Our Tutors 2023

We bring together some of the UK’s leading textile specialists to host our Workshop, Talks and Lectures programme at The Festival of Quilts. We want you to learn from the best!

Alex Waylett

Alex Waylett

Alex uses the sewing machine as a tool, to draw, manipulate and form textural surfaces within and on fabric, creating predominantly artwork, but also luxury accessories for both interiors and for personal use. Her work combines applied inks/paint with stitch embellishment and has a strong illustrative narrative, coastal, natural forms and patterns and also floral themes. Alex has been teaching for over fifteen years, and loves passing on her skills to students and watching them develop into artists themselves.

Website: https://alexandrawaylett.com/contact/

Amanda Hislop

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Amanda has a way of working beyond the restraint of woven cloth, using thread to draw images and integrate texture. Seasonal change, light and changing weather capture her imagination. Amanda works to commission and delivers talks and workshops.

Instagram: @amandahislop

Ami James

Ami James
She is the owner of Simply Sewing Boxes, Mindful Embroidery kits and The Quilt Academy. Ami started sewing in 2011 and quickly found that Quilting was her passion. After setting up Simplysewingboxes, The quilt academy, she went on to gain 2 City & Guilds and a Diploma in Sewing & Designing and started to teach adults and children to sew. In 2014 she started teaching for the Knitting & Stitching shows, the International Festival of Quilts and the Sewing Quarter TV Channel. She was delighted when in 2017, the children she taught won 3rd prize for their creation from the Festival of Quilts. Throughout the pandemic, Ami has continued to teach online through Simply Sewing Boxes, YouTube and The Quilt Academy, now brand new Mindful embroidery kits and a range of online classes.  She’s determined to show people how to have fun and gain a new hobby and lifestyle. Mindfulness at its best.

Anna Weatherley Hastings


She has been running block printing workshops for the past 10 years and has been lucky enough to travel to Indian many times to experience firsthand knowledge from the artisans and experts. Her passion is the outdoors and that is often represented in her style in block printing.

Website: www.theindianblockprintco.com

Andrew Ngai

Andrew Ngai, Wonderfil

With 26 years of experience in thread development and production under his belt, Andrew set up the Specialty Threads division in 2000 and now oversees the distribution of WonderFil by direct subsidiaries in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, UK and the Netherlands.

Website: www.wonderfil.co.uk 

Angela Daymond

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She teaches a wide range of hand stitching and machine stitching workshops. Due to her vast experienced she can support the total beginner in her workshops whilst extending the skills of those with more stitching ability.

Facebook: Angela Daymond
Instagram: @angela_daymond

Anna Drittler


Currently she regularly holds classes in both quilting and dressmaking. She loves nothing better than introducing ideas and encouraging students to experiment and expand on them in their own way.

Annie Garner

Annie Garner

Since retirement she has taught creative textiles from her studio and day workshops to quilt groups. Annie is an avid sewer, patch worker and quilter who loves creating fabric appliques and making picture wall hangings. Annie is passionate about the creative arts and keen to share her eclectic range of techniques and experience.

Annie Gianini

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After learning through trial, error and more recently, expert advice in her own craft business, STITCHFINITY, she knows the value of support at the very beginning. Don’t just hustle, HUSTLE well.

Becky Preen

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Based in her studio in Harlow she runs classes in a variety of sewing and crafts techniques.

Bianca Springer

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Bianca is a contributing writer for Sew News magazine, Creative Machine Embroidery magazine, Bianca shares her talents as a Brand Ambassador for Shannon Fabrics, Baby Lock, Nature’s Fabric and is an Arrow Creator. Bianca is a small business owner, the creator of unique sewing pattern weights, hand-embroidery kits and fan of vintage fabric and sewing patterns. Bianca identified a lack of diversity and inclusion in mainstream hand-embroidery books. She is the author of the newly released book, Represent! Embroidery. Stitch 10 Colourful Projects & 100 Designs Featuring a Full Range of Shapes, Skin Tones & Hair Textures.

