A bit about Therese...
Therese has always had a love of creating and designing, which has defined her professional career. Therese’s enjoyment and enthusiasm for teaching is still as vivid today as it was during her first teaching position as a TAFE fashion teacher, almost thirty years ago.
Therese also worked for many years in dressmaking, designing and creating fashionable and practical clothing for a select clientele. As well as briefly designing and selling a range of childrens’ clothing.
However, Therese found her true calling in teaching, and she combined this with her love of patchwork and quilting to create Gumnut Gear. The Gumnut Gear Sewing School began in 1994, with a variety of classes, covering patchwork and quilting, general sewing, overlocker use, specialty classes and mystery quilt weekends and marathons, and kids learn to sew classes. The range of Gumnut Gear country inspired patchwork and applique patterns and kits, which are designed solely by Therese, was also launched at this time. Gumnut Gear’s designs have been regularly published in a number of Express Publications magazines since 2002, including Handmade, Country Threads, Australian Patchwork and Quilting, Patchwork and Stitching and Country Patchwork and Craft.
Therese has been a member of the local Gunnedah craft co-operative, Plains of Plenty since its inception in 2003. And has served both as a director on the board and a member of the quality control panel. Therese has also taught bi-monthly sewing classes at Gunnedah Fashion Fabrics since 2007. However, most of her teaching is done in the Gumnut Gear Studio.
- Fashion Teachers Certificate, TAFE (Wollongong and East Sydney TAFE and Sydney Teachers College)
- Diploma of Teaching (Technical), University of Technology, Sydney
- NSW Quilter’s Guild Accredited Teacher