About

Jenni Smith Sewing

Jenni Smith Ltd is a studio based in a historic mill in the centre of Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

Our aim is to share our love of sewing and the endless possibilities of cloth and thread.

We teach studio classes in dressmaking, quilting and textile art. We are developing a range of curated kits which provide all the right tools to complete a project and build the skills and confidence of our lovely customers.

Jenni has been sewing for the last 25 years.  She grew up in a house where her mum and nan stitched upholstery for the caravans and trailer tents designed by her grandfather.  She studied History of Art and Italian at University before working as an Associate Producer in documentaries. In 2006 she spent a year in Toronto where she learned how to quilt and her love of dressmaking grew with the birth of her daughter a few years later. 

For the past three years Jenni has been taught by sewing veteran Ann Ladbury.  She has also developed her own series of textile art and has made original pieces for Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis and US artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon.

Jenni's goal is to share her knowledge and enthusiasm, inspiring a new generation of people  to embrace the handmade revolution.