Introducing Hobbycraft Artisans, our in-store expert crafting colleagues who embody our love of craft.
Hobbycraft Artisans are here to help you refine your current projects or to master a completely new craft.
Visit your local Artisan in store or follow them on social media to see their fantastic work and for updates on their upcoming workshops.
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 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 cake decorating, sewing, fabric crafts and quilting.
"Hi, my name is Kerry Bainborrow and I work at Hobbycraft Lincoln. I am a professional cake decorator of over 20 years, triple gold medallist at Cake International, Sugar Craft tutor and former Judge for the British Sugar Craft Guild.
My interest in cake decorating started when I was in my 20s, which was 30 years ago! I made a 30th wedding anniversary cake for my in-laws under the watchful eye of my aunt Betty, who herself was a professional in royal icing. I was so amazed by what I produced that I decided to expand my knowledge in this area by taking classes and eventually doing my diploma in cake decorating. After a few years of doing cakes as a hobby, I then decided to set up my own business called Kerricraft Cakes.
My inspiration is often taken from many years of experience at major cake shows up and down the country, as well as seeing ideas all around me in my everyday life. It gets me thinking how I can use techniques and products to create my next project – whether it’s models, flowers, cake covering designs or other sugarcraft related items.
My other passions are sewing, quilting and fabric crafts, which I have been enjoying since I was a child. Many a time I watched my mum make something out of an old shirt or dress or take down a knitted jumper and then re-knit a poncho, baby clothes or cuddly toys.
I will be happy to answer any questions you have or give advice on cake decorating and sewing-related queries."
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 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 ifit’s something small."
Ask me about cross stitch, embroidery and Cricut.
"Hi, I’m Sharon from Hobbycraft Crewe. I enjoy a variety of crafts, but my main passions are Cricut, sewing, knitting and machine embroidery. I also enjoy dabbling with quilting, cross stitch and papercraft.
I often enjoy combining some of these crafting passions together for finished projects that I sell at artisan markets and online. In my spare time, I enjoy photography and photograph a variety of different subjects including portraits and landscapes. I am even treasurer and vice chairman of my local camera club.
Being a Hobbycraft Artisan is a real privilege and I’m looking forward to sharing my crafting passion with others and having the opportunity to help them on their crafting journey."
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 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 thanksto 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 sculpting and resin.
"Hi, I'm Amy from Hobbycraft Altrincham. I am a self-taught sculptor currently based in Cheshire but originally from Yorkshire. My main subject is fantasy/abstract animal art, and I also make costume masks.
I sculpt in many different mediums: wax, oil clay, polymer clay and air dry clay, and I’m experienced in mould making, resin casting, airbrushing and painting with acrylics. I have dabbled in many other crafts over the years, which has helped me develop a large range of skills.
As a Hobbycraft Artisan, I really look forward to sharing my knowledge and helping others with their craft projects."
Ask me about illustration.
"Hi, my name is Katie and I’m from the Hobbycraft Altrincham store. I’m an artist, illustrator and all-round creative being! I recently completed a BA Hons in illustration, but I love getting stuck into any kind of creative project and am always willing to try new crafts. As well as art and mixed media, I enjoy sewing, papercraft, journaling and using my Cricut machine for a variety of crafts.
I would say my style is very cutesy and illustrative. I am heavily inspired by animals and nature, as well as other cultures – particularly Japanese and Scandinavian styles.
I am really excited to be an Artisan for Hobbycraft and would really like to share my creativity and love of art. I am passionate about showing others that art does not need to be intimidating and that anyone can create art. I would love to inspire more crafters to give art a go and unleash their creativity!"
Ask me about sewing and Cricut
"Hi, I’m Joey from Hobbycraft Havant! I specialise in papercraft and hand sewing.
I've been with Hobbycraft since 2009 and, as you can imagine, I have picked up a fair few skills and a tonne of crafty knowledge along the way! You can usually find me in the papercraft department, helping customers with our wonderful Cricut machines and array of vinyl materials. I've run workshops and demos for years now and love teaching and inspiring customers to be the crafters they want to be!
