Lost art of sewing being taught to children in Cheltenham
THE lost art of sewing is being taught to children across Cheltenham in a bid to put them in touch with their creative side.
Mum-of-two Emma Puschnik last year gave up her 10-year career in financial services to start her own business teaching youngsters how to sew.
Emma wanted to try something new to help with the family budget, without losing valuable time with her two young children, Rosie, seven, and Ava, three.
Two workshops and a City and Guilds course later, and Emma is the owner of a blossoming new business venture.
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"Sewing is something I feel passionately about and I started out wanting to pass on my passion to my daughter," she said.
"Rosie liked it so much she told all of her friends and they wanted to learn too.
"I started to hold workshops and sewing clubs at Lakeside School, Rowanfield School and Leisure@Cheltenham and word has spread – it's got really popular.
"There are lots of sporting activities for children to do, which is great, but not a lot of opportunity to get them into their creative side. Hopefully my sewing club and the taster sessions will help to change all that."
Emma picked up a City and Guilds qualification in fashion design and dress making in Hereford.
She has started a new sewing club at Lakeside School, where she is passing on her hard-earned knowledge to children, eager to learn new skills.
Children can sign up to the course to learn how to follow patterns and use a sewing machine.
If successful, the course will be extended to adults next year.
The classes at Lakeside School, Up Hatherley, take place on Saturdays from 9.30amto 10.30am and at the St Phillip and St John church hall from 4pm until 5pm.
For more information visit Craftymiss.co.uk or call 07967 610063.