About the Sewing Hive
Gail Kelley and Jamie Hevener first met when Gail began teaching at a local fabric shop. Jamie was teaching a group of beginners and Gail was impressed with the engaging way in which she was encouraging these young students to learn to sew. They were sewing simple pajama pants, and they were so proud of what they were accomplishing. After class, Gail and Jamie met for coffee. Several meetings later, they realized they shared a similar vision, that of creating a dedicated sewing studio in Columbus… The Sewing Hive.
The Sewing Hive isn’t a fabric store; it’s a place to learn or strengthen your skills in sewing, sourcing fabrics, and pattern fitting & making. Our goal is to partner with local fabric stores Sew to Speak and Dabble and Stitch to provide material and supplies for our classes. For students who want to shop on their own, a supply list is provided.
Meet Our Instructors
Gail Kelley, owner of The Sewing Hive, is a teacher here who is dedicated to proper fit techniques. She teaches Understanding Pattern Fitting and Bust Adjust Classes, plus many other clothing classes and series workshops.
When she was young her mom made clothing for the family and taught them the importance of well made clothing.
As a teen Gail began making some of her own clothing to express her individual sense of style. In the Summer she spent time with and learned from her aunt, a seamstress in the NYC Garment District.
Gail began to realize she was dissatisfied with the way commercial patterns fit and that she wasn't the only one who felt that way. Her desire to create the right fit for herself and others brought another leg of her sewing journey, which meant tailoring, draping classes and teaching herself new skills. Gail took surface design and fine arts classes at CCAD to graduate with a degree in Fine Arts.
Jamie Hevener is a professional sewing and creative arts instructor who teaches in Central Ohio. She is the owner of Sew Kart, a mobile sewing class and a studio partner at The Sewing Hive. She also teaches at The Ohio Craft Museum, The Columbus Idea Foundry, various local festivals and shops, and Community Centers for Whetstone, Hilliard and Prairie Township.
At age 7, Jamie learned to hand stitch and took Saturday classes at Columbus College of Art and Design, where her journey of combining art and textiles brought her to a career of teaching sewing and textile arts. While working on an Art Education degree at The Ohio State University, Jamie discovered many more textile applications that began with her illustrations. Jamie continued her course work at CCAD, focusing on color combinations and figure drawing.
Her community involvement includes being a member of the Hilliard Arts Council, Captain at Columbus Handmade, Girl Scout leadership, managing The Old Hilliard-Fest Arts Fair and Eco-Chic Craftacular Arts Festival. .
Jamie was featured on WOSU’s Broad and High series here.
“Showing others how to create is vital to a community, as it empowers, creates positive outlets and gives us another way to connect. This career of creating and teaching found me and I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned. Sewing is growing!”
Susan O’Dell is a custom dressmaker, tailor, and costume-maker with thirty years' experience on both sides of the Atlantic. After earning a Certificate in Tailoring from the London College of Fashion she worked for three years in London as a couture seamstress making ballgowns. Susan’s work can be seen locally in the productions of Ballet Met (she designed the costume of the Mouse King in The Nutcracker) and the Columbus Children’s Theater. She also works for traveling productions; she was a stitcher and dresser recently for ‘Hamilton’. Susan designs and sews dresses and tailors suits for weddings and other special occasions. Susan designed the costume above, inspired by a video game, for her daughter.
Esther is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Fine Arts and has an extensive background in runway, Cosplay, custom fashion sewing. She creates original designs and is an expert in draping and teaching sewing. “I’m really inspired by African and Asian culture. My style is a combination of my culture and the cultures that I see.” Esther has been featured on NPR’s “All Sides” with Anne Fisher and designed clothing The Alternative Fashion
Jackie is a proud graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.A. in theatre and holds a Certificate in Textile Conservation from the International Preservation Studies Center (formerly the Campbell Center). Her interests in sewing have led her in many different directions including bridal work, alterations, repair of firefighting gear, and the manufacture of corporate mascots. She has costumed many local theatrical productions over the past 15 years, most recently Mama Mia for Pickerington North High School, and since 2008 has had the privilege of doing conservation for the Ohio State Historic Costume and Textile Collection. In addition to her love of sharing her creative skills she has an abiding love of all animals.
TAMMY PERAKIS WALLACE
Tammy Perakis Wallace, owner of Red Panty Designs a fiber artist and clothing designer is teaching a workshop at the studio this Summer called T-Shirt Re-Imagine. She is an assistant director at Ross Art Museum in Delaware and graduate of Otterbein with a degrees in Costume Design and Vocal Arts.
If you are lucky you may catch her vending or singing with her friend's band at local arts fairs. This lady is full of talent!
Paula DeGrand began learning to sew as an adult. About 1999 she discovered vintage patterns, loving their style and fit. Her personal sewing journey brought Paula to learn a process that allowed her to plan and create a high quality wardrobe that fit her well. Paula started a wonderful sewing blog called Getting Things Sewn from her home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In May 2014 she moved down to Columbus, Ohio and now she's working on building a new sewing community, which, lucky us, brought her to The Sewing Hive. in Ohio! This Fall look for her Blazer workshop at the studio, too. If she seems familiar to you already, it's because she's been published in Threads magazine.