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Our Experts

Anna Nikipirowicz
Carol Meldrum
Carolyn Forster
Debbie Abrahams
Emma Leith
Frederica Patmore
Hazel Tindall
Jane Crowfoot
Janet Clare
Janette Budge
Janice Gunner
Julie Dubreux
Karin Hellaby
Kathleen Anderson
Katrina í Geil
Lucy of Attic24
Mandy Shaw
Pat Archibald
Sarah Hazell
Sarah Smith

Learn from the very best!

Meet our craft experts

All our holidays and experiences feature carefully crafted workshops which are designed and led by renowned experts. You’ll learn from the very best as they teach you fantastic tips and techniques and guide you as you work on your very own creative project. Our experts have ample experience, each specialising in their own craft, and with years of expertise, many have won awards for their work, written books, and taught their craft throughout the UK and further afield.

Our small, intimate group sizes allow you to enjoy plenty of one-on-one time with our experts, and you’re always guaranteed a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Whether you’re an avid crafter or are just starting your journey, they are always on hand and will ensure you get the most out of your time away. For them, crafting is their true passion!

Anna Nikipirowicz
Anna is a crochet and knit designer, tutor and author of several crochet books. Her designs are regularly featured in craft magazines, and she also is a regular on Yarn Lane TV where she shares her designs and techniques. She also works closely with West Yorkshire Spinners and LoveCrafts.

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Carol Meldrum
Carol Meldrum is a textile designer, workshop tutor, and author of many popular knitting and crochet titles. She is the creative force behind the fashion accessories label, Beatknit. Carol is also a successful workshop tutor teaching all aspects of knit and crochet.

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Carolyn Forster
Carolyn Forster is a quilt designer, teacher and author from Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Since self-publishing her first book ‘Quilting on the Go’ in 2007, Carolyn has written ten more patchwork and quilting books with Search Press in the UK and Landauer Publishing in the USA.

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Debbie Abrahams
Debbie started her handknitting business back in the mid-nineties and is a designer, author and workshop tutor. She has been running her global Mystery Blanket and Cushion Clubs for almost two decades and is best known for her vibrant designs which combine beading with colourwork.

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Emma Leith
Internationally renowned for her yarn-bombing exploits, Emma has worked on numerous large scale commissioned yarn installations and gives regular talks and presentations on this popular movement. She works closely with Rico Design Yarns, Deramores and Simply Crochet.

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Frederica Patmore
Frederica is a knitting and crochet designer who has been working in the industry for nearly 20 years. She spent three years working as a designer and technical editor on the Woman’s Weekly Magazine team before co-founding Love To Knit and Crochet magazine.

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Hazel Tindall
Hazel Tindall was born and raised in Shetland, surrounded by knitters who depended on the craft to earn an income. Speed and efficiency were the key! In 2004, Hazel was recognised as the World’s Fastest Knitter, knitting an impressive 255 stitches in 3 minutes.

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Jane Crowfoot
Trained as a constructed textile designer, Jane Crowfoot has worked within the hand knitting craft industry for the last 25 years and is recognised as one of the leading designers within her field, more recently acknowledged as one of the pioneers of the UK crochet revival.

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Janet Clare
Janet Clare is an artist, textile designer, teacher, author, quilter and all-round creative thinker. She is inspired by words, sayings and lovely phrases that she comes across and also by children and the joy they find in the mundane.

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Janette Budge
Janette was taught to knit at a young age, around six years old, and has knitted for most of her life. She is keen to share the Shetland knitting heritage with the younger generation and beyond, and always incorporates Shetland knitting techniques into her workshops.

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Janice Gunner
Janice is an award-winning textile artist, teacher and author. She won the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Quilting at The Festival of Quilts 2019. Janice has a particular interest in traditional Japanese textile techniques including Shibori, the subject of one of her books.

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Julie Dubreux
Julie Dubreux is a French knitwear designer and knitting instructor. Her designs have been published in Pom Pom Quarterly, Laine Magazine and Knit Now UK, as well as in books such as I Knit Paris, My Favourite Things and Homecoming.

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Karin Hellaby
Internationally renowned quilt teacher Karin Hellaby is the author of 11 quilting books and numerous patterns. She is a regular teacher at the Houston International Quilt Show and has been invited to teach at quilting symposiums in New Zealand, Dubai, Paducah and more.

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Kathleen Anderson
Coming from a family of talented knitters, Kathleen began knitting at a young age. Her speciality lies in knitting fine lace shawls, the first of which she knitted some 40 years ago. She is a five-time winner of the prestigious Championship Award for the best craft item in show!

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Katrina í Geil
Katrina í Geil is a textile and knitting designer of international standing. She combines knowledge from knit and design with personal styling to give her garments a more personal edge. Katrina’s work focuses on reinventing the traditional Faroese craft and culture.

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Lucy of Attic24
Based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Lucy shares her passion for crochet, colour and yarn on her blog, Attic24. Winner of Most Iconic Crochet Designer and Social Media Superstar at the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2022, Lucy celebrated 15 years of Attic24 in March 2023.

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Mandy Shaw
The Queen of Redwork and owner of Dandelion Designs, Mandy Shaw is an experienced designer and well-known personality. Throughout her career, she has contributed to several publications and is the author of many handmade crafting books which share her quirky crafting style.

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Pat Archibald
Pat is a UK textile artist and tutor. Throughout her career, she has exhibited her work worldwide, won some wonderful awards, and even established Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop. Pat feels that each collection of quilts has its own unique identity.

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Sarah Hazell
Sarah Hazell has a passion for textiles. She worked as a full-time primary school teacher and then as a part-time tutor in Creative Textiles at her local college, before joining Rowan Yarns as a tutor. Sarah has a particular interest in colour work and exploring decorative techniques and, through her workshops, she aims to give inspiration as well as expertise.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah has taught for the RSN in the UK, Ireland and China, as well as at RSN workshops in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Free Hospital in London and at Knit and Stitch Shows at Alexandra Palace and Dublin. She also had the honour of teaching Her Majesty the Queen of Malaysia.

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