Patchwork and Things - Joanna Smith-Ryland

Patchwork and Things


Joanna grew up with four brothers and sisters. One of the nannies, being an excellent seamstress introduced Joanna to a wonderful world of sewing: Embroidery, dolls clothes and Village Fêtes made up her childhood.

At the age of eleven Joanna went to a Boarding School in Ascot called Heathfield, where she was introduced to Patchwork by Miss Spry, her sewing teacher. That was the beginning of a lifetime obsession with patchwork.’ O’ levels fell by the wayside as one patchwork quilt after another was produced/created through endless French and Maths lessons. After ‘A’ levels Joanna exported herself to Barbados where she opened a shop called, ‘Patchwork and Things’. Joanna and her team made by hand, bags, toys, quilts and cushions, which were so popular that Dotto’s Boutique in the Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados, and her own shop both did a roaring trade.