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Lorna has craft market all sewn up with film classes

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 01, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

Sewing expert Lorna Knight, who has just made a film in America and is also to open a new workshop centre in Bradnop.

Sewing expert Lorna Knight, who has just made a film in America and is also to open a new workshop centre in Bradnop.

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A FORMER Leek teacher has spent a week in America making a film featuring her sewing skills.

Lorna Knight taught at Churnet View Middle School, but left the classroom in 1998 to set up her own business making one-off garments and teaching people to sew.

Since then, although she continues to run hands-on sewing workshops in various parts of the country, she has moved into writing.

Now sewing expert Lorna, who lives in Ipstones, has spent a week in Denver, Colorado, making a film for Craftsy.

Craftsy is an American company producing interactive video-style classes to buy and view in viewers' own time.

They offer classes in painting, knitting, cake decorating and sewing.

With over two million clients worldwide, Craftsy offers the chance to learn new skills.

Film-making, however, is an entirely new experience for Lorna who said she was nervous about being in front of a camera.

She said: "I needn't have worried though the production team were incredibly patient and explained how things worked and which camera to look at and when.

"They made it much easier for me than I expected."

Lorna is currently the only British sewing tutor working for Craftsy.

Her class, 'The Iconic Tweed Jacket', takes amateurs through the process of making a Chanel-style jacket in 10 lessons.

The steps include fitting, matching checks and construction over three-and-a-half hours of class instruction by Lorna.

Any questions viewers may have can be posted online and will be answered by Lorna herself within 48 hours. She has also just finished writing her sixth book 'Complete Dressmaking Skills' which will be on sale from February 2014.

Having recently gained planning permission, Lorna is now in the process of setting up her own local sewing studio in Bradnop.

She recently won planning permission from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to convert an old barn

She said "When the barn, at Ox Haye Farm came up for sale, I just knew it was an ideal place to run sewing workshops.

"It is on a main route. It has plenty of parking and the building will make a perfect studio."

Internal building and renovation started earlier this month and plans are in place to start running workshops at the premises from summer 2014.

As well as welcoming local people to classes she is expecting visitors from further afield.

Lorna added: "Having run workshops in various parts of the country, including the V&A museum where I've even had students from Europe and Japan, I am always being asked about when and where I'm offering sewing tuition.

"This means that with my sewing studio at Bradnop, and its adjacent holiday cottage, people can come along to attend courses and appreciate the lovely Staffordshire Moorlands at the same time."

For more information about Lorna's workshops and books contact: Lorna Knight www.lornaknight.com

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