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Students ready to compete in the next Sewing Bee

Folkestone Academy Sixth Form Art students took part in a textile workshop with Janet Robinson from Draft & Stitch in Folkestone. Students were first introduced to sewing through learning simple techniques, before developing their understanding of layering material, with many students having never used a sewing machine before. The workshop will further support the Fine Art students with their A-Level course and give them new skills to add extra dimensions to their designs and art pieces.

Janet Robinson is a qualified textile specialist and owns Draft & Stitch which is based in The Robing Room Studio at the Glassworks in the Creative Quarter of Folkestone.  She holds a number of training sessions and short courses in a variety of sewing faculties. More information on her work can be found at

Katherine Langley, Art teacher at Folkestone Academy, organised the event. She said:

“Our students were so engaged in the workshop delivered by Janet. It’s so important that students see it is possible to work as a practising artist in our local community.  They really enjoyed the practical elements of the workshop but also how Janet had interpreted their theme of ‘Beauty in Decay’.”

Megan, a sixth form student, said:

“This is the first time I’ve used a sewing machine before, and it was pretty easy to set up and start sewing the sample materials together. I’m definitely looking forward to using these skills in the future to make my own clothes.”