Community Sewing workshop: Learn new skills for a brighter future

GB4
Posted October 14, 2020 from United Kingdom

 Hello, I'm Glenda and I studied Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University followed by being a Buyer for Marks & Spencer for 3 years. I subsequently studied for a PGCE and have been teaching Art and Design & Textiles (20 years) in schools, colleges in London and further education in Hertfordshire.   

As time progressed, I developed my own design and sewing workshop business in my local community, Stitch Amazingly: www.stitchamazingly.com, which started off in humble beginnings 5 years ago from my dining room and then we expanded to my local church annexe. Stitch Amazingly has evolved into a sewing club for my many students who have been attending for some years. They have expressed their love, enjoyment and the benefits of attending, from learning a new skill to just chilling out from their intense and busy career/life or other challenging areas of their lives. Some of my students have worked on up-cycling their wardrobe which was a positive way forward in reducing fabric waste, saving money and making it into something new!  

I am passionate about teaching and supporting my students with the development of their own independent creativity. I work with small groups to help build on community spirit, inspire friendships as well as nurturing their mental wellbeing, especially now during the pandemic.   I also would also like to continue mentoring young people who would like to pursue a future in the fashion, interior design and textiles world.  Another passionate reason for this project is to continue supporting the UK’s design and textile industry, especially now during these difficult times, and also to reduce the carbon footprint.    I aim to help support the young potential, ethical minded designers, working with both women and men who would be given the opportunity of community support through an activity whilst learning a new skill and forming new friendships.    I will also strive to work on ethical and sustainable projects to maintain the drive to a greener planet, working with charities such as Crisis, on projects to teach and help the unskilled homeless people back on their feet to help carve a future for themselves.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any more information or if you would like to join one of my workshops. Zoom sessions are in the pipeline. 

 I look forward to hearing from you and I thank you in advance for your donation which will help so many. 

  Take care and stay safe.

  Glenda 

www.stitchamazingly.com 

 

       

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Charylove
Oct 14
Oct 14

Keep the good ma'am. I started learning how to sew but gave up along the way due to other commitments.
I will be following your posts

GB4
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hi Charylove,
Thanks for your lovely message.
Great! I'll be posting on my blog page and on World Plus, my projects and top sewing tips.
Take care and stay safe.
Glenda

Charylove
Oct 15
Oct 15

I really would appreciate that. Thanks and remain blessed.

GB4
Oct 15
Oct 15

You’re welcome
Have a lovely day.

Nini Mappo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hello Glenda,
Wow, you were a buyer for Marks & Spencer. That's cool. I think it takes so much creativity to influence fashion trends. It's no wonder your training in sewing it a hit. I sew a bit myself, because I believe all the nice clothes are overpriced ha ha.
I like the idea of your design projects because I thought such things are only needed in developing economies, but your post makes me think of how despite different backgrounds, we have so much in common, like how stitches meet together when you hem a garment.
I think I had better quit before I think of another strange seamstress metaphor ha ha.
It's lovely to hear of your work, and how much your vision is supporting others in your community. Good on you ;)

GB4
Oct 18
Oct 18

Hi Nini,
Thank you for your lovely message.
Yes, I've had a very varied life in the arts so far.
I'll keep everyone posted on my progress and add my Top Tips for design and sewing on my blog.
Take care and stay safe.
Glenda

Andrace
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hi Glenda,
A warm welcome to World Pulse and congratulations on sharing your first post. This is where you belong and the place to be indeed. I am sure World Pulse sister, Jill Langhus, founder of Liluye, would be excited to connect, because she has a passion for sustainable and ethical products too. Of course, some other sisters here do as well.

I am inspired that you "work with small groups to help build on community spirit, inspire friendships as well as nurturing their mental well-being, especially now during the pandemic." Thank you for all you do. I also love your commitment to the youth which I opine, would especially empower girls economically.

Additionally, I like the name of your outfit and I've visited your website. I think it is so cool. I look forward to the online sewing lessons you mentioned.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

GB4
Oct 18
Oct 18

Hi Andrace,
Thank you for your lovely message about my post.
I believe it is so important to teach, encourage as well as mentoring other women (and men) from all areas of our community especially deprived areas.
I love my work and helping others too.
I am currently helping my Mum rediscover her sewing skills as she journeys through her illness of dementia.
It was painful to learn that my Mum was diagnosed with the illness, however with time and support from the dementia specialist, I have found lots of ways to support my Mum. Many challenges, however one of the secrets that I tapped into was to re introduce and eventually engage my Mum on working on a mini sewing project: to make a purse to place her face mask ( I made her).
I have documented a small part of us working together on my website blog page. We smile and laugh as we work.
I will continue to add my Top Tips for design and sewing on my website blog.
I look forward to connecting with from Jill Langhus, founder of Liluye.
Thanks so much again for your lovely words.
Have a lovely sunny day.
Glenda

Andrace
Oct 18
Oct 18

Oh, Glen. Sorry about your Mum. It is such a cool opportunity to be her caregiver. What a creative way you came up with to engage her. Thank you for your service and for sharing too. It is an honour to care for our senior citizens, because we're all aging, whether we choose to admit it or not.

Thank you for all you do to help others. Trust me to keep an eye on your awesome site, Sis.

Enjoy a rewarding week ahead. :)

Love and hugs,
E. J.

GB4
Oct 18
Oct 18

Thank you for your kind words and support E.J.
I hope you have a great week too.
Best wishes,

Glenda