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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for February 2011

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore Featured Artist of the Month

I discovered her work thanks to sewing shows on Ideal World but for those of you who haven’t yet found Debbie Shore, here is a little more about her and her work.

Who you are: 

My name’s Debbie Shore

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 Debbie: I live in Northamptonshire with 2 of my 3 grown-up children, my photographer husband, two cats and two dogs.

What you do:

Debbie; I’m a presenter on the shopping channel Ideal World, where I’ve spent the last eight years, but began my career in television some 26 years ago on Children’s ITV. The middle years have been filled with commercials, corporate video and a bit of acting.

What got you started in your creative journey?

Debbie: Crafting has always been part of my life, from an age too early to remember I was sewing dolls clothes and making houses from shoe boxes, to modelling scenery for my model zoo from paper mache! But it’s the sewing that I enjoy more than anything. I love the feel of fabric, the texture and colours, and even more I love the way you can transform a room by adding colour and warmth. I like to figure out how things are made and replicate that at home, and I like to save money on shop prices!

What inspires you: 

Debbie; A piece of beautiful fabric really inspires me to get creative with small projects like cushion covers to the nail-breaking task of upholstery.

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Debbie;  If money were no object for me, I’d spend my day making soft furnishings for yachts in the Caribbean, and I’d invite you all over for workshops!

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Debbie; I am so lucky in my job that I can indulge my passion for sewing and be paid for it, but the most satisfying thing is to inspire others to dig out that old sewing machine from the loft and be confident enough to use it.

Links

To find out more about Debbie and her work, please visit her website, details below. 

I have a lovely bunch of members on my website Shortcuts to Sewing please feel free to visit, and chip in if you wish!

Debbie x

Many thanks to Debbie Shore, for being our Featured Artist of the Month for February 2011.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

***Updates***

Debbie has just opened a new website called Thimble Lane and now also has videos on You Tube and a shop on Ebay. For more details and links, please vist;

Updated 12 November 2011.

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Welcome Back     

In today’s post I will be reviewing; Debbie Shore’s DVD     

Sew What     

Why I bought the DVD  

Back in the 1980’s I’d done a little sewing at school, but have done almost none since. Being a total novice to sewing but really wanting to get to grips with my new machine, when this DVD was advertised on a UK shopping channel Ideal World, it looked just right for me.     

Sew What?  DVD by Debbie Shaw

Sew What? DVD by Debbie Shaw

Pros/Cons

This is a great DVD for anyone sitting in front of a sewing machine for the first time. If you have been given a sewing machine, even with an instruction book, it can be very bewildering. This DVD introduces you to sewing machines, explains how to thread them and their bobbins and takes you around the various parts of the machine so you know what you are looking at. Later in the DVD there are tutorials for altering and repairing clothes. At the end is are  great tutorials for making a cushion and a  tote bag.  There is information about choosing tools and accessories for sewing, as well as choosing fabrics and threads too. 

If you have a sewing machine in the loft, that you would like to use but haven’t a clue where to start, this is the DVD for you. If you have lost the manual to your machine and would like to try to use the machine again, this DVD should get you going.     

I don’t really have any negative points for this DVD, I was not personally interested in the alterations section of the DVD, but when I have had more practice with my new sewing machine, that is likely to change, so later on that section is likely to be more valuable to me.     

Value for Money  

Excellent! If you have a new machine, that came with its own DVD for how to set it up, then you will find some information is going over what you had on that. BUT if you have no instructions with your machine or are bewildered by the books you have, then Debbie is a reassuring teacher who will take you by the hand and demystify the whole process.     

Would I buy it Again?  

Yes and would recommend it to anyone interested in sewing but too ashamed to ask for help. Not everyone has access to a friend or relative who sews.     

Summing up  

Truly a great investment! I was intimidated by my new machine, full of enthusiasm, but not a clue where to start. This DVD has given me the confidence to have a go and has so much useful information, well presented by Debbie, it is like having your own personal tutor on hand whenever you need her. The great thing about DVDs is that if you don’t understand something on the first pass, you can rewind as often as you like and Debbie will tell you again ;)     

If you want to start to sew, I would definitely recommend this DVD! Not patronizing, just helpful and informative, it takes you from day one and expects no prior knowledge of the subject :) :) The way Debbie presents this, it is like having your best friend (who sews) round to show you what to do, she makes sewing FUN. Thanks Debbie :)     

Links  

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon     

Billie :)

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