Rachel Concannon

Rachel’s Textiles Studio

Rachel set up her Studio to help encourage more people to get stitching. She left a long-term post as head of Textiles at Jersey College for Girls in July 2014 where she had inspired many pupils from there and from Victoria College to enjoy sewing and textile art, up to A-level standard.

The Studio offers sewing and creative textile workshops for students and adults of all levels; demonstrations, general chat and nice things to purchase. Rachel, when not teaching, is usually to be found making a wide range of hand-made gifts and textile art. Even if you don’t sew, you can usually find a perfect ready made present in her shop for that special occasion.

As a member of Genuine Jersey, her own work is unique. There are no production lines or repeat products, her pin cushions for example may have similar features but each is, made with a different material, and decorated in a characteristic way.

Textile art: there are lots of exciting products in-store for Rachel or anyone to experiment with. Beautiful threads and fabrics, bondaweb, tyvec and many vilene products for brooch and bag making. You can find various fabric paints and sticks. She also has a heat-press and mug press for sublimation printing. Rachel belongs to the Diversity group and exhibits with them on a yearly basis, developing her distinctive style for each exhibition.

Fabric gifts: Rachel has a large cupboard full of scraps to sort through in the studio as well as fabulous new fabrics in store. She constructs 3D soft sculptures; for example fabric sewing machines and flowers. She produces hand made encaustic art or stitched cards and functional items such as doorstops and bags; many different styles of pincushions and key rings and sometimes items of clothing. Rachel uses the fabulous Janome machines (also for sale) for machining, machine embroidery, over locking and embellishing.

Visit www.RachelsTextilesStudio.com to find out more.