Sew Together is run by me, Jan Grafton. I moved to Timsbury in 2015 and have enjoyed settling into Hampshire life. In 2014 I decided to take early retirement, I have taught textiles and food technology for more than 35 years in state Secondary Schools but felt I needed to explore other directions to allow me time to spend more time with my family and nurture my own creativity.
I was born into a family of sewers and my grandmother introduced me to a lifelong love of creative hobbies; I can remember cutting and making doll’s clothes in my bedroom from about the age of 8. I continued to explore with textiles and was always making something, eventually pursuing it through school and college. I always knew that retirement wasn’t going to mean giving up work completely but an opportunity to pursue new ventures; so the last two years have been spent exploring what is important to me and deciding on the right path.
I have taught Textiles to GCSE and A’ level and recently examined A’ level for AQA examination board. Whilst I have a wealth of experience in this field I cannot claim to be an expert at everything sewing related but I have a ‘can do’ attitude and will aim to help students to solve problems that arise.