Our tutors

Sarah Brangwyn

Owner of Made and Making, Sarah has been sewing all her life. Having studied an Economics degree and had a career in the corporate world Sarah now enjoys the chance to do something a lot more practical. A keen sewer, she has been making curtains and blinds, for herself and others for years. She is also an excellent crocheter, having inherited the genes from her grandmother. She also loves needle felting and a variety of paper based crafts and has also spent the last couple of year building her drawing and art skills in her own style. Her passion is helping others to gain the same level of enjoyment from doing such simple things and loves nothing more than dabbling and playing around when family life allows. Sarah teaches sewing, crochet, needle felting and a variety of craft workshops. She is also one of the tutors for the Children's workshops.

Elaine Baker 

Elaine lives in Sussex and you will usually find her in her 'painting shed' decorating china and porcelain using ceramic paints, which are then kiln fired to make the designs permanent. The technique is called 'onglaze' which means that she uses ceramic paints on white glazed (glossy) china. A regular comment is "you must be artistic" but Elaine is firm that anyone who can use a pen to doodle or fill in a colouring book can create a unique and useful item after a little tuition on how to use the paint. She also uses transfers for some designs. She has been painting for over 20 years and feel lucky to have had tuition from professional painters who were trained in potteries such as Royal Worcester. She really enjoys sharing her knowledge and has been holding workshops for different age groups and skill levels for over 10 years. Elaine teaches china decoration and jewellery making.

Louise Cray

Louise has been with Made and Making since the earliest of days. She is an avid crafter so it seems fitting that we first met at a craft fair. She would describe herself as a jack of all trades and master of none, just like we all might, because she will play and experiment with all kinds of different techniques. Juggling an active craft life with three children and a job is never easy but she escapes to her shepherds hut whenever she can. She enjoys sharing her techinques and is now a vital part of the team helping with workshops and behind the scenes. Louise teaches an assortment of craft workshops and does lots of work behind the scenes as well.

Tanya Tunley

Tanya is a mother of four with a huge love of sewing and knitting. Having studied a Biochemistry degree and trained to become a solicitor life changed and she took on the role of an NCT antenatal teacher. Her love of patchwork means she is a complete addict, with fabric stashes to match. She has been on a variety of workshops and courses herself and knows how important it is to have a calm and patient manner when instructing others. Tanya teaches patchwork.

Jackie Karley 

Jackie lives in Hassocks with her husband Chris. She has three grown up daughters and enjoys being part of the local community. She trained and worked as a primary school teacher, moving onto part time work for the Music service after the children had arrived. Sewing and particularly dressmaking have been an important and passionate part of her life for as long as she can remember. Six years ago she gave up teaching to start 'Bobbins and bows' doing dressmaking and alterations at home. She plays piano and harp and is involved in playing with the local school choir and a ladies choir which started life as part of the W.I. When she is not busy dressmaking or helping a friend with a pre-school music class (Kimbalu),she loves to walk through the countryside with her dog, Nellie. Jackie teaches some of the sewing and children's workshops.

Suzy Bennett

Suzy has been a schoolteacher since qualifying in 1997. She has taught at schools in England and Wales, including experience as a subject leader for craft, design and technology. She currently combines her long-standing interest in crafts with part-time teaching and a busy family life in Hurstpierpoint, where she lives with her husband and two young sons. Suzy's craft experience ranges from sewing to silversmith skills, in particular the production of her own designs of jewellery pieces. She is an accomplished and experienced felt maker using both wet and needle felting techniques, to produce a wide range of accessories, toys, jewellery and ornaments for example. Sharing the possibilities that felt making has to offer is something that Suzy very much enjoys. Suzy teaches wet felting to adults and children.

Sue Collins

From her studio in the Sussex countryside Sue creates images using a combination of photography and sketching, as well as drawing on her own personal experiences and memories. She is an artist, printmaker and freelance textile designer. Her work sells internationally. Sue has a Fine Art Degree and works predominately in printmaking with linoleum. Her work has been shown on the BBC and this year she was shortlisted for the Artists & Illustrators of the Year Award at the Mall Galleries in London. 

For more information on galleries and stockists and to see some of Sue's work then please visit either her Instagram account @suecollinsart or her webside www.suecollinsart.com Sue teaches Lino Printing.

Julie Clapp

Julie has been enjoying the art of knitting since she was taught by her Grandmother at age 4. Once started there has been no stopping her and she has made jumpers, cardigans, blankets, baby clothes, socks and toys. Julie enjoys using the different wools and knitting needles available today to make her projects more interesting and firmly believes that once the basics have been mastered anything is possible. Twists and cables, different coloured wools to make patterns, or just playing with different textures. Since moving to Sussex in 1984 she has knitted cardigans and jumpers for sale in Sussex and London working from patterns supplied by a knitting designer.  She has sold her own items in local local independent retailers, exhibited at the South of England show (a knitted cauliflower cuhsion no less!) and sold numerous items at various fairs. Julies calm and patient manner make her an excellent tutor. Julie teaches knitting.

