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The Sewing Weekender 2018 – Sewing speakers and workshops!

It’s now only a couple of months until The Sewing Weekender! We are very excited to announce all the talented Sewing speakers and helpers who will be joining us over the weekend. We are also excited to announce the workshop available to attendees during the weekend.

To find out more about this weekend, check out The Sewing Weekender page for all the details. For attendees, we will be sending you the itinerary and all the details you need soon.

Sewing speakers and helpers

To help you with your sewing projects and/or give a talk about sewing, we have the following talented ladies on Saturday and Sunday!

Karen Ball, Did You Make That?

Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Bagging A Sewing Book Deal”

Ever fancied turning your blog, vlog, feed or podcast into a book? Find out the mechanics of writing a non fiction book proposal, how to talk publisher, understand contracts and manage the writing process for a commercial non fiction book. With industry insights and expertise from Karen of Did You Make That – a veteran of publishing and blogging, and soon-to-be-author of a new sewing book.

Find out more about Karen: Blog, Instagram, YouTubeFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest.







Harriet Johnson, Hobbling Handmades

Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Loved Clothes Last

Harriet will be talking about caring for your handmade clothes so that they last longer. She will talk us through why it’s easier to make our clothes last longer when we’re making them ourselves, and steps that we can take during the making process to help preserve them such as making a ‘mending kit’ for everything we make and choosing the right quality fabrics. She will also go through the three key elements of clothing care – washing, mending and storage.
Find out more about Harriet: Blog, Instagram, YouTubeFacebookPinterest.

Frances Tobin, The Maker’s Atelier

Saturday Speaker

Title of Talk: “A brief history of sewing patterns and the evolution of fashion magazines.

Mass produced sewing patterns began in the 1850’s. This talk will touch on their fascinating history and how they influenced the growth of fashion magazines from then to today.

Find out more about Frances: Website, InstagramFacebookPinterest.




Sheona McMahon, Sewisfaction

Saturday Speaker

Title of talk: “What it’s really like to set up and run a fabric shop

Sheona from Sewisfaction, an online and bricks and mortar fabric shop and sewing studio, will be talking about what it’s like to set up and run your own fabric business and what really happens when your hobby turns into your career.

Find out more about Sheona: Website, Instagram, YouTubeFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest.


Gay Appleby, Loving The Fabric

Sewing Expert

Gay will be at The Sewing Weekender to help you with your projects. Sewing has been Gay’s life long passion.  She inherited her passion for textiles, fabrics and fashion from her artistic and fashionable mother. Gay studied Art History and French at university, travelling extensively in France, Britain and Italy.  She eventually settled in Britain and while raising three children, learned a “make do and mend” resourcefulness and indulged in her passion for vintage textiles and fashion.

Gay trained as a Design & Technology teacher in Britain in ’96, which led to teaching Art History and Textiles/Fashion. Teaching and studying fashion, fibres, garment construction, and textiles has provided her a unique and eclectic vision.  Gay ran a fashion fabric boutique loving the fabric, on Hill Rise in Richmond and is now working from her studio selling fabric and helping customers achieve their sewing and fashion goals.

Find out more about Gay: Website, Instagram, or on her mobile, 07936421985.



We are really excited this year to have Spoonflower provide workshops for all attendees of The Sewing Weekender.

The first company of its kind, Spoonflower was launched in 2008 in Durham, N.C. with the dream of empowering individuals to create, print and sell their own artwork on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Today, the Spoonflower community has grown to over 3.5 million creative individuals who use their own designs and the Spoonflower Marketplace to make curtains, quilts, clothing, bags, furniture, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. Located in Durham, N.C. & Berlin, Germany.

Spoonflower will be running workshops over the weekend for attendees to learn about fabric design.

The workshop will run for a couple of hours and attendees will be learning the basics of creating a seamless repeat by hand using all kinds of art supplies like markers, collage, watercolors, etc.

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