My name is Gemma and I am the tutor for STITCH Bridgend. I am a professional dancer turned seamstress and started sewing full time nearly 6 years ago after I had my son (our mascot Fred ! ) and now run my own personal successful website & blog and my aim is to show others just how easy , CHEAP and fun social sewing can be ! I was lucky enough to be short listed for for the BBC TV programme The Great British Sewing Bee ( first one) and have recently been featured on Made By Rae , Homemaker Magazine , Love quilting , The buddy magazine & many many other publications.
Stitch Bridgend started with one small class of local mums and was based at Bridgend Recreation centre almost 3.5 years ago and now in 2015 has several weekly classes plus intensive courses with over 876 active students based at Brackla community centre & Ty Carnegie house art centre in Bridgend. From September of this year Stitch Bridgend will also have a mobile sewing class unit delivering workshops to local clubs , schools & events.
Sewing in 2015 is far from boring, patterns are now available online in PDF form to download instantly and come complete with full tutorials, video sites like YouTube are filled with millions of tutorials and help guides, and TV Programmes such as The great British sewing bee are more than fashionable, throw in some stunning up and coming fabric designers, Oriela Kelly, Michael Miller , Made by Rae , sew Caroline and Cath Kidston and gone are the visions of 70’s paisley brown curtains and those school sewn peg bags!
The great 'upcycle' movement is growing strong in the UK and the vintage vibe is very fashionable , fabrics are now more accessible and modern machines are far easier to use!
My Personal Goal is teach as many people to sew as possible , from all ages and backgrounds to bring everyone together with a common interest.
Our classes are based around a whole host of sewing skills whilst making friends and becoming a part of the amazingly supportive and friendly Stitch Bridgend student family.
Our Classes range from term time weekly evening & daytime beginner & intermediate courses , to 3 hour intensive courses on a whole range of subjects designed for all levels of ability. We also have an online course for those that live further afield.
We do not supply machines in classes, see our FAQ page for full details.
All of our classes are informal , relaxed and modern and designed to accommodate ages 16+CHILDREN'S CLASSES AGE 4+ ARE NOW AVAILABLE.