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Neil has been around the sewing trade since 1976, joining his fathers business in Leicester, and is an expert on technical issues for all makes and model of sewing machine. He is the 'CEO' of the business, and as well as taking care of the technical side on sewing and software, acts as Managing and Financial Director of the business. He also looks after the education customers providing support in the field to schools, Universities and colleges all over the East Midlands, and co-ordinates the 3 exhibitions at the NEC. He helps out in the shop as well, so you will often see him around. Neil says " being in the trade for so many years, I have seen many a thing come and go, but still love the challenge of keeping up with new hi tech products, and keeping our customers happy."
They say that behind every successful man there is a a great woman, and this is certainly the case with Rosemary! As well as keeping her man fed and watered, she takes care of the day to day running of the shop, and training centre, as well as writing the newsletters, course brochures and adverts! To relax she swims..... and sews of course! She loves using her DESIGNER EPIC™and HUSKYLOCK™ s21 for projects and dressmaking, and of course for shortening her husbands trousers!
Deborah has been with us some 6 years now and balances a busy home life and part time working here. Se has retail management experience with Next and of course loves sewing! Deborah has an DESIGNER TOPAZ™ 40 and S15™ Overlocker.
Lee joined us in September 2009 as an apprentice sewing machine engineer. Under Neil's guidance he is becoming very dexterous with all makes of machines, but is especially good with the Designer range of machines. From Neil's point of view it is nice to have another bloke about the place to even up the numbers a little, and to be able to talk about football and cricket!
Gilli Theokritoff is an experienced quilter and teacher and has won awards for her contemporary quilts. She loves traditional piecing too and is keen to encourage new quilters with her lively and engaging classes. Gilli started her career as a shoe designer, moved into knitwear, designing for exclusive London stores and later for yarn companies such as Rowan. Eventually she discovered her true passion, patchwork, while bringing up her children. (They are very handy with a sewing machine too!) She now teaches around the country and occasionally exhibits her work. She has been invited to represent our local Quilters Guild region in an exhibition for emerging talent, called “In the Spotlight” at this year’s Festival of Quilts in August.
Ellie is our goods in/out lady so will process your orders when not instore, as well as doing her best to ensure we don't run out of anything! She also arranges shipping so you may speak to her to arrange the return of your repair. Ellie loves all things sewing and is a keen hand stitcher and crocheter, as well of course as using an EMERALD™ 116.
Anna is a keen sewer and embroiderer, and came to us from Comet. She has a great knowledge of all things computer and happily gives advice on embroidery software and computer issues, and teaches embroidery software courses.
Catherine has been with us some years now and is our dressmaking expert, and can give advice on all aspects of garment construction. She owns a Designer Ruby and embroidery software.
Kathleen Laurel Sage - Textile Artist
Kathleen Laurel Sage Kathleen is a freelance textile artist, designer and enthusiastic embroiderer. Her work ranges from conventional items through relief to exciting three dimensional pieces. Kathleen produces a wide range of embroidered structures which include floral vases and fashion accessories in the form of bags and unique jewellery.
Jill Dean -Soft Furnishings
Jill has been teaching at Husqvarna Studio for over 7 years. Initially on behalf of People's College, but exclusively for the Studio for the last 2 years. Jill enjoys making all kinds of items for the home including creative stitching. She teaches students of all abilities, whether just learning to measure up for a curtain to complex swags and tails!