I love to sew, particularly dressmaking. It is a passion that I like to share.
I have been sewing since I was about 10 years old. I enjoy many aspects of sewing including clothing for myself and my family, home decor items, costumes, patchwork and quilting, lingerie, and machine embroidery. I enjoy teaching beginners and children to sew.
I hold Diplomas in Dressmaking, and Pattern Making & Drafting with the Brisbane Dressmaking Academy. I am also a Palmer Pletsch Fit teacher. Over the years I have undertaken numerous TAFE and sewing classes.
I am a member of the Australian Sewing Guild Scenic Sewers - Beaudesert group which meets here. In 2008 I attended National Convention in Brisbane and learned so much and had an absolutely wonderful week. There are groups Australia wide.
Previously I ran a made to order lingerie business with Mum, and owned and operated Beaudesert Sewing Centre/Fabric Patch and Scenic Blinds for 11 years with my husband Mark. I still run my blinds business under Blinds by Wendy.
In October 2015 we embarked upon a new venture and purchased The Old Laravale School just south of Beaudesert, in the picturesque Scenic Rim. Sewing With Wendy operates from my dedicated Studio, The Audrey Room, in the former school library. The school is also used for community groups and the like including The Scenic Rim Astronomy Assoc, Scrapbookers & Cardmakers, Scenic Sewers Group of the Australian Sewing Guild, and two film crews which was very exciting to be involved in.
We spent 18 months working on accommodation for small groups.
The Old Laravale School has been hosting sewing, quilting & papercraft retreats since Februray 2021.
Life is always busy at The Old Laravale School.