Q: How long have you been
living in Spain Jan?
Jan: About seven and a half years
Q: Have you always been creative?
Jan: Yes, Iīve sewed
since childhood, starting with dressmaking, then soft
furnishings for the home, before taking classes in patchwork
Q: When did you take up patchwork?
Jan: I joined a
patchwork group in the UK and made blocks for a large bed quilt,
but didnīt feel happy with the teaching so the blocks lay in a
cupboard unloved and unfinished for quite some time. Then
I moved to Spain, eventually met Rachel and we started up this
group in 2006, and she helped me finish the quilt.
you work solely in patchwork?
Jan: After buying a new
embroidery/sewing machine a few years ago, I really enjoy
automatic machine embroidery and often incorporate this in my
Q: Do you work alone or with
anyone else and where?
Jan: I meet with Kath on Mondays and stitch at
home where Iīm lucky enough to have a purposely adapted room where I do
my stitching. Another friend Alison comes here to stitch on
Fridays, a local Spanish lady Carmen comes here one evening a week, two
young girls come over once a month and Friday nights I teach a group of
Spanish ladies for the Womenīs Association in the village of Periana.
And of course there is the Viņuela Sew and Sews group which I attend
each Tuesday. You could say stitching is a big part of my life!
To see some of Janīs work visit her gallery