The Great British Sewing Bee is back on our screens tomorrow night and we can’t wait! This year sees 10 fresh amateur stitchers taking part in a bid to win the title of Britain’s best home sewer for 2016.
It’s not just new contestants either, this year we will have a new judge in the guise of Esme Young, a senior lecturer on the fashion course at Central St Martin’s College. Co-founder of Swanky Modes, dresses from this iconic range feature in the permanent collection at the V&A Museum. We’ll miss May Martin but Patrick Grant will be there for continuity.
Winning the Great British Sewing Bee has certainly paid off for Matt Chapple, winner of 2015’s series. The Berkshire winner learned how to sew in the Army aged 16 and now blogs along with his wife Gemma at ‘Sew What’s New’. This creative lifestyle blog features stitching, making and baking ideas for the whole family and you can read more about Matt’s journey to the title too. He’s recently launched a new product – the ‘Sew-A-Saurus’, a dinosaur tail kit, which you can now buy on Amazon or Etsy. Click here for the reviews. Matt also has a book due to come out this Autumn – ‘Make It, Own It Love It‘ and you can catch Matt at the forthcoming Kirsty Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas Fair on the 20th-22nd November.
Winner of 2014’s show was Heather Jacks and you can catch up with her on her blog at heatherjacks.co.uk. Since winning the show she has been working on the ‘GoSew’ project to teach young people how to sew.
“Gone are the days when your mother and grandmother were experts in all things related to any form of sewing, knitting, crocheting, rugmaking, lacemaking etc and that chain of expertise has been broken, there is a cavernous hole in our basic understanding of how things are constructed, or even a knowledge of fabric type and suitability for the fabric in hand.” Heather Jacks
Learning to sew can do so much for you, and we can offer classes for the absolute beginner to the intermediate who wants to hone their technique. We also offer children’s sewing classes. If you don’t have a machine, that’s not a problem we have several Singer machines you can use in our studio. Who knows, you could be competing next year!
The first episode in the series is screened on BBC2 at 9 pm on Monday 16th May.
For more information on our sewing classes pop into the studio, call Donna on 07985 777 293 or complete the contact form below.