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I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED sewing and being creative with a piece of fabric. After my second child was born, I wanted a career, which would allow me to embrace my creative side, run a business and give me more time with my young family. I also wanted a contrast to my earlier career as a Food Technologist.

So, with babe in arms, I took my City & Guilds exams, in soft furnishing, upholstery and interior design and, once qualified, Farmhouse Workshops was born.

I started with soft furnishings and Interior design but quickly realised that I wanted to pass on my experience as well. I was asked to teach at the local Adult Education centre and quickly expanded to teach in three other centres. I was also a tutor on a City & Guilds correspondence course as well as for the Kent Children's University. During this time I took my teaching certificate at Canterbury and a Clait Computer course.

I have now brought the classes 'in-house' to a studio in the grounds of a 15th Century homestead close to Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Throughout this time, I have been ably helped by Jo Peters. She is a very experienced needlewoman and has 25 years' experience as a skilled soft furnisher and dressmaker. She will be teaching some of the classes and all the dress making classes.

For further information or to make an enquiry, please call 01892 547517 or send an email to:



Learn to make
your own curtains, cushions, blinds or light upholstery with expert help
in a friendly atmosphere and attractive surroundings