Hi! My name is Christine Leech and I am the creative mind behind Sewyeah and The Sewyeah Social Club. I have been crafting all my life and love sharing my knowledge and skills with others. I am based in South London and have a studio at the bottom of my garden where I run workshops and spend my time working on collaborations, commissions and other craft delights.
I have sold over 250,000 craft books worldwide. They include the best selling Everything Alice and Pompomania (Quadrille/Hardie Grant) and cover a variety of subjects from pompoms, papercraft and printmaking to embroidery, home sewing and crafts for children. My most recent books were part of a series on Zero Waste Crafting published by David & Charles.
In 2016 I won Best Stocking on Channel 4’s Kirsties Handmade Christmas and was invited back to the show in 2021 to judge the best Christmas tree and Christmas gift episodes. In 2019 I was one of the craft experts on Channel 4’s Kirsties Celebrity Craft Masters, sharing my skills with a selection of celebrities (of varying abilities!!) I have also been a guest on Radio 4’s Womens Hour talking about the positive health benefits of making pompoms.
I love teaching people about craft and it's ability to improve ones mental health. I have run both bespoke (3 attendees) and largescale (300 attendees) workshops at various festivals and PR events including Port Elliot, Festival No. 6, The Handmade Festival and Selfridges.
I love to work on both a large and small scale. I have covered a window of Heals furniture store in small pieces of confetti, each piece, hand cut and fixed to the walls, window, furniture and floor. I've organised a community project to create giant chandeliers from plastic bottles and upcycled waste for the Bath Christmas Market and I've also organised a worldwide collaborative embroidery make-a-long entitled The Hometown Patch project.
the Sewyeah social club
An online craft community that brings people together with monthly craft projects and live Make-a-Longs. Join the fun every Friday evening 8pm on @sewyeah IGTV.
THE SEWYEAH STUDIO
I have a colourful and inviting studio at the bottom of my garden in South London. From here I run a selection of evening and daytime workshops throughout the year. It is the perfect place to come if you are looking for an enjoyable and inspiring day. You can purchase tickets to a planned workshop here or contact me below if you would like to discuss me hosting a bespoke workshop for up to 5 attendees. Its the perfect place for a crafty party, hen do or special occasion.