About me

Sewist, Designer, Teacher

This Is My Story

Hi. I am Karen Pior and Sew Well Maide is where I wear my business hat. I also have other hats – Mother to five, Wife to one (!!!), Sister, Daughter, Friend. My hats are interchangable or, as frequently happens, worn precariously stacked on top of each other!! I have recently relocated from the lovely Ballarat in Victoria, Australia to the bustling metropolis of Melbourne.

I am passionate about all things fabric and textile. I love drafting my own patterns and then sewing beautiful, unique and individual garments from them. This has become my latest obsession and passion! I love patchwork quilts both modern and antique. I love the excitement of designing quilts and accessories and stacks of fabric bolts give me a quiet little thrill!

I teach pattern drafting, sewing, crochet and knitting to all who are interested in dipping their creative fingers into any or all of these pies! It is wonderful to see the excitement of accomplishment on the faces of my students. I contribute dressmaking, garment customisation, general sewing and accessories projects and knitting and crochet projects as well to three Australian sewing and craft magazines.

Knitting is my nirvana. The click clack of the needles is both soothing and peaceful. It quietens a busy mind and lulls me into another world full of possibilities or nothing in particular! Crocheting is so quick and produces such wonderful textures that I can’t resist it.

When time allows I love reading, veggie gardening and watching tv. And I try to never, ever miss an opportunity to yell and cheer as the football, soccer, cricket and ballet Mum.

At Sew Well Maide we offer a range of products and services Рclasses, patterns and products. We teach a variety of classes and invite you to peruse our selection to see how we can help you increase your knowledge and skills.  Classes are taught in retail settings and for small groups and as private tuition.

Our shop stocks patterns and products for garment sewing, quilts, general sewing projects and crochet items.


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