We are going LIVE…

LIVE & Learn with The Wise Old Owl

We are excited to announce that special guest Clare Campbell from the Wise Old Owl will be talking LIVE to our Beginner Sewing group on Facebook! A Q&A will be available after her presentation as well.

Clare CampbellOwner of The Wise Old Owl

The Details

Wednesday, April 21: 9:00 am  EST

This event will take place as a Facebook event.

Cost:  Free

A Note From Clare

I live in Edinburgh, Scotland, with my husband Malcolm.  I’m Edinburgh born and bred having lived here all of my life (except for a brief spell in London in my 20s)  Malcolm is from Dundee originally and moved around quite a bit as an adult before settling in Edinburgh, and we’re excited to be celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary at the end of April.

Back in late 2017, I took some time away from work to recover from surgery.  During this time I dabbled in crafts as a way to relax starting with coloring-in, drawing, and painting, before taking up hand-sewing.  I made a felt garland as a gift for my sister Fiona, who lives in Somerset, depicting motifs from her home and village.  She loved it so much and suggested that I go into business as a way to share and enjoy my crafts.  I set up my Facebook page and my Etsy shop and waited for the orders to flood in.  Nothing!  But I wasn’t to be put off so easily and I kept making and sharing on social media.  Eventually, I plucked up the courage to attend a local craft fair and had a great time meeting and chatting with customers and fellow artisans.

On a trip home to Dundee, my husband came by his Grandmother’s old Toyota sewing machine.  We have no idea how old it is, perhaps 30 years or more.  He brought it home and we set it up.  Without any instructions, I turned to the internet and found the exact model and booklet.  The machine ran like a dream and I began to expand my sewing skills making gifts and fancies for the home.  By this time I had decided not to return to the workplace and I threw myself full time into my business.

I’m self-taught, having never enjoyed the sewing lessons I had at school.  I have a fat quarter sewing book and I turn to the internet and YouTube for guidance and ideas.  I struggle to read sewing patterns, never fully understanding what the instructions mean.  So more often than not I’ll design pieces myself.  I love to work out how something is made, unraveling the process and then piecing it all together.  I adore browsing for fabrics and choosing prints and patterns, trims, and finishes.  For me, sewing is a passion that I’ve discovered later in life.  It’s great fun, a fantastic way to meet people, and gives me a huge amount of pleasure.

You can find out more about me and The Wise Old Owl on my website: thewiseoldowlstore.com

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created www.beginner-sewing.com. An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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