I'm so excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan and can't wait to get crafty with you all!"
Ask me about Cricut.
"Hi, I’m Irene from Hobbycraft Newtownabbey in Belfast. I specialise in Cricut and sewing, having been sewing for 10 years now. I studied art and design, where I explored different crafts and techniques that I still use to this day. I’m at my happiest when I’m being creative and when the sun is shining!
I have my Cricut Maker which is always regularly used in my home to make all sorts of things: labels, cake toppers, bunting, 3D projects and much more. I’m very passionate about designing on Design Space and have hosted many one-to-one Cricut workshops, which I enjoy very much. I love teaching customers tips and tricks to make crafting easier and accessible to everyone!
As well as sewing and using my Cricut machine, you can find me trying new things, such as resin jewellery making, hand embroidery, painting or trying to remember where I’ve left my scissors again!
I’m very excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan, so not only can you learn from me, but I can learn from you too. Let’s get crafty!"
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 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 art and kids' craft.
"Hi, I’m Rugile from Hobbycraft Lincoln! I specialise in acrylic painting, oil painting and kids’ crafts.
I have been a freelance artist and teacher for four years. I like painting landscapes, still objects and abstract pieces. I also love trying new things and enjoy learning new arts and crafts techniques. I am very passionate about reaching youth and providing them with an opportunity to get to know art and different crafts.
As a Hobbycraft Artisan, I can’t wait to share my knowledge and passion for arts and crafts with you. I hope to inspire people to be brave and try new things whether it would be drawing, painting or any other crafts. With a little bit of practice, I believe that everyone can be an artist! "
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 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 crochet and amigurumi
"Hi, I’m Allix from Hobbycraft Havant. I started crocheting when pregnant with my first child and, eight years, another child and thousands of metres of yarn later, I am officially a crochet addict!
I find crochet a calming and therapeutic hobby – a great way to de-stress in the middle of a hectic life. When I am not making gifts for friends and family or tackling challenging commissions, I’m experimenting with different fibres and techniques to find the ones I love. There is always something on my hook – amigurumi, blankets, clothing, home décor and more!
I’m overjoyed to be a Hobbycraft Artisan because I hope it will enable me to share my love for all things crochet and inspire others to try out the craft. There are so many modern ideas out there that I cannot wait to showcase and share with you all."
Ask me about mixed media.
"Hello! I’m Suzanne from Hobbycraft High Wycombe. I’ve been a lover of all things arts and crafts for as long as I can remember.
My main passion is sculpture, I enjoy creating works inspired by animals, nature and fantasy. Aside from sculpting, I have dabbled in many different mediums including painting, sketching, needle felting and pyrography. I’m always interested in trying a new craft to add to my experience.
I believe that anyone can be an artist – it just doesn’t come naturally to everyone! As a Hobbycraft Artisan, I’m looking forward to helping people explore their potential and instilling confidence in their abilities!"
Ask me about knitting, crochet, and sewing.
"Hi, I’m Kathryn from the Hobbycraft Reading. I love crafting, cats and fantasy! I started working for Hobbycraft in 2016 and have been able to try out many crafts over the years – from needle felting to embroidery. I specialise in knitting, sewing and amigurumi.
I’ve loved crafting ever since I first picked up knitting at seven years old and have developed a real knack for it. I love working with yarn so much, you can now find me hand-dyeing my own yarn to make socks or knitting up my own jumpers. I only picked up sewing and amigurumi in 2016 but have already tried making a range of items, from sewing my own costumes and plush toys to making crochet toy patterns.
I’m thrilled to become a Hobbycraft Artisan as I’m eager to share my crafting knowledge with everyone and help people find joy within their crafting projects. Helping others and watching their passion for craft grow is amazing, so I’m super excited to be a part of this experience.
Ask me about needle felting.
"Hi, I'm Sarah, I work at Hobbycraft Sheffield. I’ve always had a love for anything arts and crafts and I completed my GNVQ in Art and Design. I then went on to qualify in floristry and opened my own business as a qualified florist.
