Information About Tracy - Coventry teacher
Most of the time, I’m working on my small business in hand-made sock dolls. It’s a skill I discovered quite recently, although I’ve always enjoyed making things. My own original designs are showcased on my website and at craft fairs. I enjoy making bespoke items most, and it’s a joy to show others how to turn recycled materials like pre-worn socks into items that make thoughtful, truly one-of-a-kind and sustainable gifts.
Like any other Singaporean, I think about food a lot of the time. Since childhood, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen, watching food programmes, reading cookery books, watching demonstrations and attending courses. I cook for all kinds of occasions, including a Sunday roast for 14 while I was at university and catering for over 40 guests at our wedding reception. I am often asked how I make this-and-that, so I would love to share my interest with as many people as I can.
I get a real buzz when friends ask me what goes into a recipe, or how one of my hand-made sock dolls are created. I enjoy throwing parties for friends where I can show them, say, how to roll sushi, then watch their delighted expressions as they try it for themselves and taste the scrummy results. I also love sharing my sock dolls with friends, and how to make these quirky and delightful gifts at little cost.
I begin with basic stitches and techniques to create adorable cuddly animals such as bunnies, cats and bears which are simple to make. Anyone could do it! Even if you’ve never done any sewing before. These basic skills will be applied to more complex designs at the individual’s own pace, such as human characters with hair, facial features and clothing. Inject your own personality with a touch of manga ubercoolness, goth mystery or kawaii sweetness! As you become more expert, make a doll that looks like you, someone you know or even a spectacular bride-and-groom centrepiece for a wedding!
My hourly rate includes the cost of basic materials (and new socks), though I strongly recommend using your well-loved, worn socks for the extra personal touch.
My approach to cooking is heavily influenced by my Singaporean background. I specialise in Singaporean Chinese dishes that are easy to achieve with a few nifty tricks and some kitchen staples. Try my Hainanese pork chops, a delicious twist on the ol’ sweet and sour, or start your day with the satisfying Singaporean fry-up!
Learn step-by-step how to make sushi (raw fish completely optional!)
I am good at other styles of cooking too, and would be happy to adapt lessons to your needs. I've listed the subject level as 'beginner' because I believe that as a person's taste and instinct develops, any dish can be achieved when the tutee is shown the method.
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
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- I am mostly trained by the school of grandma (on both sides) and extended family gatherings, including many aunties and cousins.
- I was also very attentive during home economics classes at school and haven’t given up learning since.
- This is also how I picked up my crafting skills, though sock doll-making is mainly self-taught.