Sprouting Jems

Sprouting Jems

4.7 (3)
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

I create one of a kind custom fitted handmade clothing for children and adults. I have access to resources, supplies, fabrics and ideas that aren’t found at large retail shops. Each piece is unique and caters to each individual’s personal preferences. 

I enjoy combining my creativity and skills to make custom pieces that people feel good wearing. I have met so many amazing people through this line of work and love collaborating on projects that allow me to contribute to the community in a unique way.

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Credentials

Baltimore, MD 21202
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3 Reviews

4.7

  • Zoe

    I bought a sewing machine and thought I'd be able to teach myself but I was mistaken. I contacted Tish who was more than happy to help me learn how to use my own sewing machine. Time flew by during the lessons and they were challenging but enjoyable. The overall experience I would rate 5 stars however with a strict schedule, it was difficult to meet up during her available hours. For anyone that doesn't have a 9-5, this shouldn't be an issue though.

  • Sawyer

    I had no clue what I was doing when I asked Tish to teach me to sew. With her help, I made a t-shirt that I absolutely love. Her access to fabric, patterns and machinery was a huge help because I did not have any of those resources for myself.

  • Ally

    Tish was very personable and made me feel comfortable as I was clearly out of my comfort zone. Her knowledge and expertise of this craft was extensive and yet she remained positive and patient when I did not catch on quickly.



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The process is completely dependent on student skill level. After determining a student’s current skill level and goal, you will pick out a design/ piece you want to work on. We will go over each method from beginning to end. Generally, each project follows similar sequence including; choosing a pattern, cutting the pattern, choosing the design, choosing the appropriate fabric, prepping the machines, cutting the fabric, stitch selection and machine settings, and finally the actual sewing. For beginners, there will be a lot of time and discussion on each step of the process to fully understand the ins and outs of each detail.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts. I taught Ceramics for the after-school program at the New Bridge Center for Arts and Technology. From that experience I have been able to individualize teaching techniques to accommodate students with different learning styles.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

30 minute lessons = $30   ** an additional $5 per lesson if using my machines**

60 minute lessons = $45   ** an additional $10 per lesson if using my machines**

Fabric selections available for purchase, pricing varies.


How did you get started teaching?

Friends always asked me to teach them how to sew so I started giving informal lessons teaching them the basics. I found this time enjoyable and began to find a flow when introducing people to this craft.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked mostly with beginners going over the basics of sewing, learning the machinery etc. I have also worked with people with a more advanced skill set and enjoy exploring different  methods for mastering a skill depending on the project.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I’m currently working on a project to make and provide blankets to people in need for this winter. I am in the process of collaborating with two different organizations that will add inspirational messages on the blankets and one will help to distribute the blankets in the community.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

When looking for a teacher, you want to make sure they are able to provide knowledge in the specific area that you are looking to learn. There are many different forms, styles and sewing techniques that might not all fit the project (if you have a specific project in mind) you are looking to complete. Ask your potential teacher if they have the materials, resources and experience/ knowledge to assist you with your goals.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

The student should have a goal in mind. This can range from the basics, how to sew 101 if you will. How to thread the machine, what machine(s) to use for a specific project etc. If the student wants to make something, what do they want to make? For example, making a blanket will require a different skill set, materials and methods than making a shirt and so on.


Lessons offered

Sewing Classes Ceramics Classes Embroidery Classes