I love to make custom needlefelt pets and wildlife and enjoy upcycling everyday items into something amazing that can be reused and enjoyed.
I’m looking forward to being a Hobbycraft Artisan and helping others find inspiration and discover new crafts. I want to help other people discover their inner artist! I’m happy to help with any floristry, needle felting and model making advice."
Ask me about Cricut and face painting.
"Hi, I'm Cat from the Hobbycraft Bath store! I've always loved crafting and run an arty business alongside my science education career.
I became a full-time artist, mainly as a face and body painter, over 15 years ago. I was overjoyed to win titles like UK Professional Painter of the Year, 5th in the World Face Awards, and others in Cosmetic Glitter and Bodypainting. I have loved creating on people from Hong Kong to Holland, as well as teaching body art in college or judging national competitions.
I got my first Cricut four years ago and haven't let go of it since. Cricut changed the way I face paint, accessorise my models and decorate just about everything at home. I've got two boys who share my love of wildlife and fossils, so my makes often involve them too.
I'm really excited to introduce you to tips and tricks in face painting, and the amazing world of Cricut. Do get in touch!"
Ask me about papercraft and Cricut
"Hi, I’m Gill from Hobbycraft Livingston.
I grew up sewing, knitting and baking with my mum and gran, but have since branched out to scrapbooking, card making, making party decorations and more! Getting a Cricut Maker has also opened up so many new craft avenues, one of which is mixed media plaques. I enjoy mixing Cricut-cut phrases with papers, paints/inks, flowers, buttons and other embellishments.
Over the years, I have taught classes in a number of different venues, including weekly classes for a nationwide papercraft shop and a council-run night school class in scrapbooking. In 2016, I was awarded runner up in a national magazine’s Papercrafter of the Year competition.
I’m really excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan because I enjoy sharing my crafting enthusiasm and knowledge with others. I’m also looking forward to learning about other crafts from my fellow Artisans."
Ask me about art
"Hi, I'm Aimee from Hobbycraft Croydon! I have been crafting for as long as I can remember and have picked up a broad range of skills during that time. I specialise in acrylic painting and I’ve been selling my art for over a year now.
I like to create challenges for myself – whether it be experimenting with new mediums and new topics, or just truly pushing the limits of what I can do. There is a challenge to be found in everything and I will be there to find it!
I am so excited to create with you!"
Ask me about crochet.
"Hi, I’m Hayley from Hobbycraft Lincoln. I’m a crochet designer and crafty mum of two.
I started to learn how to crochet shortly after my daughter was born in 2016 as I wanted to be able make her some cute baby hats and blankets. I soon started designing my own crochet patterns and progressed onto knitting and macrame. I love challenging myself and finding new ways to be creative.
When I’m not crafting, I like to spend time in my garden and allotment. Nature is a great source of inspiration for me. I love playing with fun colour combinations and different textures. I like to try and put a modern spin on classic styles and techniques.
Ask me about art and 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. 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 boundariesand 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 typography, illustration & fabric painting.
"Hi, I’m Sarah Irwin from Hobbycraft Hull. I’m an illustration graduate, born and raised in Hull. I've dabbled in many crafts, but my favourites are definitely typography, illustration and fabric painting.
In March 2020, I challenged myself in launching my own small business. This led to me setting up an Etsy store to sell my funky art prints, quirky gifts and hand painted tote bags.
Through my journey with trial and error, I have turned many weaknesses into strengths. Hopefully, I can assist others on their craft journey with my knowledge as a Hobbycraft Artisan!"
Ask me about jewellery making and Cricut.
"Hi, I'm Vanessa from Hobbycraft Bristol Cribbs. I’m a huge craft addict and my craft specialty is jewellery-making!
I’ve been making jewellery from a very young age and, in 2017, started selling my creations through my jewellery business: Purple Ness Creations.
I enjoy making pieces with hammered textures and metal stamped designs. I also work with different gemstones and enjoy using my Cricut maker to create a variety of faux leather earrings. I’ve recently started working with resin and have worked with polymer clay in the past too!
