Shedloadsofcolour – Who Are They?

Shedloadsofcolour are a duo of two fantastic teachers; Julie and Liz, who specialise in sewing, textiles, crafting and creating.



My grandmother was a dressmaker and I was born at a time when it was still quite usual for people to maker their own clothes.  I remember my Mum making many of mine, so I suppose you could say that sewing is in the blood.  I made my first long dress for a Girl Guide Badge when I was only 10! My love for all things textiles has developed from there.  I took A level Needlework (as it was called in those days) and went on to study Home Economics at Ilkley College, in the heart of the British Textile and Wooden Industry.  I qualified as a Textile/Food Teacher and could not believe that my career would involve spending all day every day going things I really enjoyed!  I taught in schools for 37 years first in state schools and then more recently in the private sector, teaching GCSE & A Level throughout that time.


Like Julie, dressmaking and textiles runs in the family, my Mum was a tailors.  Having studied for a degree in Food and Textiles I taught in a number of secondary schools.  Eventually I was privileged to manage the Design and Technology team throughout Northamptonshire.  My career then took me into school management.  These positions did not always use my creativity.  As a creative person I have always enjoyed anything textiles from fashion to home interiors.  I am a keen maker and sometimes designer.  Ten years ago, I ‘created’ a studio in my garden to facilitate these pursuits and keep all the mess out of the house!  Retirement has allowed me to spend many more hours in my shed.


10th July – 17.30 – 20.30 – Earn your sewing machine driving licence – £30

17th July – 17.30 – 20.30 – Come and make a ‘humbug’ bag – £35

24th July – 17.30 – 20.30 – Make beach bags – £35

Booking is required for all events and prices include materials, tuition, refreshments and shopping time.

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