Brigitte Garnett

Brigitte Garnett

She shares her life with a very indulgent husband and two dogs as well as several sewing machines. Bridgitte believes that you are never too old to learn something new and that you can never have too much fabric, wool, ribbon or charms and beads.

Cag Tyndall

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She spends many happy hours turning white cloth into beautiful hand dyed fabric. I love to share my enthusiasm for dyeing cloth.    

Caitlin Lisle

Cait Lisle

Cait loves playing with traditional piecing techniques to give them a new and modern twist and creating patterns that everyone from beginners to lifelong quilters enjoy making. She is regularly published internationally and offers bespoke technical editing services and custom quilt commissions.

Carolina Oneto

Carolina Oneto
In 2016 she studied “Interaction of Color” at the art school of the Catholic University of Chile. This has marked the development of her work. Since 2020 she teach online quilting and design classes, and she also creates many on demand classes for those who need to learn at their own pace and time. She has teach to many quilters and quilt guilds all around the world. Carolina currently lives in São Paulo, Brazil, where she has her own studio, from where she continue creating and developing her art. Currently Carolina is a Janome Maker for Janome America and a Wonderfil thread specialist for Wonderfil Specialty Threads.

Caroline Barley

Caroline Barley

Caroline has lived in the UK, Japan and Germany and says that each move has given her the chance to reinvent and reassess what she does for work and for fun. 

Carolyn Gibbs

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Inspired by her collection of antique quilts, she also teaches how to draft quilting designs which fit and complement the patchwork perfectly.

Chris Harget

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She has worked successfully teaching textile related workshops and weekly sewing classes throughout her working life. Chris remains in touch with many former students who like her attentive, enthusiastic approach to sharing her love of all things textile. She delights in discovering new ways of connecting to stitch and learning about different cultures and their rich textile histories.

Instagram: @textiles_chris

Cindy Cloward


She and her husband, Bret plus a talented group of artists and a dedicated team of employees – have grown this family business into one of the leading fabric manufacturers in the sewing and quilting industry.

Instagram: @cindycloward

Debbie Harris


Using her creative skills and teaching experience, Debbie hopes to offer you a down to earth approach to sewing, knitting and crochet projects. By providing you with easy-to-follow patterns and kits, it makes it easy so that you can enjoy these amazing hobbies.

Debbie Shore


She began her career in television, as both a presenter and actor, though sewing was always a big part of her life. Debbie has developed her own range of fabrics, designed her own patterns and writes for several popular sewing magazines.

Delphine Brooks


Her journey has taken Delphine from studying Fine Art to discovering a passion for all things Textile. She loves creating designs that incorporate bold colours and patterns, using them to express the ways in which I see the world. She wants to make the textile arts accessible to people of all abilities, creating projects that will inspire other to embrace their own creativity.

Denise Labadie

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Her quilts are known for their moody realism, and the use of hand-painted fabrics, assertive stone textures, varying appliqué techniques, color subtlety and gradation, and deep and strong shadowing and perspective.

Ekta Kaul

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Her work is held in several permanent collections including at the Crafts Council, Liberty of London, Chiswick Library, the Gunnersbury Museum (London), Tatter Blue Library (New York) and those of private collectors in the UK, US and Japan.

Instagram: @ekta_kaul

Elizabeth Brimelow


She was originally an occupational therapist.  After her family grew up she studied textiles, main subject embroidery, at Manchester Metropolitan University, BA and MA.  She has been a prize winner at Quilt National, USA and at the Festival of Quilts in the UK.

The landscape in the Peak District is the inspiration for her work.  Macclesfield where she lives is a silk town and she uses a lot of silk in her work.   She manipulates cloth which she uses for its tactile quality, intimacy and substance.

Landscape is where she lives, what she looks at, what she draws and what she stitches.

Emma Jones


She says “I love how calming and relaxing hand sewing is and I want to spread this joy to others.” Emma specialises in English paper piecing and embroidery and loves combining both mediums to create beautiful pieces.

Fi Oberon


Her book The Natural World of Needle Felting has been translated into 4 languages and has sold 40,000 copies internationally. Fi’s work has been featured in magazines widely and exhibited internationally.

