Exciting Workshops from Gilly Bee
Exciting Workshops from GillyBee

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A new sewing shop with a difference has just opened in Brundall and a special celebrity seamstress came to cut the ribbon.

Great British Sewing Bee winner Heather Jacks officially launched GillyBee Designs in Cucumber Lane on Saturday, October 24.

A self-confessed fanatical stitcher, Heather won the 2014 series of the BBC television programme and agreed to come over from Leicestershire to help open the shop.

GillyBee Designs will stock fabrics and wool, ribbon, buttons and other haberdashery items, along with her own sewn creations, along with crafts such as art and jewellery from local producers at the front of the shop, while at the back will be a workshop area where Gilly will teach a range of sewing classes.

Having worked as a personal assistant at UEA, Gilly took voluntary redundancy a year ago and used the money to get her sewing business of the ground.

“My grandmother was a court dressmaker, who worked in a London Fashion House and she taught me to sew,” she said.

“She taught my dad as well and he used to make our clothes. That’s where I got the bug. Since then I have always wanted to teach people to sew.”

Having held sewing workshops in a village hall for the last year, Gilly really wanted her own space to teach small groups.

Five-week courses for six people cater for absolute beginners, to those who want to improve their skills or take on a specific project.  There is also a Sewing Café on Thursday evenings where sewing enthusiasts can come along to improve their skills on a project of their choice.

Gilly is also running Christmas-themed workshops for making an advent calendar or a personalised Christmas stocking.

Further dates will be released shortly for workshops and courses.

She said: “When I was growing up it wasn’t fashionable to make your own clothes and that means there are lots of people who can’t sew. But there is a real appetite for it now.”

For more information, please visit http://gillybee.co.uk or call 07419 131287.

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