I'm delighted to join the Hobbycraft Artisan team and can't wait to share my passion for crafting and help you on your own crafting journey."
Ask me about crochet and cross stitch.
"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 home decor.
"Hi, I’m Kristel from Hobbycraft Crawley. I specialise in upcycling, making home décor items and kids’ crafts!
I’m a mum of four children between 11 and 23 years old, so with many years of children’s homework and school holidays under my belt, keeping the kids busy with craft is one of my fortes. I’ve always loved craft. In fact, I’d describe myself as a bit of a craft magpie as I like to try as many new things as I can and I have an extensive craft collection. (My children would say I’m a hoarder – I would definitely call myself a collector!)
I’m looking forward to sharing my crafting experience with everyone now that I’m an Artisan, hopefully inspiring someone new to try things they’ve never tried before!"
Ask me about model making and painting.
"Hi, I'm Dani from Hobbycraft Bedford. I have a degree in Set Design and I specialise in 3D arts and crafts.
I make miniature scale models from wire, foamboard and mountboard such as a skeleton carousel with an origami head, and a shop for bees that sells tiny umbrellas. I love finding the right materials to make a model look realistic, for example I once made a film director’s chair out of lolly sticks and old paintbrushes.
As well as working in miniature, I have experience creating large scale festival scenery for outdoor screenings of the 2019 World Cup.
My favourite part of being an Artisan is getting to help people with their creative projects – big and small, and making exciting crafts in our workshops!"
Ask me about art and Cricut.
"Hi, I'm Millie from the Hobbycraft Epping store.
I specialise in painting, drawing, and I also know a few things about Cricut. I primarily work on commissioned portraits and pet portraits in pencil and acrylic. I also run a number of the store workshops.
I have taken part in multiple exhibitions where I exhibit my paintings, as well as having taken part in the Waltham Forest Art Road show in 2018, where I won 1st place in the Under 25s category.
I've always painted and drawn since a young age, and I was lucky enough to have my mum and a number of teachers throughout my school years provide constant support and encouragement to help me continue creating and get where I am today.
As a Hobbycraft Artisan, I'm excited to pass on my tips and help inspire you to create!"
Ask me about sewing and crochet.
"Hi, my name is Jacqueline and I’m from Hobbycraft Norwich. I've been working for Hobbycraft since 2012, so I’ve had lots of experience over the years running workshops for adults and children, hosting craft groups and sharing my love of crafting. I am a crochet blogger, sewing enthusiast and Cricut crafter.
A few years ago, I started my crochet journey and, in 2019, I completed a 365-day granny square challenge. My designs have been featured on the Hobbycraft blog, including my daisy granny square design which was a square in the 2020 CAL.
I am very excited to be part of the Hobbycraft Artisan team. I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for sewing and knit crafts, through in store and online workshops and social media channels."
Ask me about papercraft and Cricut.
"Hi, I’m Penny from the Orpington Store. I’m a self-taught crafter and have been crafting since I was a child. I’m predominantly a papercrafter but I also love using my Cricut machine. I inherited the love of all things craft from my mother who was always making something.
I am very passionate about many crafts including crochet, floristry and decorating my happy planner. I am always looking for inspiration be that on a country walk or through social media. My favourite things to make at the moment are stickers for my planner and anything home décor, all being made with my Cricut. For seven years, I have also run a very successful card making club within the Orpington store which catered to papercrafters of varying abilities, from beginner to intermediate.
I am really looking forward to being a Hobbycraft Artisan and sharing my love and knowledge of crafts."
Ask me about knitting, crochet and macrame.
"Hello, I'm Magdalena and I’m from Hobbycraft Coventry. I specialise in knitting. I love to experiment with various techniques and constructions. Sometimes I also like to play with crochet and macrame.
I’m working on developing my unique style and Hobbycraft is the best place to do so, allowing me to work from patterns but also to design my own garments, accessories and decorations. You can find my pieces regularly in store for inspiration. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet you in person, have a chat and help with all your queries, from yarn choice to understanding patterns and special techniques. My goal is to introduce knitting as an easy, pleasant, relaxing hobby that’s suitable for everybody.
