About Us and Tutors
Below you can find information about all of our wonderful tutors
including links to their own websites so you can view even more images
of their stunning works.
Jane was taught to make lace by her mother, Pat Read, a
lacemaker awarded the MBE for her services to lacemaking and
author of three books on Milanese lace, which include Jane’s
designs and lace. Both her grandmothers were lacemakers too!
Great Escapes was thrilled to start Jane’s teaching career
on the ‘retirement’ of her mother back in 2013. Jane has won
many competitions for her designs and work, and contributed
patterns and designs to lace magazines over the years.
It goes without saying that Jane comes with an incredible
lace pedigree and a wealth of knowledge that she enjoys
sharing with her students. Jane has endless patience and the
work that her students produce is always inspirational.
always loved crafts of many kinds, especially those that are
three-dimensional such as origami and dressmaking. She has
been teaching beadwork
for more than five years and
regularly publishes in various beadwork magazines such as
Bead & Jewellery.
She is always experimenting with new bead shapes, and
looking for new designs, that are easy to make and use
accessible materials. Justine also has a special interest in
Justine is a relatively new teacher to Great Escapes but she
has been welcomed
by all and her beautifully produced, clear
and detailed instruction booklets are much appreciated.
Justine won the British Bead Awards non-jewellery category
in 2014 with her Mexican Miracle Box.
her working life apprenticed to an antique dealer whose
speciality was seventeenth century English embroidery. It
was under this lady’s expert tuition that she learned to
restore and care for these treasured textiles. Many years
later as a well-known embroidery designer, her inspiration
still comes from these more traditional designs.
Sue has authored several needlepoint books over the years
and now runs ‘Needleworks’ her own embroidery kit company.
Specialising in beautiful counted canvaswork, the designs
make up into the most exquisite needleworkers’ accessories.
Sue is regularly to be found on her stand at all the major
embroidery shows around the country.
Sue is a great tutor and her classes are always a lot of
fun with plenty of laughter as well as a lot of stitching. Great
Escapes is honoured to be the only residential weekend that
Sue teaches at.
Escapes is thrilled to welcome Siân in 2019. When Siân’s
obsession with teeny tiny glass beads began nearly 20 years
ago now, she never could have imagined where it would take
her; travelling, teaching workshops, writing for books and
magazines, meeting her beading idols and the biggest
surprise of all, in 2015 having her own book published.
loves the whimsical and the unusual and is inspired by
bright colours so it’s no surprise that her book, ‘Sian’s
Needle Cases’ contains a quirky and fun collection of
Great Escapes are delighted to have Lizzy back after the
birth of her son, Harrison. Lizzy has been stitching for
longer than she can remember, thanks in no small part to her
wonderful Granny who is sorely missed - she taught her to
knit when she was just three! The
moment her love of stitch began to form itself into a career
came at the Knitting & Stitching Show in 2004. Lizzy met the
very lovely Jenny Adin-Christie, and first came across the
Royal School of Needlework. Long story short, in 2006 she
enrolled as an Apprentice at the RSN, completely innocent of
the three years of hard graft to become a professional
embroiderer. In 2009 she was lucky enough to be one of the
last six graduates, finishing with a Distinction and very
is passionate about passing on her skills through teaching,
and preserving both skills and heirlooms for future
generations to enjoy.
Lizzy was commissioned to write the Royal
School of Needlework’s Essential
Stitch Guide: Whitework,
published in 2012. She has worked on embroidery designs
with the Royal Opera House and was privileged to be involved
in the creation of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown. Lizzy
has now written another book, this time her subject is
Goldwork. It is due for publication anytime soon!
specialises in the art of Flemish Lace and Danish Whitework,
teaching both traditional and more contemporary designs. She
has been teaching lacemaking and Danish Whitework for many
years and is an active member of several lace making groups
including the North Downs Lace Makers. Anna has been a very
popular Great Escapes tutor for many years now.
trained as a Fine Artist, a background that has been
invaluable to her work as a lacemaker and designer.
Having always had a fascination for textiles, in 1983 Sandi
started teaching herself lacemaking from books. A fortuitous
chance to attend a Honiton workshop by Patricia Read led to
many more years under Patricia Read’s wing, specialising in
Eventually, Sandi’s love of colour inspired her to draw all
the threads from her previous painting and textile
experiences together and develop her own colour
techniques, using coloured threads in a descriptive and
painterly way. All Sandi’s patterns are original creations.
from South Africa, Lorna has lived in the UK for more than
twenty years. Lorna has been teaching embroidery for Great
Escapes for many years and is a much loved member of the
team. Teaching and sharing her designs and embroidery
techniques is Lorna’s passion. Her teaching has taken her
all over the world including the USA, South Africa, Europe,
Russia and Ireland.
