We've known each other forever! About 35 years now!
We first met at secondary school and at
age 14 both developed a keen interest in sewing and textiles and
took courses together in indigo dying and textile design at weekends. After both completing a
one year art foundation course in Farnham at what was West Surrey
College of Art and Design, Alice went on to Somerset College of Art to study textile
design and later ran the prestigious Liberty Sewing School at the famous store
in London. Ginny went on to Wimbledon School of Art to study costume and
enjoyed working as a freelance costume maker and supervisor and later within
higher education and youth theatres inspiring young people in all areas of
creating costumes for performances.
In 2001 , both now having 2 small children a piece, we decided to join forces and go into business. We set up our company folkydokee handmade and spent the next 7 years making a variety of textile gifts from recycled and vintage fabrics which we sold at fairs including Country Living fairs, House and Garden fairs, RHS Wisley and latterly, Hampton Court Flower Show.
In 2008 we were invited to put a proposal forward to write a project based sewing book with David and Charles. At the same time as this amazing opportunity came our way we were also offered some teaching work at a local Arts centre. So we changed
direction,waved goodbye to the business and began our collaboration as Alice and Ginny.
have now written three sewing/craft project books; 'Sew Fabulous Fabric' Sept 2008 and 'Home Sweet Sewn' Nov
2009 and Sewing
for Kids, April 2013 published by David and Charles and teach 5 regular weekly sewing classes as well as running one off sewing workshops and family activities at community events.
We are available to book for workshops, talks and demonstrations. We are both qualified tutors and hold CRB/DBS certificates.
Over the years our products have been featured in a number of magazines including, Country Living, House and Garden, Brides and Period Living and Traditional Homes. We have also had projects, features or reviews in; Homestyle Sewing ,The Craft seller,Cloth ,Sew Hip Homestyle Sewing, Love Patchwork and Sew Magazines. Some of our projects have also been included in Make me I'm Yours Cushions, Make me I'm Yours Simply Sewing, Make me I'm Yours Christmas and 'How to Sew' Book Set, All published by David and Charles.