I hated sewing at school and found that needlework teachers over the years were extremely frightening. I did dabble a bit at home for pleasure during my teens and early twenties but back then I favoured reading and knitting.
When I had to leave my banking job through ill health my friends recommended I join an adult education class so that I could meet new people. I had been interested in silk painting and one for mixed crafts. I did find my creative self hidden in there.
I believe that everyone has it in them too. It has been proven to me over the years, especially through our classes. I see people who have never threaded a needle and they walk out months later with a beautiful quilt. I continued exploring new crafts and happened across an article about Basildon Stitching Club. It was there I met the new friends who would change my life by introducing me to patchwork and quilting.
In 2005 I had the opportunity to buy a patchwork and quilting shop situated in Wat Tyler Park. A couple of years later I needed to relocate and was lucky enough to find studios at Barleylands Craft Village in Billericay. A good friend Janet who I had met at the bank was teaching bobbin lace and I invited her to come and hold classes here. At the same time I was looking for someone to teach patchwork and quilting, and that's when Jackie joined our team. We now run 14 classes in Lacemaking and patchwork quilting.
Basildon Stitching Club
The Basildon Branch of the Essex Handicraft Association meet on 1st and Thursday of each month from 7.30pm until 10.00pm at the George Hurd Centre, Audley Way, Basildon. For furthur information please contact Jan Harding on 01268762660 of me on 01268530071.
Keene Quilters meet at Stock Village Hall on 2nd and 4th Monday of the month from 1pm until 4pm. For furthur information please contact Mrs. Madeleine Howard on 012454778720.
Our next exhibition: Saturday 28th (10am-5pm) and Sunday 29th April 2018 (10am-4pm)
The Barley Barn at Slamseys, Blackley Lane Great Notley, Braintree CM77 7QW