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Teacher Bios


Our founder, Lisa Falconer, has been an avid sewist since childhood. She loves to spend time in her studio developing sewing patterns and teaching the incredible art of sewing.

Lisa’s mantra is “enjoy the whole journey; she will teach you how to enjoy each stage of creating a garment, from preparing the fabric, pinning and cutting to finally sewing. Each of these are integral parts of the process, and she loves to inspire an appreciation for each of these stages. She’ll teach you essential skills, tips and tricks, and you’ll have a great time along the way. 


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




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. 



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. 
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.


Interested in teaching at The Avid Seamstress HQ? 

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