Knitting and Crochet
Introducing Hobbycraft Artisans, our in-store expert crafting colleagues who embody our love of craft and all things making. Here to support you on your crafting journey, our Artisans can help you to refine your current projects, or master a completely new craft. Visit your local Artisan in store or follow them on social media for updates on their workshops, demos, and of course, lots of ideas and inspiration!
Ask me about painting and Cricut.
Hi, my name is Beth Ainsworth I am an artist from Preston, Lancashire. I studied art throughout school and college, and then spent 5 years...
"Hi, my name is Beth Ainsworth I am an artist from Preston, Lancashire. I studied art throughout school and college, and then spent 5 years at University of Central Lancashire where I have just received my BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art & Design.
As an artist and crafter, I specialise in acrylic and watercolour paintings as well as crafting home decorations and gifts. I’m excited to join the Hobbycraft team as an Artisan to show, share and teach different techniques I use when painting and creating."
Ask me about oil, acrylic, and watercolour painting.
I am an artist specializing in oil paints who holds a Fine Art degree from The University for The Creative Arts, Farnham...
"I am an artist specializing in oil paints who holds a Fine Art degree from The University for The Creative Arts, Farnham. I am an art tutor by day and paint in the evening. I paint animals and pets although I really love painting portraits too.
I am really excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan because I’ve got so much knowledge that I’ve built up over the years that I can’t wait to share! I also can’t wait to learn from the other artisans and learn more about their crafts.
I want to showcase different mediums and get people to try art materials they’ve never used before. I want to inspire people to take up art, whether it’s something as simple as pencil drawing to the messier oil painting – give art a go! My motto is ‘create everyday’, even if it’s something small."
Ask me about floristry, Cricut, and Sewing.
I live with my husband, my two teenage boys and my seven year old son so craft is very much my escape! In my crafting corner I have...
"I live with my husband, my two teenage boys and my seven year old son so craft is very much my escape! In my crafting corner I have my beautiful Necchi Sophia sewing machine, a Cricut maker, wool for crochet, wool roving for felting animals, wood burning tools, and obscene amounts of fabric.
I am an experienced florist, in 2009 I won the UK skills 'Florist of the Year'. I still try to use my floristry skills at home with family and friends weddings and love sharing my knowledge with customers planning their flowers for weddings or events.
Sewing is an integral part of my life, if it’s not costumes for school its decorations for the house or bunting for friends. I also have a Cricut Maker which I am obsessed with! I use it most days for a whole host of crafts, some days I manage to combine the sewing machine and the maker thanks to its versatility. It has opened up a whole new world to makers of all different types and levels. I love Cricut Wednesdays - the challenge of answering customer’s questions and hosting demo days is such a brilliant opportunity.
I would describe my style as eclectic and chaotic. I like to try everything and anything and never just stick to one craft area. I particularly like to use colours that harmonise with each other when I am sewing or making. I get my colour inspiration from flowers and nature and like to work with natural textiles.
It’s a huge privilege to be Hobbycraft Artisan. It's great to be given the opportunity to learn more, share what I know and meet new crafters with huge amounts of passion - I feel very lucky."
Ask me about mixed media art and illustration.
"My name is Adele, and I'm a team leader at the Hobbycraft in Peterborough store. I have a creation obsession and will craft with anything...
"My name is Adele, and I'm a team leader at the Hobbycraft in Peterborough store. I have a creation obsession and will craft with anything I can get my hands on - I love using objects in ways they weren't intended for!
My main crafts currently are drawing, sculpting, painting and needle felting, but like to think my speciality is in wildlife portraiture and illustration - particularly with pencil crayons. Side crafts among other things include; pyrography, glass engraving and freehand crochet (which is a fancy way of saying I make patterns up as I go along!)
My inspiration always comes from the natural world- animals and natures are an unlimited resource for ideas!
I'm excited about being an Artisan for Hobbycraft because I love learning and am passionate about creativity, I think that many people are scared to try new crafts because they don't want to fail so I'm excited to share my knowledge and help others take the plunge into craft!"
Ask me about baking and cake decorating.
I’m Chloe Edwards, a baker and cake decorator with a passion for crafting. I have been decorating cakes since the age of 11...
"I’m Chloe Edwards, a baker and cake decorator with a passion for crafting. I have been decorating cakes since the age of 11 and am entirely self-taught! I also have a huge interest in photography, and enjoy taking snapshots whilst on long walks with my West Highland Terrier, Murphy.
Illusion cakes are my favourite to make as I love to be creative and turn fondant into almost anything; from a flower pot to spaghetti and meatballs!
I am looking forward to becoming an Artisan so I can share my knowledge and passion for baking and cake decorating with other people. I also can’t wait to be creative and have fun whilst doing something I love."
Ask me about Cricut and papercraft.
Hi, my name is Chrissie and I am a pizza and craft loving mum of two boys. I started working for Hobbycraft in 2007...
"Hi, my name is Chrissie and I am a pizza and craft loving mum of two boys. I started working for Hobbycraft in 2007 as a part time general assistant, and now I work as a team leader whilst also being a Hobbycraft Artisan and a Cricut Ambassador.
