Dyane is a Dressmaker, Textile Artist and Tutor.
She holds a B'tec in Art and Design - focussing on Textile Art in particular Fashion Design and Batik, then trained in Clothing Manufacture & Management at Jacob Kranmer Collage in Leeds more than 30 years ago. Eight years later she took time out to gain a BA(hons) in Environmental Ethics at Wolverhampton University. In recent years she took her PGCE for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector at University of Sunderland.
Over the years she has stitched costumes, cushions and curtains for numerous projects / shows in England, Wales, India & Canada; becoming a company director of Eco-Babes - a cloth nappy company in 1998 until 2006.
As an artist some of her Batiks with freestyle embroidery have been exhibited in Art Galleries.
Dyane's Stitch in Time was set up in Norfolk in 2008 and moved back to Durham in 2012.
By focussing on Repairs & Alterations, she blends her skill in sewing with her interest in the environment with particular focus on waste minimisation. She also uses a vintage hand wheel Singer during power cuts and for repairs to vintage clothing.
Concern about the effects of Electromagnetic fields led to working with sufferers and clients of EMFields LTD to develop the range of protective screening clothing.
Over the years Dyane has enjoyed sharing, her textile skills with others of all ages. Of particular success is the Stitch Kidz Club held for primary school Children, originally in Norfolk with 7 - 10 year olds becoming skilled enough to make their own trousers, skirts and tops, this has now been revived succesfully in this area. Stitch Kidz this year even made some of the accesories Hats, bags and belts for Kynryn for their community certificate :-)
On moving to Durham she has become involved with holding a variety of Textile and Art Workshops for children, teens and Adults in the local Community, St Paul's Activity Programme - Evenwood, St Mary's, The POD - Bishop Auckland, Auckland Castle, The Forum - Northalerton, The HUB and Witham - Barnard Castle, UK Sewing Shop - Darlington, Durham Crafty Mums and more.
Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in learning more practical life skills, folk dusting down their sewing machines and wanting to learn how to sew. I enjoy working with individuals helping them to learn these essentials, working on personal projects.