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Brierley Hill seamstress aims to take the mystery out of sewing
4:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A BRIERLEY Hill seamstress is hoping to pass on her passion to others through sewing classes at Wordsley’s Red House Glass Cone this autumn.
Jaki Thompson owns and runs Momma’s Workshop, based at the cone, where she sells aprons, bags, patchwork quilts and her signature piece – personalised bunting.
Mrs Thompson, a former textiles teacher at Dudley College, has always had a passion for sewing and the business developed after she re-covered an old director’s chair and draped it with 21 personalised pieces of bunting for her daughter’s 21st birthday.
Requests from family, friends and colleagues began to flood in and three years later she found herself so busy with commissions that she needed a dedicated workshop space.
She said: “I love having a studio here at the cone. Now I have a chance to dedicate my working week to doing what I love, sewing my own designs and making personalised items which will hopefully become family heirlooms.”
And after rearranging her studio to accommodate five sewing machines, Mrs Thompson is now offering classes, ranging from sewing for the terrified to upcycling, patchwork and quilting.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to starting my sewing classes in the autumn. I want people to lose their fear of sewing machines, get stuck in and make something really special.”
Councillor Tracy Wood, Dudley’s cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “Momma’s Workshop is a fantastic addition to the cone.
“Although her own work is very skilled, Jaki is able to take the mystery out of sewing and make it accessible and appealing for a generation who never even touched a sewing machine at school.”
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