and books by Claire Shaeffer and Roberta Carr. However, I need guidance. I am a visual learner, and though the books give you an idea, I need to see someone do something, for it to really stick in my head. When Craftsy offered the Couture Dress class with Susan Khalje, I did not even blink. I purchased it straight away. I have learned a great deal from that class, and I continue to learn from it every time I watch it.
Which got me thinking.
Why don't we have established sewing teachers like they have in the States? Oh don't get me wrong, I am sure we have experts as well, but why do we not know of them? Anyone who is new to sewing and blogging, will undoubtedly read about Susan Khalje, Claire Shaeffer, Kenneth King and Sandra Betzina within 1 day of reading blogs. I am still to read about someone based in the UK who is spoken of with the same reverence reserved for the above mentioned experts. I know ages ago we had Ann Ladsbury, and that, is because of the numerous books she authored. What about the experts of today?
Not long ago, Karen posted about her experience, taking sewing lessons from Beth. Now that is the kind of tuition I am looking for. One of those experiences you really want to have. I don't mind shelling out a few of the Queen's faces to get good quality guidance from a sewing expert. But where are they?
I wonder if the lack of visible sewing experts is due to the fact that we do not have as many craft TV channels as they do in the US. There is not enough promotion of sewing as a craft in the UK in my opinion. Then again, maybe I have not done enough research. Which goes back to my earlier point. In the US, anyone interested in sewing and sewing blogs does NOT have to look hard to identify the experts. In the UK, I HAVE to look hard, and I still have not found one.
Taking sewing classes from my local college is all well and good, but I don't want that. I have never been on one, and I don't want to take one because from what I have read, you have to sew what the instructor wants you to, depending on the season. I want to sew my own thing when I want, and all I want, is guidance. So back to my question, where are our UK experts? Has anyone taken a course with a sewing expert they would recommend? If yes, could you let me know which one?
Have a nice weekend everyone.