I am also working towards building a live knitting enthusiasts’ community in the Coventry area. My workshops will help you to develop the confidence to finish any project. In other words, I'll help you to quit quitting your knitting!"
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 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 art, print making and Cricut.
"Hi, I’m Holly from the Hobbycraft Basingstoke store! I’m a surface pattern designer and illustrator. I create colourful illustrations using different mediums including gouache, marker pens and lino printing. As well as working with traditional art mediums, I also work digitally and like to combine the two together.
I have an online shop that sells a range of paper products, such as personalised art prints and cards. I also use my Cricut Maker to turn my illustrations into stickers and transfer my designs onto fabrics for textile accessories like makeup bags and pencil cases.
I'm so excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan. I can't wait to make some more exciting things and create with you all!"
Ask me about painting, drawing and illustration
"Hi, I’m Bryony from Hobbycraft Worcester. My background is in surface pattern design, and I'm passionate about drawing, painting and illustration.
Bringing together my creative passions, I love to paint watercolour pet, home and people portraits, as well as create artworks inspired by my love for nature and wildlife!
I'm super excited to be a Hobbycraft Artisan and can't wait to make some more exciting things with you all!"
Ask me about cross stitch and embroidery.
"Hey, I'm Koby from Hobbycraft Bedford. I'm a textile enthusiast, toy maker and illustrator!
I've been drawing and creating for as long as I remember, going from an art GCSE at school all the way to studying a MA in illustration at Portsmouth university. I live to make things from the imagination come to life and I'm hugely inspired by worldwide street fashion, video games and cartoons. I've recently stepped into making postcard prints of some of my illustrations and wish to make more seasonal prints in the future.
"Hi, my name is Cassandra. I have been with Hobbycraft since 2017 and work at the Hobbycraft Aylesbury store. I enjoy photography and am a crafting addict. I’m a single parent to a 20-something old son who is forever telling me off for adding to my craft stash!
My speciality is Cricut and I’m lucky enough to be a Cricut Ambassador. I love the fact that one day I can personalise something with vinyl for a friend, then the next day be making a 3D card project for work. There is so much more you can do, too: etching, Infusible Inks – the list is endless.
Along with Cricut, I can decoupage, bake and hot foil with ease. Most recently, I’ve learned to machine sew and use epoxy resin. From an early age I have always been creative, so I will try my hand at most crafts – although I can’t seem to master crochet.
I’m a firm believer that crafting can help with mental health issues, as it has helped me. It’s wonderful to become a Hobbycraft Artisan and be able to share my love, knowledge and ideas with others, and to possibly help make a difference in someone’s life."
Ask me about mixed media, floristry and papercraft.
"Hi, I’mCaroline from Hobbycraft Solihull and I specialise in mixed media, papercraft and floristry.
My quirky imagination was sparked at a young age when my mum would tell stories of fairies, magic and fantasy. Even now, I can’t resist a peek into a foxglove flower, just in case...
I am passionate about the benefits of crafting and absolutely love teaching people how to create. Seeing the most inexperienced or expert crafter bring their imagination to life is really rewarding and exciting!
Being a Hobbycraft Artisan, I look forward to sharing my journey with you as we learn together."
Ask me about printmaking, textiles, and sewing.
"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."
"Hi, I'm Gisela Sepulveda from Hobbycraft Crawley. My background is in photography and filming, having studied at the National Film and Television School. I create wildlife documentaries in my spare time, so my art is very much inspired by nature.
I love a variety of crafts as growing up we had a dedicated arts room in the house, but I specialise in needle felting and photography. Other crafts I dabble in include quilling, scrapbooking and candle making. I find crafting is also a great form of therapy and relaxation, perfect for some escapism.
I'm thrilled to be an Artisan and I'm looking forward to inspiring others, learning new crafts and spending more time doing the art I love."
"Hello, I’m Annabelle, or Annie for short. I’m from the Hobbycraft Inverness store, and I specialise in crochet! I love the versatility and endless possibilities of crochet, and to share this enthusiasm with others. I’ve hosted workshops, classes and crochet clubs for grownups and kids alike – I love to teach people to crochet and get them hooked on this fantastic craft!
