About me


Update December 2019

As this started as a sewing blog, I must explain that I am now morphing it to reflect more areas of my life. I still sew, but I also spend a lot of head space on living well, trying to eat better, exercise, being happy etc! So I’m transforming this blog into more of a diary of my journey with all those things. I’m hoping to compartmentalise it a bit, so if you are all about the fabric and not the influx of avocados, you should be able to skip to the sewing section!! 

I don’t delete my previous “about me” paragraphs as I like to look back on them. So if you want to know who I used to be, read below.

Right now, I am still teaching. I have taken on some sewing clients too which I love doing. I haven’t sewn that much, but I have upped my game by studying it more and learning how to fit to within a millimetre! I’m branching out into painting and drawing too. I am @hazelnutthread on Facebook, come visit me and like/share my page… please?

I have been exercising regularly with a personal trainer for just over a year. In the last few weeks I have been exercising a little bit more. I am literally just starting on sorting out my food.

I flipping LOVE where I live, I love the countryside, the people, the cafes the food everything!! My little labrador pup is now a big labrador bundle of energy and destruction who keeps me exploring this wonderful pocket of the country.

Hazel, (5) continues to be the centre of my universe and my reason for wanting to be the best I can be.

Early 2018….

Have a read of How it all began…to read how my sewing journey started. Fast forward a couple of years and here I am. I use sewing and any sewing related reading, planning and thinking as a way to relax and enjoy life. I have had a break from it, but am itching to get back in. I’m tonnes better at it than I used to be, but I certainly can’t make things fit properly or adjust anything – so there’s no point bringing me your skirt to take in. I wouldn’t know where to start.


I probably make more for me than Hazel at the moment. She’s at an age where she only wears leggings and t-shirts, so there’s not much point in me making those. I have never made any home furnishings or anything other than clothes. It doesn’t interest me much, but I do have a need for new cushions so I might have to.

My other passions in life are “wellness”, where I am faithfully trying to follow the Harrison Methodology and eat, move, rest, repeat in the best way I can. I’m absolutely at the beginning of that journey.


I have a lot of opinions on education. I’ve been a primary school teacher for 13 years with various additional responsibilities and qualifications. There is a LOT wrong with the English Education system, SATs and Ofsted. Don’t get me started on academys.

I have an over active brain which leads me to suffer from heightened anxiety if I don’t keep it occupied with several projects at once. Currently I am renovating a house, training a puppy, doing 5 days work a week in 3, raising a four year old, training my body and learning to eat plant based. I was meant to start another Masters’ degree in September, but alas they don’t like that I’m part time. At the top of my list is my precious daughter Hazel, without her I would never have started my sewing journey nor would I have the motivation to be the best version of myself I can be.