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. Siân
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
visiting us especially from Japan to teach two 2019 Great
Masako Saito has been beading since 1992. She fell deeply in
love with beads at a bead shop in London in 1994. She has
been a professional bead jewellery artist since 1996 and
exhibits at major department stores throughout Japan.
Masako teaches in Japan and the USA and has taught in
England at The Great British Bead Show 2013 and Stitch &
Craft in 2015. Masako is known for her beautiful lifelike 3D
floral designs, roses and cherry blossom in particular. She
is the author of two books titled ‘Beadwork Collection’.
Masako’s English is excellent and she provides everything
needed for her classes including exquisitely produced kits
with very detailed instructions.
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.
Helen is a
Certified Artclay and PMC instructor and has taught in the
US and UK. She founded the PMC Studio and developed the
highly regarded PMC Certification Programme, which is
supported by The Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, the
manufacturers of PMC.
Over the years Helen has been the editor of Fine Silver
magazine, author of the book Stylish Metal Clay and created
numerous online and TV tutorials. Helen currently guest
presents regular shows on the Jewellery Box Show on Hochanda
Helen is currently a member (board) of The British
Hallmarking Council, the central government body responsible
for the provision of hallmarking and has recently become a
Freeman of The Goldsmiths' Company for her services to
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.