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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 Read

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.

Justine Gage

Justine has 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 beaded beads.
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.

Sue Hawkins

Sue began 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.


Siân Nolan

Great 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 playful cases.


Masako Saito

Masako is visiting us especially from Japan to teach two 2019 Great Escapes.
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.


Anna Winter

Anna Winter 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.


Sandi Woods

Sandi Woods 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 Milanese lace.
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.


Lorna Bateman

Originally 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 Forder

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 TV.
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 industry.


Judith Cordell

Judith’s 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, Hampshire.
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.