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 enjoys all kinds of craft including dyeing, felting, weaving, stitching and patchwork and is currently a bit obsessed with hand sewing hexagons! Louise has three children and has recently "retired" from a career in pharmacy to live a more creative life. 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.

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.

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  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 and needle felting to adults and children.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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! 

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.

 

 

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.

Laura Tindorf

"I have always been creative. From a very young age I was always drawing. This led to studying art at G.C.S.E, A , and finally up to degree level.

A career in fashion design and buying de-railed my creativity for a while, but when I took a career break to have my son 9 years ago I rediscovered my love of all things artistic! I started my little “Love" business empire 5 years ago.... LoveLetters (calligraphy), LovePetpics (pet portraits), and LoveFlowers (flowercrown parties). Now I can always be found painting, writing, drawing, making, planning or designing, something creative every day!

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.

Beth Power

Beth is an embroidery and textile artist from East Sussex who has always loved creating, sewing and playing with (or hoarding!) beautiful fabrics. 

After completing a degree in Mixed Media Textiles at De Montfort University, Leicester, she has developed her own distinctive style of embroidery art using pre-printed or coloured fabrics to build up landscapes (affectionately known as Stitchscapes) which are then highly embellished with multiple forms of hand embroidery.

With a free-style approach and a no-right-or-wrong attitude, her art pieces are becoming more textured and three-dimensional, with an eye for colour and patient attention to detail in every one. 

What started as a hobby has now turned into a flourishing embroidery business, Dotty Textiles.

Jenny Jackson

Jenny Jackson has been a demonstrator on Sewing Quarter TV and regularly contributes to Quilt Now and Love Patchwork and Quilting magazines. Jenny loves all things patchwork and quilting! Her favourinte techniques are English Paper Piecing and Foundation Paper Piecing and she absolutely loves teaching people how to get going with these and sharing her tips with everyone.

Lisa Lam

Lisa grew up ina make-it-yourself household. After studying accessories design and manufacture at London College of Fashion, she set up her online bag making accessories shop U-Handbag in 2005. Soon after, she began to write craft books. Her first book "The Bag Making Bible" has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide. She is also a Craftsy (now Bluprint) instructor and has most recently been a guest designer on Sewing Quarter TV. Lisa loves teaching and very much has the attitude that anyone can learn whilst having fun! She lives in Brighton with her husband and daughter.

Suzanne Snow

Suzanne began paper cutting by chance whilst on an illustration course when experimenting with silhouettes and it has gradually evolved from there. Her first layered woodland paper cut was made whilst living in Australia when she was homesick and missing damp, foggy days! She has taken part in the Brighton open houses since 2015, exhibits in galleries and sells her work at craft fairs as well as taking commissions. She tries to house her paper cuttings in found objects, anything from drawers, clocks or lanterns enjoying the recycling of something that no longer works, or has been discarded, and giving it a new lease of life. Suzanne loves workshops as it is a social way to introduce people to this wonderful and versatile art form. It is a really forgiving medium, if you make a mistake, you just cut it out!

Carolyn Forster

Carolyn Forster studied textiles at Bath and has a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting. Over the years Carolyn's work has been featured in various British and International quilting magazines. Her quilts have appeared on the television, both here and in the US and she has contributed to books published by New Holland and That Patchwork Place. Since self-publishing her first book, Quilting-on-the-Go, Carolyn has written books for Landauer Publishing in the US and Search Press in the UK.

Claire Richards

Claire has been working with raffia since 1993 when a visiting Australian was teaching raffia hat making. Claire plaited her way through most of the 90s, attending events selling hats and running workshops across the UK. Claire is the author of "Raffia" by the Crowood press which was published in the late 90s. Claire had a break from raffia whilst bringing up her son and re-started her business in July 2019. She has extended her range of bags and has moved to only using natural dyeing methods. Claire is enjoying running workshops again wanting them to be relaxed, enjoyable and fun. Claire lives in Dorset but has family locally and uses raffia as an excuse to travel! She remains life-long friends with her Australian teacher, last Summer they holidayed together in Copenhagen....Claire forgot to take a hat!