Laura Ashley Sewing Project

Sew @ Stiwdio 3

Thanks to the Laura Ashley Foundation Suzi Park is running free sewing classes for both beginners and intermediates throughout the year at Stiwdio 3. For more information, dates and times and to reserve yourself a place please drop us an email –



Suzi Park aka Suzi Stitch was invited to work on an original application made to the Ashley Family Foundation in 2016 by Hanes Llandoch, St Dogmaels. She was the tutor who provided the sewing tuition for a cohort of beneficiaries on the project.

The original project aims were to:
• tackle local poverty
• overcome the obstacles of learning new skills by providing access to equipment, resources and expert tuition at no cost to the beneficiaries
• foster a spirit of enterprise through learning about the marketplace
• encourage an environmental awareness amongst beneficiaries with the emphasis upon recycling and reusing existing resources

The completion of the project successfully brought together over 40 women and taught them to sew (from scratch). Many women had not touched a sewing machine at all before, and some had last sewn in school. More than that though, during the project, we created a community group of women who enjoyed each other’s company and who enjoyed ‘getting out’ and learning new skills with like-minded people.

This extended project will by its nature, tackle issues such as loneliness, improving a sense of belonging and improving skills. The aim is for the project to be self-sustainable after the funding comes to an end. The participants will have gained new skills in sewing, up-cycling and recycling and more importantly learn how to make products which can be sold and the money recycled back into the project for the benefit of the community group.

Here is a link to the Community Foundation in Wales’s website –