The Sewing Room is the idea of Australian Artist Penelope Leonard. With her love of fashion and textiles that started as a child growing up in the ‘70s her childhood was filled with making and doing.
She was influenced by the rich spectrum of arts and crafts that were available from the patchwork quilts made from scraps of fabric and old doilies, and animals made from felt; to the fashion of corduroy pinafores, knitted ponchos, and embroidered appliqués skirts.
Nostalgic of the time spent with her mother on a Sunday afternoon as she taught her to sew. The Sewing Room combines all the things she loves and it is a space people can enjoy spending time and interacting with like minded people. In times gone by women would come together to sew, knit and embroidered which gave them a sense of belonging to a community. The sewing room is about sewing classes in a friendly environment where people can come together to sew and chat. A place to feel comfortable to ask questions and to begin an exciting new project. It’s all about starting a sewing community and developing an interest in making your own cloths.