Ruth’s first memory of sewing was on an old treadle machine in Guernsey at the age of 5 and she has sewn constantly ever since. After studies at school in dressmaking and textiles she spent 6 months with London Designer Rory West until she joined Bogod Machine Company in London, the sole importers of Bernina Sewing Machines, as a tutor and sewing machine demonstrator.
During the next 11 years she also worked part time for the Camden Adult Education Institute (I.L.E.A) and Wandsworth Adult College and at weekends worked for Andrea Coggins, professional quilter for Rainbow Quilts. From 1985 Ruth made her first annual trip to Southern Ireland and soon started to write the first of many new sewing machine courses for The Quilt Art Workshops in Naas. She has given teacher training instruction, Adult Education and City & Guilds tuition for Kent, Surrey, Richmond, Kensington & Chelsea, South Thames, Westminster and Tooting Adult Education Colleges.
Ruth has been freelance since November 1992 and is constantly busy giving tuition all over the U.K and Ireland. Any spare time is devoted to devising additional and exciting new courses, developing techniques and experimenting with numerous sewing machines and the latest sewing Computers. SEW TECH Tuition Services offer a full range of ever increasing courses and workshops including the 5-day courses she originally devised for Bogod Machine Company in 1988.
Ruth worked with Annette Claxton on her book Quick Quilts in 1996 and since then has developed a series of machine patchwork and additional quilting courses for beginners and more experienced quilters.
From October 2001 to July 2005 she had a regular column in the Quilters’ Guild of Ireland newsletter ‘Ask Ruth’ and has written for various magazines including a 7 Part article for Sewing World in 2004 “Best Foot Forward”.