Fiona Hesford

Fiona Hesford

Sewgirl is an indie sewing and dressmaking pattern company specializing in everyday clothing and accessories for the modern sewer. She regularly demonstrates on Sewing street TV and her projects are featured in leading sewing magazines.

Fiona Spargo-Mabbs

Pix show Fiona Spargo-Mabbs in Swanage, Dorset. She lost her teenage son Daniel to an accidental drugs overdose in 2014 and is now a leading voice on drugs education in UK
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Fiona co-founded the DSM Foundation in response to the loss of her son Dan to ecstasy. In 2022 she was awarded an OBE for services to young people.

Gai Taylor

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She is always looking for new techniques to teach and has been teaching Wool Felt Applique for the past 6 years. She has a love of bright colours and enjoysmixing colour and texture into her projects.

Gilli Theokritoff

Gilli Theokritoff

Gilli also exhibits her quilts and has won several awards. She is known for her contemporary and modern quilts and use of colour. Gilli has been teaching at the Festival for over 10 years.

Instagram: @quiltinggilli

Gillian Cooper

Gillian Cooper

She loves teaching, helping her students develop their own style and create things they never imagined possible.  Her students have won many awards.

Gillian Travis

Gillian Travis

Her energy and enthusiasm for quilting shows in her art quilts and she loves to share her skills and experience in her teaching.

Gini Armitage

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Gini is a founder of Gini’s Dorset Buttons. She calls herself a multi-crafter, as she enjoys to crochet, make clothes, embroider, x-stitch, draw, paint, lace-make, origami, bag making, weaving, felting. book binding, jewellery making….

Hazel Ryder & Terry Donaldson

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At InStitches, the emphasis is on extending your design and stitch skills, building confidence and developing your individual creative style. “Come and join us – be inspired!”

Helen Moyes

Her practice includes upcycling and using innovative textile art materials and techniques. Helen embraces many practices including both hand and free machine embroidery, wet and dry needle felting, art journalling, surface fabric and paper design and embellishment. Helen runs regular Creative Workshops both at her studio and for corporate & community groups and events. Helen gives inspirational talks, produces on-demand digital guidance, blogs, undertakes commissions and creates kits for us to get creative at home. Helen brings some peace and play to our everyday!

Herma De Ruiter

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She enjoys using all kinds of techniques in her work but almost all of it is heavily stitched. Herma is particularly fascinated by the way adding thread to a piece of fabric can completely change its appearance.

Facebook: @HermasQuilts
Instagram: @hermader

Hilary Jackson

She gets a great pleasure sharing her passion for all things textile related and since retiring she has worked with adults as well as children and young people. 

Instagram: @hilarynott

Hilary Jane Cheshire

She has a passion for traditional hand stitched work, patchwork and quilting, which she has been teaching for the past 20 years with beginners and experts alike. Her successful classes and workshops are based around her own designs for traditional quilting and embroidery. When not teaching, Hilary Jane spends her time making journal quilts and beautiful hand stitched textile pictures.

Jane Haworth

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After attending Carlisle Collage of Art and Design and studying textile Design Jane went on to a career sewing. She only learned about quilting when moving to the USA. Jane now teaches, nationally and internationally to quilt guilds, quilt shops and at quilt shows. Her experience ranges from teaching at Road to California and Craft Napa, to the International Quilt Festivals in Houston and Dubai. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Mountain Art Quilters, and her local Quilters Guild in Auburn, CA. 

Facebook: @Jane.Z.Haworth
Instagram: @janehquilter
Pinterest: @janehh22

Jane Renton

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Her work has been exhibited at Guild shows, the annual Garden Show in Pietermaritzburg and National Festivals, as well as awards received.
Jane is a qualified teacher and experienced quilter and in 2014 she completed the South Africa Quilters Guild Quilt Teachers Accreditation Course and has been teaching classes in appliqué, patchwork and quilting – both on a domestic machine and longarm. Jane loves to pass on her knowledge and skills, to motivate and inspire a love for this wonderful art form.