I also enjoy other textile-based crafts such as sewing and knitting. I love a good upcycling project and a bit of experimental printmaking. I am a mother to two boys, and we do a lot of crafting at home together; creativity is encouraged, and we love to make a big mess!
I am incredibly excited to join the team as an Artisan at Hobbycraft – I can’t wait to share the wonderful world of crochet with our crafty customers!"
"Hi there, I'm Jamie and I’m from Hobbycraft Swindon. I’m a creative content designer and a graduate of illustration at Norwich University of the Arts. My primary creative skillset is in printmaking, sign making and content media; however, I'm one of those skill in all, master of none artists, so you can practically ask me anything!
I'm really big on experimenting with different tools and finding 'out of the box' ways to get the most out of them. I also have an obsession with hoarding the latest art pens!
Currently, I am an emerging artist that has now been dubbed as 'Pub Ross' for the Drink and Draw workshops that I host at bars and cafes around the country. I've always been inspired by people’s curiosity with art and making, which drove me to create CuteShiba.com not only to share work in galleries but to help build confidence in creators develop their practice.
Being an Artisan for Hobbycraft has put me in the front seat to help you get the most out of your tools and projects. Whether it's using the right glue for your photo album or what Cricut is best for your projects, I'll be excited to help!"
Ask me about papercraft, Cricut and mixed media
"Hi, I’m Alice from Hobbycraft Newport and I specialise in papercraft, Cricut and mixed media.
I've been crafting since I was three years old. I used to sit next to my nan and sew buttons onto a piece of scrap fabric and it all evolved from there. I love trying new products and techniques, as well as passing my hints and tips to others. My friends call me a jack of all crafts and I’m yet to find anything I can't make!
I'm looking forward to becoming a Hobbycraft Artisan and advancing my craft knowledge. I'm excited to learn new skills and discover new ideas, so I look forward to crafting with you all soon."
Ask me about art and jewellery design
"Hi, I’m Anna from Hobbycraft Gateshead. My favourite crafts are art and jewellery making, though I will have a go at most things.
For my art, I especially enjoy drawing, painting and brush lettering. I'm part of a community online who trade and collect small pieces of artwork known as Artist Trading Cards. The subject matter I choose is often plants, animals and mythical creatures. For my jewellery, I love making necklaces, bracelets and earrings in gold- and silver-plated designs, incorporating beads to make statement pieces. I've been making jewellery for seven years now, selling designs online for the past five years. I also sell through a local flower shop.
I'm excited to be an Artisan because I love learning and sharing my passion for craft with our customers and inspiring them to find something they enjoy. I want to explore my creativity alongside other creative minds."
"Hi, my name is Gav. I work in the Dundee store. I have a BA (Hons) degree in graphic design from Gray’s School of Art. As a child, I loved crafts of all kinds which is, for the most part, my gran’s influence.
Since graduating in design, I’ve come to love the process of creating any kind of art – from the initial concept to development and eventually the final product, across all mediums, physical and digital. Through experimenting with different crafts, I’ve gained extensive knowledge in all things Cricut, video-mapping, pyrography, stencil art, incorporating upcycling into craft and the occasional Bob Ross.
As an Artisan, I’m looking forward to expanding my skills and sharing my knowledge with others who enjoy any crafting process."
Ask me about print design.
"Hello, I’m Rachel from the Hobbycraft Falkirk store. I’m an independent print designer in central Scotland and I have a love for all things pink, patterned and printed.
I’m a recent textile design graduate from The Glasgow School of Art and at New Designers 2020. I won the Royal Doulton Tableware Award for contemporary printed plate designs. I like to take my experimental and abstract drawings and turn them into prints for interiors and lifestyle accessories, injecting happiness and colour into something tangible and useful every day.
When designing new prints, I love to spot bold colours and find inspiration from vibrant cities. This means I get to combine abstract art, sewing, printmaking, technology and craft into one exciting (and wonderfully messy!) process. Sustainability and contributing to a circular economy are important to my design ethos, too. I like to use natural materials and minimise any waste where possible.