I started off in card-making, before branching out to baking, and soon enough, I discovered Cricut - now there's no stopping me! I use my Cricut machines pretty much every day.
From t-shirts and cards to clocks, labels and now also engraving, if I can use my Cricut for something, I will. Cricut is growing at a phenomenal rate and I'm so excited to be able to see this progression from my role in Hobbycraft.
Crafting is my happy time and it definitely helps me relax (although a few projects have been known to stress me out!)
I am so excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan because I love to share crafting and hopefully help other crafters on their own crafting journeys. I love to meet like-minded crafters and hear all about their projects and ideas."
Ask me about mixed media and needlework.
Hello my name is Nicole, I am the Artisan for the Thanet Store and I have been working for Hobbycraft for nearly one whole...
"Hello my name is Nicole, I am the Artisan for the Thanet Store and I have been working for Hobbycraft for nearly one whole wonderful year!
I love a multitude of crafts including painting, drawing, macramé, mosaics and sculpting but my ultimate crafty passion is crocheting!
Pretty much any spare time I have is spent doing crafts and I always have a million artsy ideas swirling around in my head.
I am always excited to try new arts and crafts too and can’t wait to share more fun experiences during our awesome Artisan workshops!"
Specialisms: Art – Illustration
Hi my name is Emma; I’m from Chester in Cheshire, I feel very lucky to be right in the centre of such a vibrant and creative city...
"Hi my name is Emma; I’m from Chester in Cheshire, I feel very lucky to be right in the centre of such a vibrant and creative city. I’ve been creating and painting as long as I can remember. I studied Fine Art and Illustration at university and I’ve been illustrating children’s books for many years.
I often work in mixed media in my own art work and aim to experiment with new brands and techniques in order to develop and refine my own artistic style. I'm eager to share what I've learnt over the years within the industry and collaborate with others who are just passionate in order to learn from them in return. I also believe it's important to gets kids excited about creativity from a young age and our workshops are a fantastic way to do that and provide opportunities to try out different crafts and materials.
I’m excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan because I’m passionate about challenging creative boundaries and inspiring others to get involved in art and crafts. This is something I believe Hobbycraft as a brand has succeeded in already, as an artist I’m thrilled to be a part of it."
Ask me about crochet and jewellery design.
My name is Sam Lane and I'm a crochet artist, jewellery designer and Hobbycraft Artisan. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary...
"My name is Sam Lane and I'm a crochet artist, jewellery designer and Hobbycraft Artisan. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Jewellery and a big passion for all things crochet.
I love experimenting with colour juxtapositions, textured embellishments and obscure yarns to create visually striking and curious objects.
As a Hobbycraft Artisan I have a wonderful opportunity to explore my world of playful crochet with our crafty and talented customers."
Ask me about sewing and needlework.
Hello I’m Steph! I specialise in baking, dressmaking and sewing. I’m also a creative workshop tutor, sell at craft fairs...
"Hello I’m Steph! I specialise in baking, dressmaking and sewing. I’m also a creative workshop tutor, sell at craft fairs and recently started a craft blog.
I’m from Plymouth, Devon where I still live and it’s also where I studied Photography at University. I use my photography skills to this day but my real passion has always been crafting.
I’ve been crafting since I was tiny and love everything from baking, cross stitch, quilting, papercraft, decorations, homecraft and much more!
After graduating I started working for Hobbycraft back in 2013. Shortly after I found a love for sewing and have never looked back. I went on to complete a dressmaking course and have been teaching people to sew for 5 years.
I love to teach and spread my crafting passion. There is nothing better than seeing people light up when they realise what they can make, and being inspired to learn and create more. And that is why I am honoured and excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan. The crafting community is amazing to be a part of."
Ask me about printmaking, textiles, and sewing.
Hello! I’m Bethany Salt, a Printed Textile Designer from Chesterfield and creator of accessories brand Salteria...
"Hello! I’m Bethany Salt, a Printed Textile Designer from Chesterfield and creator of accessories brand Salteria.
I create colourful, abstract paintings inspired by the incredible natural world, botanicals and sea life using gouache, acrylics and marker pens to make detailed, busy artworks that have an imaginative edge. My work is then digitally printed onto fabric and I work in my studio to turn them into bold textile accessories such as makeup bags, clutch bags and glasses cases.
I also enjoy creating embellished beadwork pieces when I’m not painting or sat at my sewing machine!
I am excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan as it is a great opportunity to be part of a community of other creatives all trying to grow their craft specialisms. It’s also a great chance to push my brand forward and show a wider audience what I do through craft workshops and social media."
Ask me about art.
Hi, I’m Paige from Hobbycraft Rushden Lakes! I specialise in oil painting and pastel portraits and have been a commission...
"Hi, I’m Paige from Hobbycraft Rushden Lakes! I specialise in oil painting and pastel portraits and have been a commission artist for 8 years. My day to day life involves copious amounts of tea and working in my studio that overlooks the countryside getting plenty of inspiration.
As a Hobbycraft Artisan, I can’t wait to share everything I’ve learnt and create some art together!"
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