Deborah teaches a variety of classes during the week, all locally, in and around Tenterden in Kent.

Deborah says “I love teaching and passing on my knowledge and skills in
sewing and making soft furnishings. I have over 30 years teaching experience, in both schools and Adult Eduation, and I get tremendous satisfaction when students go away from my classes with a selection of beautiful items they have made themselves”.


As a tutor for Kent Adult Education, for almost 20 years, she teaches two classes in Tenterden on a Wednesday morning and evening. Called Sewing for Fun, it is suitable for both beginners and those with sewing experience, as Deborah enables students to learn and work on their own chosen projects.


Items made by Adult Education students. Click on each photo for details about each item.


Students have chosen all sorts of things to work on, from learning to use their newly purchased machine to garment making or soft furnishings. They have learnt how to make clothes for themselves or their children; how to upcycle and remake garments; how to make beautiful cushions, curtains or blinds for their home and even some really obscure projects such as garden parasol covers and tea cosies!

You can read more about these Kent Adult Education classes, and enrol online by clicking here. These classes run for 3 x ten week terms.



Deborah currently runs three classes for individuals to apply to join. All classes are for a full day and run with a maximum of seven participants.


Mondays and Thursdays

These classes are held at the Cowshed Workshop in St Michaels, Tenterden, from 9.30am until 2.30pm, throughout the year.  Prior booking is essential.
There is usually a waiting list for these classes, but it’s worth contacting Deborah here, to see if there is any availability, or for further information.

Those taking part have varied levels of experience, Deborah welcomes complete beginners as well as those with experience. Participants need to bring their own machines and equipment, though there are two machines, an overlocker and cover stitch machine available for use. Class members choose their own projects and Deborah provides the expert help to help them learn new techniques and skills.

Projects have included loose covers; curtains with hand pleated headings; Roman blinds; bench cushions; box cushions; dressmaking and craft items.



Tuesday Classes.

These classes are held in an Upholstery Workshop in Biddenden, Kent, for a maximum of seven participants. The classes, 9.30am – 2.30pm, are run as a ten week course, and payable for ten weeks in advance. Some class members share a course, so attend five weeks each, on alternate weeks. This might be possible for new applicants. For further information about course fees, contact Deborah, here

Participants need to bring their own machines and sewing equipment.


Further information and details of availability for all Deborah’s private classes can be obtained by contacting her here.