Teacher Bios

Lisa Falconer

LISA FALCONER

Our founder, Lisa Falconer, has been in love with sewing since childhood. Lisa loves to spend time in her studio, teaching the incredible art of sewing, sourcing new products and developing the next Avid Seamstress pattern. She loves to chat to our amazing customers about our sewing patterns and welcomes all feedback to help us improve our products.

Lisa teaches the Beginners workshop, The Drop Sleeve Top workshop, The Blazer workshop plus the private sewing lessons whether in person or virtually.
 
Tessa Berry

TESSA BERRY

Tess just loves to sew and create.  She makes great baskets and bowls in cotton cord as well as having an extensive back catalogue of clothes, bags and furnishings. Enthusiastic about the therapeutic nature of sewing, Tess has organised several ‘afterwork clubs’ to teach sewing and other crafts to friends and colleagues. She recently worked in a London fabric and haberdashery store with sewing school where she would fill any teaching gaps and is a pattern tester for The Avid Seamstress.  

Take a look at Tessa’s online shop to see more of her cord creations MRS BERRY MAKES

Tess teaches the "Get Creative With Cotton Cord" workshop.

 

Charlotte Newland

CHARLOTTE NEWLAND

Charlotte Newland is an accomplished dressmaker, quilter and all-round crafter. She is the winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2016 and her quilts have received awards at QuiltCon and the Blogger's Quilt Festival. She lives in London with her husband, kids, dog, cat and sewing machines. Charlotte can be found online at charlottenewland.com

Charlotte teaches the "Learn To Sew Knickers" workshop.
Penny Follows

PENNY FOLLOWS

Penny Follows has been teaching for a number of years at John Lewis, RayStitch and from her studio in Chesham.  Penny was fortunate to be taught to sew at school by two enthusiastic teachers and also at home by her mother and two grandmothers.  She started to make her own clothes at aged eight.  Penny now makes bespoke clothing for her clients when she isn't teaching. 
Penny teaches the "Overlocker 1 - Learn to Love Your Overlocker" workshop and "Overlocker #2 - Make A Tilly & The Buttons Top Using Your Overlocker" workshop.
naomi skull

NAOMI SKULL

Naomi Skull is a self-taught seamstress who runs a small bridal dressmaking and alterations business from her home in Guildford. She has been a patron at many a sewing course over the years, so understands what students need and will benefit from. Most recently she studied Bridal wear at London College of Fashion. Naomi currently teaches students of all different levels from basic sewing skills to more advanced dressmaking techniques. She has a real passion for passing on the skills that she has learned over the years and seeing the joy that sewing and creating can bring to anyone, no matter what age or experience they have.

Naomi teaches the "Make The Blouse" workshop.
 

INTERESTED IN TEACHING AT THE AVID SEAMSTRESS? 

We're looking for passionate and creative teachers to teach a wide range of crafts at our studio. If you are interested and have something you'd love to share, send us an email at hello@theavidseamstress.co.uk or use our handy contact form here