Pam Monk

Pam has been sewing for many years and has recently moved to Eastbourne. The proud mum of three children she undertook a City and Guilds course in creative studies and design featuring fashion whilst she was bringing them up. Then, having spent years dressmaking for herself, and the making for the home, she has more recently been undertaking commissions for home furnishings. She has a very calm and patient manner which is perfect for our friendly relaxed workshops. When she's not sewing she can turn her hand to most things including decorating and up cycling furniture. Pam runs some of our sewing friendly and charity workshops and the odd knit and natter.

Elizabeth Cake 

Elizabeth has been dressmaking since the age of 14, trained as a pattern cutter in London in 2002 and went on to work in the fashion industry in Hackney, translating designers' drawings into flat patterns to be made into samples. She also works as a sub-editor on women's magazines, has contributed craft projects to several publications and her book Make Your Own Lampshades was published by Cico in 2013. She has been teaching since 2010 including at the Vintage at Goodwood festival and at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Elizabeth teaches pattern cutting.

Anna O'Neill

Anna is a practising printmaker and illustrator with a fine art degree in printmaking and a masters in illustration, both from Brighton University. She designs and prints a range of greetings cards and products under the name of Box Room Press. Anna has been teaching printmaking techniques for a number of years to a wide age range.

She has lived in Eastbourne for a number of years while her three daughters were growing up. When she is not busy creating and printing new designs she is probably out walking on the downs with Sausage her little dog (and muse!).

Deirdre Huston

 Deirdre is a writer and photographer who is inspired by people, the outdoors and history. She has written and photographed 4 South East guidebooks for Vertebrate Publishing and her latest guide, Day Walks on the High Weald will be published in 2018. She writes historical fiction and, after completing an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, is seeking representation for her historical novel, The Howl of the Waves. Her experience as a writer has given her numerous insights into the publishing industry. When Deirdre left primary school teaching to have her three children, she turned to workshops and community teaching. She loves to share her expertise and to spark creativity and self-expression in others. She has taught photography with Northbrook College Adult Education and through Photography Pathways, sometimes in association with the National Trust. She also ran Young Writers’ Workshops for five years, encouraging students to fulfil their potential and, most importantly, to enjoy the creative art of writing. 

 Website www.deirdrehuston.co.uk.

Rebecca Eaton

Rebecca has been making and sewing since she was tiny.  She worked in Paris and London with numerous fashion house and taught on a Fashion Design Course in Swindon she has a broad experience of the Fashion world. She also runs her own handbag label launched in 2008 and has sold her work all round the world. Rebecca runs our leather and bag making workshops

Ellie Hipkin

Ellie studied Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University and subsequently worked in the fashion industry for 12 years before she started her textile artwork. Through the subtle use of textile print, embroidery, embellishment and hand painted techniques, her work brings to life the natural beauty and family life on the South coast and Sussex Downs. She mainly works with hand painting onto canvas, cottons and silks. Also adding mono printing with flowers and plants creating a unique look to each piece. Ellie also uses freehand machine embroidery to embroider local scenes in a very linear and monochrome style, giving detail and atmosphere. Ellie makes personalised artwork of homes, wedding venues, or businesses. She can also print photographs onto fabric and turn them into a unique pieces of textile artwork.

Lucy Gianella

Lucy has been a Primary School Teacher in West Sussex for nearly 20 year, having a BA Honors Degree in Primary Education, specialising in Design and Technology. Lucy has always had a love of craft and has taught Arts & Crafts in American summer camps and run a variety of craft and holiday clubs for children in Sussex. Lucy’s passion is sewing , particularly dress making and patchwork. Lucy runs some of our chidlren's workshops


Yolanda Clay

Yolanda is a mum to 3 girls and has been making and sewing ever since she can remember. Her mum taught her to sew and she developed her dressmaking skills as a teenager, desperate to make hand-me-down clothes fashionable again! As a qualified teacher she has spent over 16 years teaching German and French at both secondary and primary schools, but gave up classroom teaching in 2017 to focus on being creative again. She now loves teaching children and adults to sew. Alongside sewing, Yo enjoys spending time with her family, is very involved with her church, loves drinking tea & eating cake, and her cavapoo dog, Smudge, is always ready to chase a tennis ball or go for another walk. Yolanda runs some of our children's workshops.

Laura Reed

Since studying Furniture andProduct Design at University, Laura has worked in the retail display industry, designing window display props for a range of high street and high end brands. She has been making and crafting since childhood and after paper crafting for her wedding in 2012, she turned her passion into her work. She has recently moved from London to Hastings with her husband and baby Daughter, life has been quite different (much better) since her arrival! Her house is packed with mid century eBay and junk shop finds and some day soon she would like to get back to knitting and sewing! Laura leads our paper flower workshops.

Chrissy Smith

Chrissy has been making rag rugs for over twenty years. Her rugs are innovative, quirky and practical. Her love of all things textural has led her to using materials that would not be thought suitable for floor coverings, wall hangings and homeware.‘I often see the potential for a rug in materials that would not be thought of as suitable- plastic bags for example- make good bath mat rag rugs. The possibility’s are endless’. Chrissy leads our rag rugging workshops.