Meet the teacher


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Welcome to Needleswift


My name is Jenny, and I’m passionate about sewing and crafting. When I was a child I wanted to be an ‘artist’, but after attending art college I changed direction and did a History of Art degree. I didn’t discover sewing until my early twenties when I needed to make curtains for our house. I’m entirely self-taught, and in the days before YouTube I basically learned by making every mistake you can think of, and a few that you can’t!

Twenty-five years later I’m still sewing, and now make all my own clothes. When my children started school I had more time to sew, and spent several years designing and making bags and accessories, which I sold online and at local craft fairs.

I love trying new crafts and enjoy knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross-stitch and needle-felting to name a few. In 2021 I decided to try my hand at making a traditional jointed mohair teddy bear. From that first bear, my newest passion was born, and this has become a new part of my business. I sell my handmade artist-bears on Etsy as ‘Winter’s Den’, and have now added the first teddy bear workshop to my calendar.

When my daughter wanted to learn to sew, I started running Stitch Club at her school, and after a few requests from parents, I set up some adult sessions at my home. I’ve now been running my Social Sewing classes for about six years.

I absolutely love teaching people to sew, and the best feeling is when a brand new student gains the confidence to use a sewing machine and feels inspired to tackle ever more challenging projects. I have a growing number of returning students, and several who I would even call ‘regulars’, particularly at Social Sewing. You can read how my students feel about my classes on the Testimonials page or my Google business page.

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