Clare Blackmore-Davies - Miss Maker
With nearly 40 years of sewing experience, Clare has a City & Guilds certificate in pattern cutting passed with distinction and has studied Swim Wear and Lingerie construction at UAL. She continues to develop her sewing and tailoring skills and enjoys turning her hand to all forms of sewing, design, construction and textile art. Constant learning through both official study and good old fashioned trial, error and practice, means we can offer a great range of classes for all ages and abilities.
Having set up Miss Maker in 2011, Clare designs and delivers a range of courses covering all aspects of machine and hand sewing, pattern cutting and textile art.
Elaine has a City & Guilds certificate in Upholstery and has been delivering upholstery classes through various providers since 2018. She has a keen interest in textiles and sewing and has in the past worked with Heathcote and Ivory producing samples for their trade customers.
A longstanding part of the Miss Maker team Elaine heads up our upholstery workshop provision as well as delivering daytime, evening and weekend sewing courses.
Charlotte Havard - Wishanger Bespoke Lingerie
Charlotte is the custom bra maker behind Wishanger Bespoke. Already a keen sewist Charlotte developed a love of lingerie making after a chance conversation with a friend who couldn't find anything to meet her needs. Never one to refuse a challenge Charlotte set about learning, drafting and sewing until a solution (and an addiction) was found.
Charlotte's client base, in addition to those looking for something pretty or unique, includes brides, teens, and clients with fitting issues or post surgical requirements.
In 2022 Charlotte exhibited as a guest artist to the International Bra Sewing Bee Convention and was a category winner in sustainability. Charlotte remains passionate about sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge in making well fitting, comfortable, beautiful lingerie.
Ellen Hopkin - Ellen Hopkin Creates
Ellen is a fabric and mixed media artist working in Hampshire. She uses fabric, ink, watercolours, yarn and free motion embroidery (drawing with thread) to create unique, bright and whimsical pieces displayed in embroidery hoops, hanging decorations and frames. Much of her work is commission based. She joins us to share her skills in mixed media artworks and crochet.
Lucy Dorothy Nichols
As a paper and textile artist, Lucy is based locally in Hampshire and exhibits across the UK. Often using reclaimed papers and recycling fabrics,
Lucy enjoys creating two and three dimensional pieces, which are delicate, thoughtful and humorous in style.
Her work incorporates various techniques including paper cutting, folding and freehand machine embroidery.