About the Sewing Hive

The Sewing Hive, Columbus Ohio

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 store Sew to Speak 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

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GAIL KELLEY
La la la la she’s so awesome... 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…


Jamie Hevener

Jamie Hevener

JAMIE HEVENER

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 part of the design team for uniforms at The Leveque Hotel and has done sewing for Sweet Carrot restaurant.

“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!”