As a Hobbycraft Artisan, I can’t wait to share and learn craft knowledge in a collaborative environment with talented artists and makers."
Ask me about floristry and wreath making.
"Hi, my name is Paula and I’m based in Hobbycraft Banbury. I have a L4 degree in floral design/floristry. I now focus my time on floral designs such as wreaths, events, weddings and sympathy creations. I like to create unique designs and to give the wow factor to any event, big or small.
I have competed in many competitions, such as Blenheim Palace Flower Show and BFA FleurEx, and also have a RHS silver medal for a team event at RHS Tatton Flower Show. I have a passion for sustainability within floristry, creating biodegradable Christmas wreaths. Where I can, I grow flowers to dry and use within my designs.
I have created flowers for high profile events including the Silverstone F1/Classic Races/MotoGP, British TV Awards and more. I also love cross stitch and art/pencil sketching.
As a Hobbycraft Artisan, I can’t wait to help, guide and teach you more about this industry, so ask away."
Ask me about cross stitch, crochet, model making and amigurumi
"Hi, I’m Jack from Hobbycraft Bristol Imperial. My craft is crochet and I’m entirely self-taught.
I first started crochet back in January 2018 with the Star Wars crochet set. Incorporating my interest in Star Wars with crochet really caught my attention on starting to crochet. Making little amigurumi toys was a brilliant way to create handmade figurines and gifts for friends and family for birthdays or Christmas.
As a new Hobbycraft Artisan, I’m looking forward to teaching beginners how to crochet."
"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!"
Ask me about textile design, machine knitting and drawing.
"Hello, my name is Aimée. I’m a textile designer from Hobbycraft Bath. My world is textile design!
At university, I studied BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors. In my second year of university, I specialised in knit – specifically machine knitting. I love the tactile nature of each sample and how I have the ability to create a fabric that didn’t exist before.
All of my work involves drawing. I’ve been drawing since I was able to pick up a pencil. Taking inspiration from anything and everything, I start my process with several drawings. I then extract and focus on parts of those drawings looking at texture, colour and pattern to create knitted and textile samples and/or designs.
As a Hobbycraft Artisan, I’m excited to share my knowledge and passion with others, which will enable me to learn so much more. I love learning new things and, if it involves creativity, even better!"
Ask me about Cricut and upcycling
"Hi I'm Kathryn from Hobbycraft Chesterfield. I love making all sorts of crafts, from cards to automatons, from fabric designs to upcycling stuff we normally throw away.
I am a single parent, a qualified primary teacher and a Cricut ambassador. I have been crafting ever since I can remember, from when I first learnt to hold a pencil and work a pair of scissors. I enjoy drawing, painting, sewing, embroidery, paper crafting, pyrography, glass painting, glass engraving, salt dough craft, cake decorating, jewellery making and Cricut! I have and will try my hand at most crafts. My friends and family are forever receiving handmade cards and gifts from me.
My inspiration comes from everywhere – from my parents’ ‘mend and make do’ philosophy to TV shows like Itsy and Bitsy or Blue Peter, books, magazines, Pinterest and my own curiosity about how things work.
I can't wait to pass on my love of crafting, skills and knowledge as we learn and craft together."
Ask me about painting, lino printing and mixed media
"Hi, I’m Rachel from Hobbycraft Norwich. I specialise in acrylics and mixed media, but I love trying new approaches and mixing things up a bit!
I spent five years studying at Norwich University of the Arts where I received a degree in Textiles. My artwork is inspired by nature, and I sell my pieces at craft markets and online. I paint mainly on canvas, but also work on ceramics, wood and textiles. My other passion is parties – designing and making for different celebrations!
I also spent many years working in dementia care, where I helped develop activities for residents to take part in. I feel strongly that art and crafts should be accessible to all regardless of age and ability.
I am excited to be joining the Hobbycraft Artisan team to learn from other creative people and to share my knowledge with others. I hope to inspire them to get out there and start their own creative journey."
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