Meet The Team!

Our aim is simple; to develop & deliver crafting courses of the highest quality! One of the absolute core values we have is to provide best-in-class Course Tutors - and we feel our current stable of hot crafting talent is second to none!

Whether Sewing & Quilting with brand headliners such as Karen Lewis, Sarah Payne, Jennie Rayment, Janet Clare, Sarah Ashford and Heather Jacks or Papercrafting with top names like Rosemary Merry, Scanning & Cutting with Gentleman Crafter John Bloodworth, refining your Photography skills with Jake Whiteley, working with Mixed Media with Lou Withers and Joanne Roe, splashing acrylic/oils on canvas with Artist Joe Lowe or getting creative with Lou Collins' Brush-Lettering, we're proud to count on the fabulous skills of these wonderful ladies & gentlemen as we strive to provide YOU with unique course content you'll treasure forever! Our list of Guest Tutors is set to expand in the coming months as we extend our range of craft courses and weekend retreats. No two events are alike and we already have a stream of valued crafters who've attended multiple events, sometimes with the same tutor, but never delivering a direct replication of what might have gone before. Here are the profiles for our current crop of wonderfully talented crafting/artistic specialists:-

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Rachel Pierman

 

FOUNDER

I’ve been surrounded by craft and the arts for as long as I can remember! My Dad was artistic and Mum was a machinist who always had a sewing machine on at home, she was always creating something (she was also a champion ballroom dancer, but that’s another story!) My husband is a photographer/designer, and now our daughter wants to be a set designer! Me? I’ve dabbled along the way, but right now I simply love Mixed Media. Craft & art always seemed to surround me, providing solace, fun, or a way of connecting, eventually providing me with a living when I presented it on television! In 2019, I found my purpose: I decided to build a wonderful, creative, inspiring, fun, friendly community where people can learn and follow their passions, but also make friends, laugh and enjoy great food at the same time. Craft is therapeutic, inspiring and joyous; who doesn’t want to be surrounded by that? For anyone who knows me, they know I can be a ‘cheeky monkey’: now I’m a CraftyMonkie too - come join the fun!...

Sarah Payne

 

QUILTER

A crafter since she was a tiny tot, Sarah gave up a career in IT in 2011 to pursue her crafting dreams. Since then, she has opened a popular UK-based fabric shop & training centre, become a regular contributor to all the major UK quilting magazines and brought out a successful range of fabrics. Sarah's new book 'Sarah Payne's Quilt School' came out in the summer of 2019. She has also found the time to become a regular quilting demonstrator on both the UK & US Create & Craft shopping channels as a quilting guru, and on stage at the NEC in Birmingham (UK) and last Autumn she embarked on a six-week tour of the States where she gave & attended a series of seminars on quilting. Sarah’s approach to quilting is fun, fun, FUN: you're sure to have a wonderful time on one of her classes!

Heather Jacks

 

SEWIST

In 2014 Heather won the BBC's The Great Sewing Bee and realised how much knowledge she had that she really wanted to share with people. She nobly chose to help less fortunate children with the GoSew Project, she writes articles for various sewing journals, teaches regular workshops, has designed a range of fabrics for the Craft Cotton Company and become a brand ambassador for Simplicity Patterns. She enjoys the more complicated side of sewing, from pattern drafting to couture techniques but equally enjoys helping total novices to get started. She believes everyone should have pride in their talent and dexterity, and end up with something that is far more precious than a shop bought article!

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Jennie Rayment

 

QUILTER

We could not run Crafty Monkies WITHOUT the Queen of quilting Jennie Rayment!! Unique in her field, she's internationally known for her quick, simple, innovative and original techniques. Jennie teaches a wide variety of classes for all levels and abilities of sewers from patchworkers, quilters and embroiderers to fashion, soft furnishing and home décor enthusiasts. You'll be captivated by her deviously ingenious textural designs and benefit from the wealth of creative ideas arising from her magic manipulations.

Nine books, work exhibited in various galleries around the world and presenting on Create and Craft TV keeps her busy and we can’t wait to bring you retreats and day workshops with this very clever, talented and lovely lady!

Charlotte Newland

 

SEWIST & QUILTER

We are so excited to work with Charlotte, winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2016! She is what’s known as an all-round crafter and loves quilting, dressmaking and knitting. She was taught to sew as a small child by her mum, grandma and school teachers, and well & truly caught the crafty bug! As well as making a full time career out of her hobby, she also loves to pass on her knowledge to others. Charlotte certainly falls under the ‘TV Personality’ remit, as she was the winner of BBC¹s Great British Sewing Bee 2016! A lovely lady both off and on camera, she is a great member of the CraftyMonkies team and will teach you so many things you never thought you'd be able to learn!

