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.

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.

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. You may have seen her on Channel 4 on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas. 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.

Vanessa Cordell

Vanessa is a mum of two girls and lives just outside Haywards Heath. 

An accountant before having children she has been lucky enough to be at home with the girls as they have grown up. Vanessa only took up sewing once the girls started school and found a real love in creating things for others. As well as dressmaking she loves patchwork and making things for the home (her husband thinks there are more than enough cushions already!). Vanessa is also becoming more competent at crochet thanks to Sarah and is finding it far easier to take on holiday than a sewing machine plus accessories!

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.

Leanda Xavian

Leanda is a letterer and illustrator based in Surrey. Following many years working as a graphic designer with prestigious clients both in London and Athens, Leanda dropped a full-time career to concentrate on raising a family. In 2010 she set up her first studio One Little Bird, designing and selling typographic prints for the modern home. Many of her prints featured fonts that had a hand-drawn feel which inspired her to investigate learning copperplate and pointed pen calligraphy. After months of intense study, The Fine Letter Co. was born in the summer of 2014. Leanda began teaching modern calligraphy workshops in 2015 and has since taught hundreds of people the art of beautiful writing. She teaches regularly as well as conducting corporate and private workshops. She is also a founding contributor on Calligrafile.com, the world's largest online resource for calligraphers and hand-letterers and is a member of the South London Lettering Association. When Leanda is not pursuing her creative interests, she enjoys spending time with her family and spending her summers in her husband's homeland of Greece.

Sarah Holloway

Sarah is a qualified Art & Design teacher and teaches all age ranges and abilities, in schools and in the community. She has been creative for as long as she can remember and has always loved making things. Having completed a Fine Art degree after leaving school, she also took a variety of additional Art classes from life drawing to experimental textiles. Sarah passionately believes that anyone can express themselves creatively through the visual arts and encourages people to have fun experimenting and exploring different materials. She lives in the countryside near Lewes with her husband, where they keep chickens and bees. She is currently making felt and mixed media wall hangings, which reflect her love of colour, texture and shape.

Coastal Crochet aka Eleonora Tully

Eleonora is a crochet designer and blogger who is passionate about crochet. Her Dutch mother crocheted her own wedding dress in 1974 and Eleonora was wrapped in crocheted blankets soon after she was born so crochet really has always been a part of her life! She grew up in a ‘handmade home’ with little crocheted curtains above the windows made by her mother and grandmother (very popular in The Netherlands in the 1970’s) and there were crocheted pot holders in the kitchen too.

Eleonora now lives by the sea along the south coast with her husband, three children and family dog, a Miniature Schnauzer called Salty. As a designer she draws a lot of inspiration from the coastline where she lives and shares this inspiration through her crochet blog 'Coastal Crochet' www.coastalcrochet.com

Eleonora has had many of her designs published in crochet magazines including 'Simply Crochet' ‘Inside Crochet’ and 'Crochet Now' and she posts regular crochet updates on her popular Instagram account @coastalcrochet In her day job she also works part time as a nurse and has hosted crochet workshops as part of local NHS wellbeing events.


As well as designing crochet patterns, Eleonora loves to share her passion for crochet and inspire others through workshops and teaching of th