I can't remember being taught to sew. I got my own machine for my 14th birthday and started making my own clothes both from scratch and upcycling charity shop finds. I took part in The Great British Sewing Bee 2019, reaching the semi-final, and was described by the show as "one of the most talented and consistent sewers ever to take part". I was told that my pattern challenge in the semi-final was as close to perfect as they have ever had, and I was always in the top 3 of the pattern challenge throughout the series.
My makes aren't limited to sewing. I've always knitted. I've tried every technique I've read about, and knitted everything from hats, scarves and jumpers to floor cushions and even a footstool. I enjoy working with colours and textures and often draft my own patterns. I also silversmith and make jewellery in a variety of materials, I'm interested in photography, and in my time I've tried pottery, stained glass, joinery, wrought iron, felting, needlecraft, weaving, and any other crafts which have come my way.
In 2020 I launched a small business selling my own designs of unique sewing tools. The Jenerates sewing ruler came first - after being an unrealised idea for about 10 years - followed by the Jenerates Seam Circles and more recently the Jenerates Silicone Hemmer. I have sold these all over the world, retail and wholesale, and running the business has become a full time job.
I also collaborate with my friend Victoria Nutt as Gather Scotland, running workshops, two-day retreats and other events. We also exhibit together at national sewing shows.
I live in the South Side of Glasgow with my husband and the HoggDogg, Stanley. Our children are both living away now, so the house is a bit quieter than it was. In my time I've been a litigation solicitor, shop owner, graphic designer, card maker and charity advisor, and now a sewing and knitting person.
Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest: @jenerates
Jen Hogg t/a Jenerates by Jen Hogg
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Sewing with surplus
Some of the items I've made from surplus from a local Scottish cashmere mill, Irish linen, Yorkshire wool and a variety of recovered and repurposed fabrics. More on Instagram @jenerates