Catriona Pretsell, soft furnishings specialist

Catriona Pretsell Seamstress at Designworks in Glasgow.

Ive always had a love of sewing. I’m self-taught, but it’s in the genes – my grandmother was amazingly skilled at it, and she taught me to have very high standards, insisting that the inside should be as good as the outside. Today I make curtains, blinds, pelmets and all sorts of soft furnishings, most of which are commissioned for Designworks, the Glasgow interior designers. You can’t rush this work, because so much of it is done by hand. And it’s not a job you can do on your own. My colleague Linda Burke and I work together – it’s quite physically demanding, especially when you are trying to manipulate a long length of very heavy fabric. An outsider might think it’s easy – it’s just sewing curtains. And sometimes it is.

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