Hi I’m Pippa, The Fabric Wrangler.
Welcome to my corner of the sewing world, I’m here to share all things sewing and the odd random recipe. Here’s a bit more about me…
As a dressmaker of over 20 years, creating anything from a penguin ski hat (think Wallace and Gromet) to wedding dresses and winter suits, I fell into teaching.
I had become Chair of a local Embroiderers guild which meant I organised sewing nights and projects to natter over. I loved the reaction of people who suddenly grasped the process of a French knot or sewing on a button that stayed in place. Seeing skills and confidence grow as students hone techniques, is one of my favourite things.
I trained and worked within Adult education for around 10 years, Teaching C&G in dressmaking, soft furnishing and creative textiles and developing my own approach. I saw which techniques were the stumbling blocks and where things could be ‘trimmed’. How learning something new took more than one approach. Helping people develop their style to build their own me-made wardrobe or creative journey.
Community over Competition
Friendships have been made within classes that go way beyond the classroom. Joining likeminded people together in a supportive community has been wonderful. The sewing community is a lovely place.
Sharing my skills with students in a creative environment, where they can develop at their own pace without pressure and with humour is one of my greatest joys. Tea and cake also feature quite a lot.
Ensuring techniques don’t disappear into the mists of time means that people will be able to create for the future, developing their own creative journey.