Go behind the scenes at The Handmade Festival and meet the makers bringing their passion and skills to you in September.

Sophia Palmer will be hosting Workshop in the Janome Sewing Studio where you can learn basic sewing machine skills and techniques to improve your sewing.

  • Sophia Palmer

Sophia has been sewing since she was tiny and now teaches children and adults all things textile in her Sewing School in North Dorset. When she’s not teaching she’s in the studio writing projects for magazines, working on bespoke commission work or sewing personalised gifts through her sister company Jessalli Handmade.


What are you most looking forward to at the festival

Meeting workshop attendees and seeing my crafty friends. We don’t get to be in one place very often and it’s a great social event to catch up and bounce creative ideas around. 


What has been your best ever project or make?

My best projects are always working with brands and creating projects and samples. It tests my creative thinking and always pushes me to try new things. I love it. 


Do you have a favourite material to work with?

I have two favourite materials, the first in my free motion work, Bondaweb and textured cottons. My second is in dressmaking, jersey! I’m obsessed with it. 


What is the biggest disaster you have had?

Possibly catching a jumpsuit crotch in my overlocker! It’s still there, if I undo it, I’ll be left with a huge hole! The fabric cost me a fortune and I still think about it every time I wear it. 


What’s your go to snack when you need a break?

Always a Chocolate HobNob! They’re the best biscuit ever invented. 


Are there any skills you would like to try?

I still haven’t mastered crochet and I’d love to have a go. And maybe Macrame? It looks so relaxing. 


What would feature in your motivational playlist?

“I’m still Standing” by Elton John and of course “I'm a Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. 


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