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Debbie - I learnt to sew on a Singer treadle machine in my primary school staff room, my teacher was an accomplished dressmaker, who volunteered to come in once a week, we made aprons. I then went on to do Needlework and Dress at ‘O’ Level and was given my first sewing machine at the age of 18.

Over twenty years later I stumbled upon a very small patchwork shop in Petersfield run by Heock, a Korean lady, and for six months I had one to one tuition in her shop and progressed from a cushion to cot quilt to full size double bed quilt which I got Long Arm quilted.

By chance one Sunday when I had been teaching swimming at Kings International College in Frimley I stumbled across an exhibition by Heather Quilters at that time chaired by Julia Gahagan she had established a range of quilting workshops and classes at Yateley School which I attended for over a year together with a class run by Christine Thomas in Camberley.

Self-Portrait of Debbie

For the last four years I have been a City and Guild’s student and in June 2008 will hopefully have completed the Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting. Sounds corny, but these courses have changed my life in many ways. Through meeting so many inspirational people I have developed a creative side of my personality that lay previously undiscovered. 

My niche within Loose Threads is in using unusual materials, recycling wherever possible and I love to experiment. I am looking forward to taking the techniques I have dabbled in so far a little further and producing a personal portfolio of stitched pieces. Eventually I would like to get more involved in teaching “stitched stuff” by passing on my skills to youngsters through schools or clubs. My personal objective is to win a Bernina in a competition so I guess I had better start entering…

More of Debbie's Work

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