Meet our Workshop Tutors

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Alysn has been described as an inspirer, facilitator and energiser.

She is an experienced freelance artist in fine art textiles, an author of several books and numerous articles, a tutor and a gallery director and relocated from the UK to New Zealand in 2012. She returns to the UK annually for events, exhibitions and workshops.
Her work includes materials such as copper, stainless steel and other metals and woven metal fabrics, wires, papers, fabrics, threads, paints, threads and natural objects.

Alysn says “I have an experimental and curious nature leading to continuously evolving and changing works and media, investigating new dimensions as they develop. It is a pleasure to adapt my ideas into formats which can be used by other fibre artists, and embroiderers for their own practice”.

Recent awards for selected exhibitions include: Mandurah Wearable Art (Australia) for ‘What Lies Beneath’; ‘Wall Brooches II’, (Australia) for ‘Taniwha’; ‘Changing Threads’ Nelson Arts ‘Bernina Award’ for ‘The Space Between VII’. (NZ)

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Caroline Colam

Caroline is an experienced tutor who has been teaching punch needle for several years. She creates a wide range of fabulously bright and colourful punch needle creations and is as passionate about the therapeutic process as the finished result. Caroline is also a freelance punch needle designer/maker for Hobbycraft, writing tutorials for the Ideas Hub on their website.

Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith is a felt artist working from her home studio in Lincolnshire, using both wet felting and needle felting techniques she makes felted pictures, felt wearables, vessels and woolly animal and toadstool sculptures and also runs workshops in both felting techniques.


Gill Greany

I have taught textiles in schools for many years and now run workshops in a yurt in my garden covering a range of embroidery techniques as well as tapestry weaving and free warp textile sculpture.


Liz Taylor

Liz has gained many years experience running her own textiles business and through teaching Art, Design, Textiles and Fashion to students of all ages and abilities, including those with learning disabilities and dementia.

Liz is also exhibiting at the Big Textile Show as a designer maker.

She is currently teaching at a local sixth form college, creating and selling her own textiles online and running textiles workshops from home near Melton Mowbray.


Sally Hutson

Textile Artist Sally Hutson is an experienced and qualified Art & Design Lecturer specialising in Applied Textiles and the History of Textiles. She has spent 20 years lecturing full time in College and University, encouraging and teaching students the value of playing with textiles and studying antique and ethnic textiles to inform their own work. Sally has an MA in Textiles & Anthropology and has exhibited internationally. Sally recently won 2nd place in Quilt Creations at Festival of Quilts 2022, and had a “Judges Choice” award at Quilts UK in May this year for a Boro Jacket hanging.


Kim Gilbert

I am Kim from Hark Crafts, I run workshops, teaching a range of textile based crafts. I have a degree in Textile Design specialising in Weaving, but I also sew, embroider and crochet.


Ruth McCluskey

Hi, my name is Ruth and I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember. Seven years ago I was lucky enough to take what had been a passion and turn it into a business, launching Beltane Gifts. Since then I’ve taken up needle felting, it’s a versatile and therapeutic craft that I love and knew I had to help share. My current focus is on teaching others to felt with my own range of felting kits and YouTube videos.


Cag Tyndall

I am an enthusiastic amateur stitcher and dyer. I spend many happy hours turning white cloth into beautiful hand dyed fabric. I love to share my enthusiasm for dyeing cloth.


Trease Lane

My name is Trease Lane and I am a passionate quilter and textile artist.

I teach City & Guilds creative textiles. I also design and create my own patterns which I then teach all over the country as well as from my home studio in South Wales.


Sally Vincent

Following through my love of gardening and a creative nature, I have in the past completed a City in Guilds Creative Design and Flower Arranging course together with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration but latterly I have become intrigued with the process of wet and needle felting which I was introduced to more recently. I am still very involved with the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators so I now share my time working with both medias.


Mary Harlow

Mary Harlow and Fran Reilly have been working together practising shibori indigo dyeing and natural dyeing for several years. They have also run successful workshops on both in Leicestershire and the Cotswolds. Mary comes from a textile history background with an interest in dyeing that started with experimental archaeology while Fran in an established textile artist who has exhibited extensively in the south-west, where she is based. Fran’s art used recycled textiles, many of which come from our extensive samples of natural dyes. Our dye plants mostly come from Mary’s allotment. You can see examples of Fran’s work and our workshops at

Chris Yates

I am a textile artist, embroiderer and lover of all things stitch related. I have spent many years honing my skills and love to share my experiments with my students. I teach regular classes across Northamptonshire including textile techniques, embroidery, eco printing and a variety of mixed media experiments (including how to use teabags in your artwork) and am a regular contributor to Stitch magazine. I am a firm believer in using what you have and encouraging even the most timid of students to stretch their wings and learn to fly – we all deserve to have a passion in life and finding your creativity can open up a whole new world.