Janet Goddard


Patchwork, quilting and applique are her favourites. Janet is a qualified teacher, an author of six textile books and a prolific pattern designer for magazines and fabric companies.  

Janice Croft

Janice Croft
Her style is hands on learning using practical projects to create items you will love to keep and gift. For the shows she produces classes for bags, purses and organisers. Janice’s day classes focus on adapting designs, style and fitting. She says ”beautiful sewing is of no use without elegant design and a perfect fit”. Her aim is for you to leave a workshop brimming with confidence, able to take your sewing to the next level. To wear what you make with pride. She is available for 1-2-1 tuition, small or larger groups, sewing retreats in Kent, Coventry and Essex.

Facebook: @JaniceCroft
Instagram: @Ioni59

Jennie Rayment


International tutor, lecturer, author of many books/patterns, TV demonstrator, designer and innovator of multitudinous techniques for manipulated textiles. Jennie educates and enthrals, encourages and enthuses with dynamic folding and piecing designs.

Jessica Grady


Her colourful and contemporary work explores hand embellishment and embroidery with mixed media and zero waste materials. She is also a member of group Art Textiles: Made in Britain.

Jo Avery


Jo loves inspiring others with her colourful designs which perfectly blend modern and traditional aesthetics. As 1/3 of The Thread House she organises quilting retreats and an annual BOM Club. She is the author of ‘New Patchwork and Quilting Basics’ and ‘Modern Crewel Embroidery’.

Jo Westfoot


It’s truly rewarding to see people progress and have ‘lightbulb moments’. Most of her teaching these days is via her online sewing school where she teaches courses on various techniques, runs a membership club and regularly hosts Block of the Month programmes. Her style is fresh and modern and often features bright cheery colours.

Joe Cunningham

Joe Cunningham
A native of Flint, Michigan, he has lived in San Francisco for 30 years. He was greatly inspired by reading the story of the English quilter known as Joe the Quilter and eventually composed a musical to tell the story of Joe Hedly’s life.
Over the years, Cunningham has written a dozen books, many magazine articles, museum catalogue essays and papers on the subject of quilts. He has lectured at museums, universities and for quilt guilds and conferences internationally.
His quilts are found in major museums in the US and in many private collections. Cunningham maintains a quilt gallery and studio in San Francisco and teaches his online Quilt Freedom Workshops to students worldwide.

Judi Kirk

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She lives in Kent with her “almost-perfect” husband, who also acts as her roadie. 

Website: www.judikirk.com

Judi Mendlesshon

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She also gives talks and teaches patchwork workshops and classes around the UK and abroad. Judi will lead some hand-sewing projects during the tour and share her knowledge of Japanese quilts, fabrics, and techniques along the way.

Jules Mayouf

Jules Mayouf

As a Guest Designer on Sewing Street TV ,Jules enjoys demonstrating both her own patterns and those of other designers .Jules relishes mixing crafting styles and encouraging her students to develop their own individuality.

Facebook: @JulesMayouf
Instagram: @byjulesmayouf

Julie Edwards


Her style is quirky and modern. She likes to make use of fabric scraps to create little pictures enhanced with some slow stitching. She enjoys sharing her passion for creating with others and has taught in various places.

Karen Crookes


Her main passion is embroidery along with patchwork and quilting. When designing her quilts, Karen tries to to incorporate all of these into her patterns.

Karen Purdew


After a long career in education she has now chosen to use her teaching skills to pass on her love of quilting. Karen is passionate about the Accuquilt Cutting system and enjoys using dies in innovative ways.

Karla Gerome

Karla Gerome

She is the daughter of Grace Company’s namesake and is the sister to the Company’s owner Jim Bagley. Karla brings the same innovation of Grace Company products to her quilting and loves inspiring others to quilt in their own unique ways.

Katalin Horvath


She teaches her own developed applique technique called the Draw-Sew-Trim. She exhibits regularly on international venues and teaches her technique through a large variety of patterns combining it with other techniques.

Kate Haxell


Her leisure time is filled with delicious fabrics, yarns and haberdashery.

