Julia Claridge – Founder and Chairman
I started sewing at the age of 6 or 7 having been introduced to it by my mum who made most of her own clothes. I instantly fell in love with sewing and have never really stopped since. After graduating as a fashion designer I have spent most of my career in garment design roles, from being a dressmaker, fashion designer and product developer. After a spell as a volunteer teacher in South Africa, I found a new love for teaching and now have happily combined these loves in my business Bobbins and buttons.
Sarah Wadey – Vice Chairman
I am the founder of Crafty Sew & So creative craft and sewing workshops. My passion is to bring out the creativity in everyone I meet through teaching sewing and hosting fun and informative project based workshops, private lessons and crafty parties at the Crafty Sew & So Studio and at venues around Leicestershire.
Jane Tuck – Team member
My Mum was a sewing teacher in Leicester so my love of sewing, art and crafts comes from her. I remember making a blanket stitched needle case with her at a very young age. I studied illustration many years ago at Demontfort University. As well as being a busy Mum I work for a local charity. My favourite type of sewing is Cross Stitch, not a day passes without me either working on something or planning my next creation.
Tori Matthews – Secretary
I’m a busy mum of 6 and discovered a love of sewing when I went along to a morsbag workshop about 7 years ago. My sewing is very much a hobby that fits around family life and I enjoy making things for our home. I am still very involved with morsbags, I love going to workshops to tryout new things and I also run a fat quarter swap group. I have made some fabulous friends through a shared love of sewing so being part of the Sew Sociable team is wonderful!
Tracy Corns – Team member
I started sewing at secondary school making clothes for my sister and I. My passion for sewing intensified after having my family. I love making items that no-one else has, making use of different combinations of fabrics. I worked as a research scientist for a while before retraining as a science teacher. Throughout my sewing journey I had noticed that the skills I use in science I also use for sewing. Now days I am enjoying combining both roles to teach dressmaking to others.
Emma Tsiatinis – Directory manager
I’m a crafty sewer. I started out with cross-stitch, but overcame the fear of a sewing machine a few years ago when I wanted to make a cushion from one of my cross-stitch pictures. I was hooked straight away but settled for making small items such as purses, bags, cushions and scented hearts that I can sell at craft fairs. Now, I’ve started to branch out into dressmaking. It’s early days but I’m loving it. Being a part of Sew Sociable is a great way to meet like-minded people at all levels of sewing and the monthly events are always something to look forward to.