About Jennifer Bee Embroidery
Welcome to my site, Jennifer Bee Embroidery. Let me introduce myself, my name is Jennifer Bennett, and I am a Designer and Tutor of a variety of embroidery techniques.
I have been embroidering most of my life, introduced by my Grandmother and mother as a child. But my love of embroidery really took off when my daughter was born, I of course wanted to dress her in smocked dresses, so I enrolled in a course at our Adult Education centre in the late 1980's. There are only so many dresses a girl can wear, and due to their popularity and my love of smocking, I started to sell my creations, under the label Jennifer Bee. After the retirement of my Teacher, I was invited to fill her position as the Smocking Tutor at the Centre.
I decided to expand these sessions to include Wool embroidery and Ribbon work and teach from Home. Keeping up with the demand of classes, and knowing there was an eager audience out there, I opened my retail shop, in 1993 and thus Jennifer Bee Embroidery was born! Teaching and designing have kept me busy, with classes held on a daily basis, having the opportunity to teach at various Embroidery shops around Victoria, and also teaching at Koala Conventions in Queensland on a regular basis up until 2017.
I have also joined the team at Needlework Tours and Cruises, teaching on several of the Cruises over the past few years.
Always keen to expand my knowledge, I have had the opportunity to learn from the best over the years, these have included Jane Nicholas, Jenny Bradford, Helen M. Stevens, Margaret Lee, Lesley Turpin Delport and Jenny Adin-Christie, to name a few.
My love of nature and my garden have also been the focus of many of my designs, and the combinations of Ribbon, Stumpwork and surface embroidery are among my favourites.
I have now closed my Shop front, but continue to conduct classes, and design new projects, from my Studio at home, an old school house built in the 1870's, in a lovely garden setting. Of course, visitors are always welcome, but best to phone ahead, as I also teach in town, 3 sessions a week with a lovely group of very special people with disabitilites.
Mail and telephone orders are also welcome!