Meet our teachers: Jenny Haynes of Papper, Sax, Sten, quilting
We are thrilled to introduce our newest teacher, Jenny Haynes. A Swedish exile who spent the previous 18 years in Hackney, Jenny creates bespoke quilts and furnishings for her label ‘Papper, Sax, Sten‘ (that’s ‘Paper, Scissors, Stone’ if you’re wondering!) that reflect these different influences. Her pieces are recognised for their clean and simple mid-century modern design and the mixing of vintage fabrics with modern prints, rich colours with pastels, wool and silk with linen and cotton.
Jenny will be teaching four classes at The Village Haberdashery, beginning with Patchwork Techniques: Machine Pieced Curves on Saturday, 12 March. In this inspiring one-day class you’ll learn to sew beautiful curves on your machine whilst Jenny guides you through the process of cutting and piecing a lap or baby sized quilt top using her own curvy sunflower design. Click here to sign up for a place in any of Jenny’s classes and read on to learn more about her!
Your work has such a distinct aesthetic. Are you influenced by your Swedish roots? How would you describe your style?
Yes definitely. With so many great designers, of furniture, textiles and ceramics, I think Swedes take the aesthetics for granted a bit. Someone (who’s opinion I value highly) once described my Sunflower Quilt as calm. That serene and non-hectic design that many Swedish makers are known for has always appealed to me.
You have a background in pattern cutting, tailoring and fashion, but your business is creating patchwork quilts and home furnishings. What led you to your current niche?
It all started with quilts. It’s something I’ve always made and it’s always been about shapes and textiles and never about fashion. I don’t think the years I’ve spent as a Pattern Cutter has changed me much apart from making me even more obsessed about matching seams.
I love that you share sketches of your designs on Instagram in the very early stages. Does feedback from the sewing community help you progress your projects?
I’ve been a late starter with social media. It is a lovely thing to be surrounded by other creative minds. It’s a creative hub without the shared studio space. I’ve got such a clear idea in my head though and the part of the process that will make me change a design is usually experimentation, figuring things out whilst working with the fabrics.
You regularly include elements that intimidate a lot of quilters (i.e. mixing fabric substrates, piecing curves). Any tips for tackling fear?
Don’t start with your favourite fabric, try on something else first. Also I always go for the difficult option first and then simplify or change to a more forgiving fabric if my idea doesn’t work.
Your first class at The Village Haberdashery is Patchwork Techniques: Machine Pieced Curves on Saturday, 12 March. What will students learn?
Of course we’ll cut, sew and press many, many curves but I will also share lots of little tricks I’ve picked up along the way: how to mark your fabric using a pin, what an unpicker is brilliant for except unpicking and my favourite way to edge finished quilt.