Tree from Stitchless TV

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

We find out about the wonderful world of Tree, creator of Stitchless TV, and her mission to show the world that anyone can sew.


Tell us a bit about yourself and the work you do…

I've been making clothes, jewellery and artefacts for over 30 years and I'm now on a mission to prove that 'Anyone can sew!'. Using sewing videos on Stitchless TV and step by step photo tutorials on my website I show you the easy way to make beautiful clothes in minutes. To emphasise how easy it can be I try to choose the most unlikely characters to sew, for example, Mirabelle a 6 year old that makes her own party dress in minutes or 86 year old Eric who makes a lovely Mathew Williamson pure wool scarf for his girlfriend in the OAP club. Sometimes I even get people to sew live on air on BBC London Radio. Both Jo Good and Sonny from Sonny and Shay have made fantastic things live on air. To me sewing is like cooking, if you've got good ingredients, stick to something simple, then you can't go wrong.

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How did you get into craft?

I've been sewing since I was a child. My mother is from Italy and when she first came over she couldn't speak English so found it difficult to get work. But she could sew. I have many fond memories of growing up with our back room being filled with bits of floral plastic fabric whilst my mum did piece work sewing make-up bags for Coty.

What inspired you to set up Stitchless TV?

The inspiration for Stitchless TV came after visiting a big production company 2 years ago and chatting to them about an idea I had for a Sewing TV programme. They said it was far too niche and nobody would watch it (they'll soon be eating their words of course)! So I thought well stuff you, I'll have a go my self! Stitchless TV started as my presenter training videos but over time it seemed that people were loving them and posting fantastic comments like: 'I'd never sewn before watching TV and now I've seen all your videos and now have my own little clothing line'. Well, it doesn't get much better than that! After years of being secretive about what your next idea is, it's so liberating to be able to share it with thousands of people. I love the thought of being able to give people a little of that exhilirating feeling of discovering a beautiful bit of fabric and transforming it into something unique in minutes! One of my Stitchless Sewing Stars describes the feeling very well, she says 'it's like dancing inside!'

What projects are you currently working on - do you have anything in the pipeline?

I'm always working on something, a day doesn't go by without a bit of a sew. But always at the back of my mind is the long term plan of a TV show and a Stitchless range of products and kits that make it even easier for people to sew. 

What's the most unusual thing you've made and what or who was it for?

Well can I quote two examples here! The first is when I was about 7 years old and my mum worked for a designer called 'Precilla Lobley' who was famous for her paper flower making kits in the '70s. Well, we made 2000 paper roses for a Maria Osmond concert at Wembley and my job was winding wire around the stem. The second unusual thing I've made was when I was commissioned by George Harrison to create a wall sculpture thing for Ringo Star's loo in America.

Do you have a crafty hero/heroine?

The person at the moment that I'm completely fascinated by is Shingo Sato; a totally unique and absolute master of pattern cutting. It's more like origami/sculpture. I can't wait to get on one of his online courses. 

When you're not making something lovely, what do you spend your time doing?

When not sewing I'm doing the whole, all consuming 'MUMMY' thing!!

Tea and cake or pie and a pint?

Definitely…tea and cake. Yum!!

Want to watch Tree's fabulous online video tutorials?

Click here to Visit the STITCHLESS TV Sewing Channel on Youtube

Want to find out how to liberate your kitchen scourers into a glitzy purse? Click here to see how. 

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