. It's all over the internet, it's on the television in the form of The Great British Sewing Bee and everyone wants to give it a shot. And so you should, it's a useful economical skill that can help transform old clothes, make new ones and turn your home into a soft furnishing-y wonderland!
I say yes to everything, so I have been on the radio, and the TV a couple of times. It keeps life interesting!
What other interests do you have?
I like to think I bring more to the table than my sewing skills and experience. You can guarantee that whilst you are concentrating I will be gibbering on about something in the background and not always sewing related(mostly it is though!). I also love cakes and baking and chocolate. Sewing and baking go hand in hand really. I am considerably better at one than the other though. Had a lot of soggy bottoms in my time!
I'm not a big outdoorsy person. I grew up in the city with very little bugs, I cannot deal with the bugs in the countryside but I do like the great outdoors if it is too cold or too high for bugs to venture and I have a snowboard attached to my feet. Scotland is such a breathtaking country. If you are lucky enough to be driving Cairngorm bound on a crisp sunny day you will be in awe of the scenery we have on our doorstep.
Finally I love animals. Specifically cats. Cats and sewing do not go btw. Obviously pins absolutely must be kept away from animals and small children that is just common sense but you also have to protect your silk chiffon from them. I once laid out a piece of 100% silk chiffon on the floor to cut. I left the room for a minute and when I came back Susie Cat was sitting right in the centre of the fabric, threatening to unleash those jaggy little feet. I have never tread so carefully in my life. Nor have I ever left her unaccompanied with any of my fabrics. The fabric survived, incase you were wondering!