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.

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

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.

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.

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.



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.

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!

I have now been holding flower crown workshops for over 3 years. Over that time I have honed and perfected the method, to make it as easy, safe, and as much fun as possible for little hands. We work with a huge selection of colourful artificial flowers so it really brings out your wild side!"

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.

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.