Kate Sandford

Kate Sandford

She has only ever followed two quilt patterns, preferring to create her own. Always colourful, she enjoys precision piecing and conversely wild improvisation. She believes that play is an important part of creativity and learning and incorporates it regularly into her studio time.

Facebook: @KateSandford
Instagram: @katemustsew

Katharine Wright


She loves to pass on her knowledge and passion through her workshops at Leicestershire Craft Centre, major Craft Shows and demonstrations on Sewing Street TV.

Kathryn Pellman


Her whimsical series of small, playful, single frame cartoons featuring long limbed and knobby kneed Fashionistas that invoke fashion illustration. Fashionistas mixed with some Word Salad combine fashion and quilting along with her passions and are a celebration and exploration of women and femininity, their lives, friendships and romantic relationships, real and imagined. 

Kim Suleman

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She has not only retailed a carefully curated collection of craft & sewing supplies but promoted education within the sector. As an ambassador for world class brands including Vlieseline, Brother, Prym & Falc Threads, Kim is highly regarded in the industry for her experience and expertise. As a popular and regular presenter on the Create & Craft shopping channel she is household name and firm favourite with crafters. Kim shares her own sewing projects in both workshops and as patterns and books. all designed to inspire, educate and encourage creativity.  Alongside her professional stitching career Kim is a prominent figure in the WI and works to support creativity in the local community. Kim enjoys riding her bike and regular takes part in charity events. 
“Let’s get everyone sewing and having fun!”

Laura Kemshall

Laura Kemshell

She’s co-authored a number of books and as the co-founder of DesignMatters Art and Craft School she has over 20 years of in-person and online teaching experience.

Linda Seward


She has written twelve quilting books, including a complete update of The Complete Book of Patchwork, Quilting and Appliqué, considered by many to be ‘the quilter’s bible’ and The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting.

Facebook: @LindaSeward 
Instagram: @quiltmaniac1 

Lis Binns


She loves using their thread and have used it alongside other brands since she  discovered them in 2009, but now uses it exclusively for her creations and workshops.

L’Merchie Frazier

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She is also an Executive Director of Creative and Strategic Planning for SPOKE Arts / /Medicine Wheel and she was formerly Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket. She is a member of Women of Color Quilters Network. She was recently appointed a Massachusetts Art Commissioner. Frazier has served the artistic community for over twenty years as an award winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet, in one life work “Save Me From My Amnesia”, with residencies in Brazil, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Africa, France, and Cuba. Her collected works are in the Smithsonian, the White House, Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Her work supports the dialogues that concern social justice, repair and the restoration narrative of civil and human rights.

Liz Holpin

Liz Holpin has been quilting for over twenty years and worked with her parents and brothers as a Director of The Cotton Patch up till 2015.  The Cotton Patch became established as the leading provider of a huge range of patchwork and quilting supplies in the UK.In 2017 Liz and her husband Pete set up Pinhole Quilting, becoming the Distributor for Handi Quilter machines in the UK and Europe. She brings considerable knowledge and experience of all aspects of machines quilting, education and events.

Louise Mabbs

Louise Mabbs
She is also developing new projects/books: 60at 60: a reflection of her work and inspiration. Remembrance: commissions using clothes commemorating people or anniversaries. The Teens Drugs Quilt: a social awareness project following her nephew’s death from ecstasy.

Mary McIntosh


Mary offers workshops to groups throughout the UK in person and via zoom as well as in-person workshops in East Anglia.

Mary Taylor

‘Crazy Mary’ Taylor provides textile craft classes and demonstrations, hosts residential sewing retreats and also runs textile art projects for schools and community groups.

Maryse Allard

Maryse Allard
When she discovered pojagi about ten years ago, the transparency and graphics of this traditional Korean art appeared to her as an obvious, logical continuation in her creative path. She published a book ” Le Pojagi, art du patchwork coréen “.
This textile adventure has taken her far away to exhibitions in Korea, Russia, Japan, Turkey and has allowed her to build strong links with Korean friends. Maryse loves these collaborations, source of inspiration and creation. Today she continues to give workshops, to exhibit her work and to develop this art with the addition of curves. Maryse likes to remain an ambassador of pojagi while keeping her European sensitivity.

