Here is more information about the teachers currently teaching at MIY Workshop.

Wendy Ward(photo © Julian Ward)

Wendy Ward (owner of MIY Workshop) currently teaches the following weekly classes: Tuesday evening / Thursday evening/ Friday morning / 2nd and 4th Saturdays in the month and all Master Classes. You can find out more about Wendy here.

Saturday Sewing Classes Zoe

Zoé Edwards is the brains behind the phenomenon that is Me Made May and author of the popular blog So Zo What Do You Know? Zoe currently teaches the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at MIY Workshop. Here are Zoé’s impressive credentials:

Having graduated with a degree in Fashion Design, Zoe Edwards went on to work in the fashion industry in a variety of roles for a number of years. The distaste she developed for mass-produced clothing and production practices fuelled her growing passion for creating her own clothing by hand and she set up a now successful sewing blog that has an emphasis on sewing sustainably with style. Her passion for sewing, refashioning, and the UK handmade scene has continued to grow. Currently she teaches sewing in London, develops her own sewing patterns and runs a regular contemporary craft market called Brighton Craftaganza. She’s also the creator of the popular annual Me-Made-May challenges which ask sewers/knitters/crocheters/refashioners to wear hand-created clothing every day for a month. The aim of these challenges is to encourage people to bring the DIY and handmade ethos into their everyday lives, and to help them develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe.


Candy Arbuckle has just joined the MIY Workshop teaching team and will be teaching the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month while Zoe is on maternity leave. Candy is a trained teacher with years of work in the costume industry under her belt:

Candy was just ten when she made her first garment to wear using a paper pattern and then knew she wanted a creative career working with fabrics.

Having graduated with a degree in Fashion in 1998 Candy was lucky to land her first job in a leading theatrical costume house, Angels, where she gained a real interest in clothing and fabrics from other eras and understood about garment construction as well as alterations and repairs often on very old or delicate fabric. Having gone on to freelance in the industry, Candy then spent a couple of years  working at The National Theatre’s fascinating costume store and then worked at a number of prestigious London Drama schools which led her to start working more in an educational environment.

Candy qualified as a teacher 8 years ago and can now mostly be found in the classroom with the challenge of encouraging teenagers to get interested in designing and making useful products with fabric!

Somehow amongst all this Candy still makes time for her own creative projects, whether it be something to wear or bits to brighten up the home and over the last few years has experimented with ‘drawing with stitch’. Building up surface textures and combining machine embroidery are some of her current textiles interests.

Richard Clark Monks

Richard Clark-Monks better known to us as Ricky, teaches the following weekly classes: Monday evening and Thursday morning.
Ricky’s sewing journey began in the mid 90s starting in adult education classes at Kensington and Chelsea college where he was soon cutting his own patterns and sending outfits down the catwalk at the end of year show. After the unimaginable luxury of studying with a sewing teacher who was trained in Paris in the 40s he went on to do a Fashion BA at Middlesex Uni and graduated in 2002 with a BA Hons 2/1.
Since graduating he’s made wedding dresses, made the pattern and finished garment for a TV commercial, cut a waistcoat for Fallow Denim and worked on several private commissions.
Ricky has been teaching since 2012 and continues to feed his passion for the art of pattern cutting; always looking for interesting pattern cutting solutions and collecting books on the subject.
He’s also sings in a choir and bakes like a demon, but don’t expect that in your sewing class!!