Established in 2014, Stitched By You was recently taken over by husband and wife team, Vivian and Julie Cook. Vivian is a sewing machine engineer with decades of experience - having qualified in 1973! Julie has been kept busy by four children and numerous grandchildren for many years, and is now looking forward to meeting new and existing clients and managing the haberdashery shop. Having run a busy sewing machine repair shop in Bognor for some time, Vivian is looking forward to adding servicing and repairs to the Stitched By You portfolio, as well as getting to meet the wonderful Stitched By You community by teaching some of the workshops.
Meet our other experienced tutors, as follows:
After studying Garment Design, Construction and Technology in Oxford, Aly worked in Fashion and High Street Couture in all aspects of the business from the glamorous side of buying to the all important pinning up of trouser hems, continuing to sew for herself at every given opportunity. Aly shares her time between tutoring and running her business as a designer maker with her own small range of clothing and accessories. Aly loves sharing her skills with the emphasis of the classes being a shared enjoyment and the pleasure of giving someone the confidence that a piece of material can be made into something by themselves.
Helen is an enthusiastic crochetter. Having been taught by her mother many years ago, she enjoys embellishing her clothes and home with her modern takes on this classic skill.
Emma is a Patchwork and Quilter who has over 25 years experience and is a self-confessed material addict. Initially self taught her first quilt was hand pieced and quilted on a hand cranked Singer but this quickly led to an obsession with the craft, its techniques and of course material! Emma has studied a City & Guilds in design where she specialised in Patchwork and Quilting before completing a City & Guilds teaching certificate. Emma has been teaching Patchwork and Quilting for over 10 years at both the community level and as a freelance teacher in the South West. Her greatest joy is now undoubtedly welcoming and encouraging new addicts into the fold.
Linda Miller BA Hons. Has been a professional embroiderer since she graduated from Winchester school of art in 1988.
Working from the Sorting Office Studios in Eastleigh, Hampshire, Linda Miller makes one-off, framed and unframed Machine Embroideries using an industrial Bernina 950 sewing machine. She embroiders onto heavy weight cotton using a wide selection of viscose, cotton, silk and metallic threads.
Using her distinctive, unique style she creates rich, colourful, naïve and humorous embroideries which contain figures set in the outdoors, always smiling and usually depicted within a story.
Her work is successfully exhibited throughout the UK Europe and the USA. She has pieces held in public and private collections such as those of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Arts Council South East. Her book entitled “Creative Machine Embroidery” was published in 2010 by A&C Black and she has appeared on Kirsty Allsop’s television program “Kirsty’s Handmade Britain” which was aired in autumn of 2011.
Jenny is a tailored lampshade maker. She uses traditional methods to make her beautiful shades, often with a modern twist. She particularly enjoys experimenting with different techniques and styles. Her work also involves bringing new life to old frames by stripping them back, repairing and then remodelling them in luxurious fabrics such as vibrant silks, tweeds and tartans. These result in statement pieces much more than just lampshades. Jemmy loves what she does and hopes she can inspire others too.