On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about teaching children to sew with my guest, Annabel Wrigley.
Annabel Wrigley is an Australian mom, author, and designer living in rural Virginia. She owns Little Pincushion Studio, a space where she teaches children everything they need to know in order to go forth and conquer the world of sewing and creating. When she’s not teaching, she’s working on her “We Love to Sew” series of books published by C&T publishing. She also teaches classes on Creativebug and designs fabric for Windham Fabrics.
We begin by talking about Annabel’s move from Sydney, Australia, to a town in rural Virginia and her career shift from nurse to business owner. Annabel explains how she started her business, the progression from teaching students out of her home to using her garage as a classroom to finally renting space in a building downtown.
If you’re interested in teaching children (or adults) to sew, Annabel shares helpful tips about how to keep the classroom organized, how to teach basic sewing techniques, and how to cater instruction to students working at different levels.
Annabel has a fantastic trailer (which she’s named Penelope) that is a mobile sewing studio. She explains how she outfitted it and the role it plays in her business. We also talk about her books, teaching for Creativebug, and her fabric line with Windham.
And, of course, I ask Annabel to recommend great stuff she’s loving right now. Annabel recommends:
- the Purl Soho seed stitch wrap
- Sherri Lynn Wood’s book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters
- the Eversewn sewing machine, which she says is the ideal sewing machine for children
Today’s episode is sponsored by art street collective. Visit artstreetcollective.com to find books and DVDs on surface design, art quilting, bead embellishment and more by some of today’s top fiber and quilt artists. Also, be sure to check out the Art Street Collective coloring books which range from whimsical and cartoonish to Celtic knots and kaleidoscopes. Visit the art street collective website to see all the books available.
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