Tutors 2020

Jenny Adin-Christie

is a freelance professional hand embroiderer and designer, with an innate passion for creating individual work; for the study/repair of antique embroideries and for inspiring others through her enthusiastic teaching. Jenny is originally from Derbyshire, England and came from a family who greatly valued craftsmanship, therefore learning her love of embroidery from an early age. She trained on the Royal School of Needlework’s intensive Apprenticeship, graduating in 1999 with distinction. Jenny continued to work at the school for a further 10 years as a member of the Studio team and teaching staff, eventually becoming Assistant to the Head of Studio and playing a key role in a broad range of major commissions, (such as working fine embroidered monograms for the front cover of Sir Paul MacCartney’s classical album, Ecce Cor Meum, the Jubilee Woolsack for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, the Jubilee Banner for Buckingham Palace and the curtains and pelmet for the restored Royal Opera House) in the production of new product ranges and in creating individual work including desgning Lenten Altar Frontals for Canterbury Cathedral. Jenny was privileged to play a leading role in the RSN team which created the exquisite applied lace panels for the Royal Wedding Dress, designed by Sarah Burton for the Duchess of Cambridge. Jenny embarked on a freelance career in 2009. She now teaches widely throughout the UK and beyond, including France, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Jenny is now widely recognized as a specialist in the fields of whitework, metal thread and raised embroidery. She runs a professional embroidery studio from her home in Surrey, UK, offering tutoring and commission work. Jenny also designs, develops and sells a unique range of contemporary embroidery kits together with a broad range of specialist tools and materials.

Ro Bruhn

is a graphic designer but gave up full time work seven years ago to concentrate on her art and teaching. She has been an artist, in one form or another, all of her life. Ro’s passion is painting in acrylic and pastels, working with fabrics, papers and jewellery. Colour plays a vital role in her work, it’s influence can be seen across all forms of her art. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions and also sells her work on-line. Her work has also been published in magazines and books. She teaches workshops on a regular basis from her home in Victoria, Australia and across Australia and New Zealand.


Jane Nicholas

has been researching and working in the field of embroidery for over twenty years. Specialising in stumpwork and goldwork embroidery, she has written nine books and has contributed widely to journals and magazines on the subject. In 1999 Jane was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further her studies in stumpwork in the United Kingdom and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), for her “services to hand embroidery as an artist, teacher and author”. She teaches widely in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America and continues to research and develop new techniques – particularly in stumpwork. A separate, but often related, area of her work is as a maker of artists books and boxes.

Heather Constantine

has always had a passion for embroidery and in the last 10 years enjoyed furthering her knowledge with designing her own pieces. She trained as a home economics teacher and enjoys teaching people new skills. It gives her a great sense of pleasure to see embroiderers of all levels achieve a completed article. She likes to think her classes are light hearted even though we are producing a counted piece of embroidery


Fiona Crowther-Aker

is crazy about threads, stitching and designing and loves sharing what she does. her mind is always busy with ideas for new projects! She loves taking her son to mountain bike events and sitting at the bottom of the hill in her deck chair, a coffee in the holder and stitching in hand, the sun on the mountains or snow on the hills.


Jo Dixey jo dixey       

is a member of Embroiderers and Lacemakers Guild and is a professional embroiderer and stitch artist. She trained at the Royal School of Needlework in the early 1990’s and then continue her studies to gain City and Guild’s Creative Embroidery, parts 1 and 2. Jo has been teaching, working commissions and exhibiting for more than 20 years in New Zealand and overseas.


Trish Hill

has stitched and sewn for many years. Her knowledge of embroidery has broadened since becoming a member of the Coromandel Embroiderers’ Guild. She particularly enjoys counted work and cross stitch.


Sarah Hooker

Many years retailing embroidery and patchwork supplies in Wellington gave Sarah the opportunity to explore all fields of contemporary and traditional hand and machine embroidery producing hundreds of samples of stitched work over the years. After selling the business in 2006 and deciding to continue teaching she has had the chance to really think about what she loved. It was teaching surface stitchery and canvas work with an emphasis on students creating their own original work using the simplest stitches creatively


Sue LucasSue Lucas

loves to stitch. She has been seriously stitching for the last 10 years, and recently began designing her own work. She loves the challenge of exploring ideas – working through design, composition, colour, stitch and materials to bring these ideas out of her imagination so others can see them.


Fiona Mendel        

has been stitching all her life. Her grandmother stitched beautiful counted thread work, her mother stitches gorgeous three-dimensional work and she loves surface stitchery. She stitches almost everyday – it keeps her sane. And both her daughters also stitch! Win! Win!


Shirley Pygott

prefers using traditional techniques and materials in new, innovative ways, and particularly enjoys interpreting New Zealand themes using metal thread, surface stitch and needle lace. She has tutored widely for more than 13 years in New Zealand and on 3 international cruises, and has been the travelling tutor for the NNI region in 2017 and nationally for ANZEG in 2019. Shirley has completed both the ANZEG Diploma of Embroidery and the Diploma of Embroidery Teaching.


Ailie Snow

has been working with textiles for more than 30 years now, regularly exhibiting and teaching around New Zealand, and more recently in Australia, Britain and the United States. In her stitched work, which has gained a number of national awards, she combines a wide range of cloth, as well as paper, print, and found objects, to convey an idea or feeling. She is never happier than with a needle in her hand, and some sort of experimental work challenging her to find a new way to communicate. With heaps of enthusiasm and encouragement, Ailie hopes to convey this sense of discovery and enjoyment to everyone in her classes. http://www.ailiesnow.com/