Lorna has a passion for flowers and gardens, and this shines
through in all of her work. She is currently working on her
first book ‘Embroidered Country Gardens’ to be published and
released by Search Press in the spring of 2019.
Julie Harris is a knitwear designer and botanical
artist, who has been knitting for over 50 years. Since
starting her business in 2012, she has published over 20
knit and crochet designs for shawls, garments and
accessories using traditional stitch patterns such as
Fair Isle, lace, cable and gansey stitches. These vary
in complexity from simple designs ideal for beginners,
to more complex patterns in fine yarns.
Julie is also an indie dyer, and to
complement her designs she produces hand-painted yarns
and threads in luxurious natural fibres under the brand
name Watercolours & Lace. These are available online
and at events around the UK, in an ever-changing palette
of over 400 colourways inspired by flowers and the
landscape surrounding her home in the Norfolk
Delighted to have Chloe back teaching after the birth of her
daughter, Rose. As an experienced jewellery designer and
teacher, Chloe was previously Editor of popular publication Bead
& Jewellery magazine and online TV channel Bead.TV. She
is a Starman Trendsetter Alumni and regularly contributes to
bead and craft magazines.
In 2018 Chloe won first place in
the Professional category of the Stitchncraft Beads
challenge. She has had her work exhibited in various
galleries and exhibitions including Winchester Discover
Centre, the Willis Museum, The Spring and Ashcroft Arts
Centre. Chloe has been teaching beading and jewellery making
techniques for more than 10 years and enjoys sharing her
passion for beads with others. Her teaching has taken her
all around the UK as well as further afield to Sweden.
love of lace was born in 1994 at an Adult Education class
and by 2002 she was specialising in Rosaline Perlé. She has
since self published two books on Rosaline. Judith has a
passion for taking traditional lacemaking skills forward and
has spent time studying antique pieces of Rosaline searching
for fillings and techniques, which are teased out and worked
into modern pieces.
Judith started her teaching career on a Great Escapes
weekend way back in 2003 and she takes inspiration from the
many country houses she has taught in across the country.
She has also taught in Europe and the USA and runs her own
local lace classes near to her home in Southampton,
She is a dedicated and competent teacher, and Judith
prepares her workshops thoroughly, and has endless patience
and kindness. Judith is a delight to spend the weekend with
and is a popular and much loved member of the team.
Judith and Great Escapes are rightly proud of keeping one of
the little known Belgian laces in the limelight. You’d
be amazed how many people ask if Rosaline is a new lace.
Bethany has stitched, drawn and made ‘things’
since she was a very small child. In fact according to
family folklore, you could always find Bethany by following
the trail of string about the house - and nothing's changed.
After five years at Edinburgh College of Art studying
landscape architecture, Bethany turned her attention to
three-dimensional design on a rather smaller scale and is
now making her counted cross-stitch and embroidery designs
available to all.
Bethany's quirky, whimsical creations are set
in Honeyapple Meadow - a magical country estate inspired by
the beautiful English countryside, stately homes, historic
textiles, and a lifetime spent in art galleries and museums.
Whether you are beginning your stitching journey or are many
miles down the road, there's always something new to
Creating art and beading began for Laura when she was a
child. Her mother, a very talented artist, taught her
beading, sharing the importance of creativity and
Training in art, colour, theatrical
costuming, glass lampworking, metalwork, wirework, beading
and communication have led Laura to teaching the art of
beadwork. Her extensive background in theatrical costume
design has provided a great deal of related experience,
especially in the area of colour selection and tonal
relationships. Favorite past productions include Costume
Designer for "Cats" and Jewelry Designer for "Evita". She
has been taking classes and now teaching at the Bead and
Button Show for many years.
Laura has taught throughout the US and
Europe, including teaching for Swarovski and Toho Beads. The
German bead magazine, Perlen Poesie, featured Laura in their
4th issue. In 2014 Laura was a designer of the year for
Beadwork magazine. Her work has been featured in many
publications and used to advertise Bead & Button Show,
Beadfest and Beaders Best Bead Fair.
As a recognized international designer and
instructor, Laura is eager to share her love of colour,
design and bead artistry.