Mick Stead

Mick Stead

He enjoys trying new techniques many of which her incorporates into my quilts. While travelling the globe, Mick likes to buy fabric for his quilts. Mick has taught at every Festival of Quilts since it started.

Molly Brown


After a 35 year career as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS, Molly changed direction in 2016. She now teaches a wide variety of skills, including shisha embroidery, indigo dyeing and clamshell patchwork. She also works on her own projects.

Nerrisa Pratt

Nerrisa Pratt

The Bargello Edit is a brand that creates projects and kits for moderns makers excited to get to grips with the retro craft. Her debut book, ‘Bargello’ is also out now.

Website: www.thebargelloedit.com
Instagram: @nerrisapratt

Nicky Simpson


Her previous careers are as a senior director at a Fashion Print Agency, designing and creating seasonal fashion print collections for the international market. Nicky taught Fashion & Textiles for 12 years. She now co-runs the Textile Skills Centre as a textile consultant, developing and leading the delivery of textile workshops. Nicky’s own work is creating arts and craft with a heat press, featuring both machine and hand embroidery. Much of her work incorporates the flora found naturally in our beautiful English countryside. Her latest workshop was with the National Trust.

Pat Archibald


In her workshops, classes and talks, she creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere and encourages her students to develop lecture and workshop ideas to create their own unique art quilts.

Paula Steel

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Paula enjoys working with bold colour combinations and geometric designs. Paula loves to pass on her knowledge and encourage quilters to try something new. Last year was a great year for Paula with her quilt “Spirit of Adventure” coming 1st in the modern category.

Penny Bicknell

Penny Bicknell

She is also an accredited Quilt Judge. Basing her designs on traditional patterns Penny develops, alters and makes additions to produce unique one off designs. Penny sews by machine using speed techniques but adds detail with hand embroidery and embellishment.

Petra Donath

Petra Donath

She has been working as as application specialist for a needle manufacturer for more that 15 years. She still sews extensively, with her main interests being patchwork and quilting.

Rona Herman

Rona Herman

After teaching herself to quilt she began adding quilting adventures to her travels. Today Rona is a Travel Blogger, Vlogger, Author, Quilt Teacher, Pattern Designer and sharing her tips, tricks, inspiration and adventures with quilters the world over!

Rosie McKellar


When Rosie’s career brought her to the UK she decided to sign up for a course at the Royal School of Needlework. One thing led to another and she first completed a Certificate and then a Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery. Rosie also holds a City & Guilds adult education certificate. Rosie’s style is heavily influenced by her love of history and her native country, New Zealand.

Ruth Ann Berry


She also has over 50 quilt patterns available at majordistributors and designs patterns for Northcott and Free Spirit Fabrics. She owns and operates a small-town quilt store and online business, Quilter’s Clinic. Ruth Ann travels extensively to exhibit and teach at guilds and festivals. For more information, visit quiltersclinic.com.

Sam Jones

Sam Jones
She is an online tutor for the School of Stitched Textiles, manages a Level 3 Btec Fashion and Textile course and is the backstage director for Top Model UK/Worldwide.
Working on both paper and fabric Sam uses techniques such as indigo and stitch resist, eco printing and natural dyeing she is particularly interested in more sustainable textile processes. Sam is inspired by personal stories, places she has visited and the natural world.

Samantha Boot

Samantha Boot
Inspired by the landscape and stories of her rural Hampshire surroundings, she has had work exhibited both nationally and internationally, and was awarded 3rd place for Handwork at QuiltCon, Phoenix 2022.

Sandra Meech


Later when introduced to stitched textiles – photography, painting and collage with mixed media, on fabric and stitch became her new approach to creative expression.

Sarah Ashford

Sarah Ashford

She is also an author of 2 books, Jump into Patchwork and Quilting and Rotary Cutting Basics.

Sarah Boardman

Sarah Boardman

It helps her step back and take time to reflect andground herself. Sarah uses a combination of techniques and media to create her art; hand and machine embroidery, applique on fabric and paper in bold colourful designs.

