Meet the Tutors
Nicky Painter - Owner
Married to her husband of 16 years, Adrian and live in New Milton.
Born in the New Forest, after being a Travel Agent in Both Hosking World Travel in New Milton and Atkins Travel in Lymington, she then moved to Southampton Airport. Nicky then started working at Gatwick where she met her Husband. Moved back to the New Milton 4 years ago after her job change with British Airways at Heathrow.
Teaching craft since 2008, her passions everything crafty.. needle felting, wet felting, Folk art ( You can Folk it ! ambassador), Rubber stamping, paper crafts, scrapbooking, 3D art and home décor items.
Apart from crafting Nicky loves to walk, play golf, horse riding, cook, garden and keep fit.
"Crafting is my way of relaxing after a busy day at work, I love to teach and meet new people.. seeing people happy with what they have created and the smile on their faces makes me happy"
Donna Wilkins - The Crochet Company
My name is Donna and I love all things crochet!
My crochet home is based in Southampton, right down on the South Coast of the UK, where I live with my very understanding husband (who is drowning in yarn), two slightly crochet-embarrassed teenagers (I do whip the hook out wherever we go).
I design and create crochet items and kits with a modern look as well as . I love teaching crochet. It's brilliant to be able to pass the skills to someone and see their face when they create something beautiful all by themselves (I have some very clever students!).
I believe that crocheting (and other similar crafts) deliver some fantastic benefits in relieving stress and helping us be 'mindful' in this busy, crazy, constant world we live in. I know that it certainly helps me switch off from challenging days
Yolanda Ruddiman - Textile Artist
Ive been designing and creating for 15 years, since designing my wedding
dress and making my own jewellery and table decor. After years as a vintage trader and furniture painter, I found my passions are vintage items, especially textiles and wooden boxes; re-purposing items that might
otherwise be thrown away (everything can be used for something!); nature & natural materials - wood, metal, glass - I am obsessed with flowers! All my workshops will carry elements of recycling, vintage and natural
materials to create a new piece of art for your home, or as a gifts.
Kirsty Eustace -Textiles
“The uniqueness of my work comes from combining the unpretentious beauty of textile craft techniques with the sophistication of fine art. Seamlessly blurring the edges between the two disciplines creates charming and intriguing works of art”. Kirsty Eustace
Kirsty graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2001 with a BA(Hons) in Print design. She then took a few memorable years out working in the hospitality industry in the Mediterranean and the UK, before becoming a qualified Art and Textiles teacher in 2004. Kirsty has shared her passion for Art, Design and Textiles with hundreds of students from age 9 to 80.
Kirsty has sold work in galleries in Essex and Hampshire and her work can be viewed and brought via the local art scene. https://www.thelocalartgallery.com/artist-kirsty-eustace she also has a Facebook page which she welcomes you to follow. https://www.facebook.com/kirstyeustaceartIn between creating art, designing fabrics and making costumes Kirsty runs adult art textile workshops designed for those wishing to gain a new skill or just take a few hours out of their day to unwind, relax and produce a lovely artwork to take home. Although Kirsty’s art courses often have a theme she encourages you to incorporate your own ideas and style into your work. You don’t have to be an artist or able to draw to do her courses, using tried and tested techniques she will guide you step by step through the process to ensure everyone is able to achieve a great result
Rachel Brown - Fused Glass
Hello my name is Rachael and I'm a designer and maker with a passion for colour and glass.
Over the years I have tried many crafts and enjoyed most of them. In 2013 I found glass fusing and now I'm hooked.
I started teaching others after a friend persuaded me to run a workshop in her Art Shop. I was so nervous to start with, but I soon realised I love teaching others as much as I like making things myself. It is a great feeling when I help people get over the "I'm not very creative" or "I don't know what to make" stage.
I now run various workshops, from an introduction to glass fusing to a 6 week beginners course. I also run Funky Fusers workshops. Funky Fusers workshops are suitable for all as there is no glass cutting involved and all the materials have smooth edges
Jacquie Rolls artist from JaxsArts Willow Sculpture and Crafts
Willow sculpture, rag rug weaving, peg loom weaving
Jacquie is an experienced artist and crafts tutor who has been providing activities and workshops in the South of England for a wide section of the community for over 15 years.
Like many other creatives she can’t think of a time when she wasn’t making something a skill which has been handy over the years and one that she has been put to good use.
Jacquie is adept and teaching many different crafts from printmaking to crochet and lots in between. She has been working with willow for over 15 years and this is also now her main area of teaching along with creating rag rugs and peg loom weaving, she has a particular interest in using and combining natural materials and items and materials that would be otherwise be thrown away.
In addition to providing opportunities for people to learn new skills she also works to commission for private clients as well as working with a wide variety of organisations and client groups to deliver projects and event.When she’s not teaching or creating her own work, you may see her at various events, shows and festivals where she will be demonstrating and or provides taster activates. She also takes part in various art shows exhibiting her sculpture and artwork
Sara Braxton Knitting and Quilting
"I have always been a crafter and think that the first item I knitted was a jumper for my teddy bear - which he still wears!
I have a City & Guilds qualification in Creative Textiles, specialising in patchwork and quilting. Since giving up full time work I have been able to indulge my passion for crafting, making several quilts for friends and running my own craft stand full of hand stitched and knitted toys, quilts and all sorts.
I love sharing my crafting knowledge and passing on any tips that I can.
Sue Tye – Dressed To Impress
I have been sewing for over 30 years and at present my
business specialises in altering wedding dresses. However alterations are just a small part of
my work as I also make many garments from scratch.
I have made items such as skirts, jackets, tops and more
advanced garments such as ballgowns and wedding dresses.
In an age where learning to read a pattern and sew a garment
isn’t being taught at school any more, and thus it has become a dying trade, it
is so rewarding to be able to pass on these skills.
I have mentored many people over the years showing them how
to assemble garments which they have proudly worn and have gone on to making
their own clothing from the experience gained.
I live on the edge of the New Forest and I am married to my husband Kevin and have two grown up children.