Jane started her career working in product design and development for Liberty of London and went on to be a Creative Director at one of M&S primary suppliers. Jane is super talented, passionate about sharing her worldly knowledge and on top of that her approach to students is infectious; they just want to learn, learn and then learn some more!
I have 20 years’ experience working in education with all age groups, and in secondary and primary school art workshops. I studied fashion design and gained a Btech diploma in design, and am proficient in pattern cutting. Since then I did a degree in ceramics and a postgraduate degree in professional photography. I am currently teaching in two different colleges and also for KHY Sewing School at the Mansion House, Beckenham Place Park, where I teach knitting, crochet and sewing. I teach adults at Level 2 City and Guilds in fashion at the Atrium, an outreach centre at Bexley College. I also teach adult classes in knitting and crochet at the Working Men’s College in Camden, together with porcelain jewellery making and ceramic photographic printing.
Top Sewing Tip Ironing fabric is key throughout your sewing projects. Learning how to read and understand the symbols in pattern instructions with sewing projects and also knitting and crochet.
I first started sewing with my Mother who taught me to hand sew. Later at school I was lucky enough to have weekly sewing classes where we were taught by Sister Grace who was strict but fair and an excellent stitcher. We learned how to sew by hand, do smocking and use a sewing machine – I still remember the pleasure of sitting at a table of friends stitching and chatting together – very like our Stitch Clubs now.
My passion has always been cross-stitch which I love and am still friends with my fellow stitchers from the cross-stitch group I joined when living in Belgium. I also learned to embroider whilst living there and I am re-igniting that passion at the Studio with various classes, most recently the Adult Embroider Taster Session which I loved.
Top Sewing Tip Find a space with good light, a comfortable chair and room to put everything you need around you – and preferably be able to leave it all out until you have finished!
I started my sewing journey 5 years ago and I instantly fell in love with my new skill. After attending a few courses with Jane my passion grew and I invested in my own sewing machine at home where the sewing journey began. Over the years I have made baby bibs & toys, cushion covers, table mats, dresses, tops, hoodies, and patchwork quilts. I currently help Jane with the kids programme and adult beginners at KHY Sewing School and I love being part of this fabulous team.
Top Sewing Tip Planning and patience are key to the perfect sewing project.