Sarah Brangwyn

When she first set the business up she was making curtains and blinds to order in addition to teaching to try to maintain an income whilst the teaching side of the business grew. Sarah felt that she wanted to represent both side of the business in one name. Things that she ‘made’ and things that others were ‘making’. They have now been going over 10 years and due to workload she now does less of the making and more of the teaching and business work.

Facebook: @madeandmaking
Instagram: @madeandmaking
Pinterest: @madeandmaking

Sarah Humphreys

Sarah Humphreys

Although primarily a modern quilter, she embraces many contrasts in her work. She loves bright fabrics or monochromatic colour schemes. She enjoys accurate, traditional techniques as well as improvised patchwork and is passionate about both free motion quilting and meditative hand stitching.

Sarah Payne


She regularly appears on the Create and Craft TV channel representing international brands including Oliso, Brother, Singer and Cutterpillar, as well as her own range of quilt kits and patterns. Sarah draws inspiration from the world around her and designs fabrics for Craft Cotton Company. Sarah also shares her passion for sewing with subscriptions for a block of the month, and with quilt hampers released every 3 months. She teaches regularly at her own premises in Peterborough, and online with the Crafty Monkies. She is active on Facebook and Instagram and has an online shop too.

Sheena Norquay


She has exhibited and taught nationally and internationally and is an honorary member of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles.

Sheila Christensen

Sheila Christensen

She started quiltng in 2008, and quickly became hooked. She is now an author, tutor and shop owner. Sheila’s specialty is designing quilts and blocks made with triangles and shapes with 60 degree angles

Steffi Stern


She owns The Makerss based in Gloucestershire, a craft retail business. Steffi feels passionate about teaching crafting skills and share her love for working with natural materials.

Twitter: @themakerss
Instagram: @themakerss
Pinterest: @themakerss

Sue Bouchard

Sue Bouchard

Her passion is teaching and inspiring others on their creative journey. Sue has taught at many Quilt Guilds, Quiltcon, Domestic and International Festivals Craftsy and Craftours throughout the world. (USA)

Suzanne Boulter

Tara Newboult

Tara Newboult

Moving to the UK in 2022 she is currently exploring embroidery and design at the Japanese Embroidery Center and the Royal School of Needlework. 

Tracy Aplin


After having children she carried on making clothes and started making patchwork. Tracy started teaching sewing clubs at school and now teaches regularly at local shops and groups. She loves using bright colours, hand sewing and sharing her knowledge.

Intagram: @sewing_tracy

Trease Lane


She is now lucky enough to be able to inspire others to explore their creativity through exciting workshops and tutorials. Trease is also in the process of producing patterns for people to enjoy in their own homes.

Vendulka Battias

Vendulka Battais

She is also a winner of Best in show 2021 at the FOQ.

Victoria Merness


She owns a small business that promotes mental wellbeing through embroidery. Victoria’s embroidery kits contain fine knitting wool because it is such a tactile material, it is so easy to do and the results are amazing.

Wendy Dolan


She regularly shows her work at exhibitions, craft shows and fairs across the country. Specialising in Freehand Machine Embroidery and Creative Stitching Techniques, she offers a range of textile courses, workshops, demonstrations and lectures. 

Yvonne Pratt

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Having always been a creative person with a love for drawing and using texture to create art. It was not until much later in life through taking on a degrees BA(Hon) in Textile Design and then a Masters in Contemporary Craft Practice textiles became a passion. Education allowed exploration of different mediums within textiles and this then in turn developed into the textile art work she creates today. Throughout her degrees she learnt to develop design to transfer onto fabric, hand dye fabrics and free motion embroider. All the work she produces to date is through using those techniques, now she creates bespoke mix media textile art pieces which are focused on her fascination of nature.
Having had the privileged of working within education most of her adult life this has allowed those skill to be transferred to working as a freelance workshop teacher turning her hand to hand embroidery and free motion embroidery. “I am truly passionate and highly motivated maker who loves to pass on my knowledge and skills in hand crafted textiles”.

Pinterest: @yvonnepratt