Sophia Palmer – Owner of Jessalli Handmade
Hello I am the proprietor and creator of Jessalli. After studying textiles through my school life I found it was my vocation. I try and design a new Jessalli-ware everyday! I love my Dorset upbringing and am passionate about projecting county pride in all my products. My favourite skill is free-style machine embroidery!
I am also a freelance writer and project designer for magazines. I am a regular contributor to Crafts Beautiful magazine and have also written many projects for Homemaker magazine. See some of our press cuttings and projects HERE. If you’d like to feature a project, an article or would like to interview me, please get in touch.
I also have a huge passion for teaching much needed sewing skills to children and teenagers. I run workshops for 6-12 year olds and am available for private lessons in your own home. Read more about my tuition HERE. I believe sewing is a dying skill in all young people and simply having the skills to modify or fix a fabric item is priceless.
Obviously my main job is as a designer-maker, so I love creating and working with businesses. I am available for freelance design work, including sewn based designs for business cards, greetings cards, banners and many other things. Please get in touch to discuss your ideas.
is my lovely mother. She has many years sewing experience and also works part-time in a fabulous Dorset haberdashery. Mum encourages and supports me in all my ideas and helps towards the design and structure of new products. She also helps at the larger fairs and loves Dorset just as much as me. Her specialist sewing genre is appliqué! And if you don’t already know, the company is named after her and her bestie Jess!
isn’t a sewer, she’s an inspiration and a close friend of the family. Jess helps us to create the things we do, and her house is a gallery of everything Jessalli- even the embarrassing first products we used to make!
is my younger sister and part time studio helper and packer! She spends (in her words) too much time cutting out shapes ready to be sewn in the week ahead, and making the tea (Bea’s tea is the best!). She is a huge asset to the business and we’d be lost without her when it’s busy! Bea is also a fantastic baker, and her cakes are to die for! You never know, one day she may be a small business owner herself!