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 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 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, illustration and upcycling.
"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 I 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Ask me about mixed media, floristry and papercraft.
"Hi, I’m Caroline 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."
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."
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 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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