John Bloodworth

 

The GENTLEMAN CRAFTER

We could sum up John in one sentence: "A passionate advocate and promoter of arts & crafts for more than 30 years."

 

But there is so much more to say! Whether on TV, group workshop or online, John simply loves to inspire others to make & create. He says “The joy of seeing the sense of achievement and hearing from those that have succeeded where they have previously failed is what drives me and, in turn inspires me”. This passion led him to create www.gentlemancrafter.com and more recently to leave his job and home and live life on the road in a motorhome for a year offering creative workshops in order to raise money for Mind. John has been nominated for numerous awards and we're delighted to have him as part of our CraftyMonkies team!

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Joe Lowe

 

ARTIST

Born and raised in Lincolnshire, Joe spent several years in London training in Theatre Arts at Middlesex University before taking up abstract painting.
Using art as a therapeutic way for himself to try to help combat the type of everyday stress that life tends to throw at most of us; he now also uses his experience & talents to promote up and coming artists. Joe’s main areas of interest are abstract painting and creating art through experimental techniques, using a wide variety of mixed media. Joe is really looking forward to helping people who have an interest in exploring & developing their ‘inner-artist’; a truly lovely individual with a great outgoing personality, Joe (or Joey as he’s known to his chums!) can’t wait to work with… YOU!

Joanne Roe

 

MIXED MEDIA

One of our most recent additions to our fabulous CraftyMonkies team is the incredibly talented and versatile Jo. She describes herself as a ‘committed Mixed Media artist’. We would agree and also add that she is a wonderful teacher too. Her passion shines through and she loves sharing the skills and knowledge she has learned (and keeps learning) in the events and workshops she teaches. Based in the beautiful South East Valley in Wales, Jo is the founder and manager of a (slightly bonkers) social enterprise in the Rhondda and she couldn’t be happier – apart from when she is surrounded by CraftyMonkies! She is so excited to be on board and we are lucky to have her! As Jo says “keep Crafting!

Janet Clare

 

CRAFTING GURU!

When it comes to moral support and help, Janet has supported CraftyMonkies 100%. She’s great with a pep talk or an idea, but of course she is also immensely talented! After completing a Textiles and Fashion Degree she worked as a freelance designer for many years. Janet enjoys quilting, dressmaking, knitting, painting, drawing, gardening, baking and reading. She loves nothing more than to make do and mend and be in her studio with her thrifted, hand-me down treasures. She cant have a day when she is not creative and we LOVE that about her. It’s in her blood! As an experienced speaker and teacher, Janet regularly host talks and workshops focusing on the design process and the creative techniques she uses. We’re not quite sure how she has the found time to write five books, create a range of quilt and stitchery patterns and designed eleven fabric collections in collaboration with Moda, but she has! We welcome Janet and her impeccable talent on board with huge Monkie hugs!

Sarah Ashford

 

QUILTER

Sarah designs quilts and creates patterns and articles for a variety of quilting publications including Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. She founded the #GreatBritishQuilter Instagram Challenge in 2017 and her debut fabric collection GBQ Back to Basics for Dashwood Studio was launched in February 2020.

Sarah is also part of the Quilter's Planner Team, a US-based publication who produce an annual diary/planner specifically designed for quilters, and writes inspiring content for their social media platforms, blog and newsletters. Sarah also designs her own quilt patterns, small project patterns and sells glitter vinyl project pouches in her Etsy shop. She has taught quilting both internationally and nationally and she can't wait to share her love of quilting at more destinations around the world both in real life and online: welcome aboard, Sarah!

Lou Collins

 

BRUSH LETTERING

One of our fabulous teachers and Crafty Monkies is the incredibly talented and versatile Lou Collins. Lou has presented thousands of hours of live television on Create & Craft TV, demonstrating many different products from the world of paper crafting, including her own range of brush lettering tools! She is a paper crafter through and through and has also mastered the art of brush lettering, in fact, she is so good, she is now the Commissioning Editor for a Lettering Magazine, Simply Lettering! She has been crafting since being very little and has built a career around teaching and inspiring others, come along and let her inspire you!

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Wendy Gardiner

 

SEWIST

What hasn’t Wendy done? She’s worked as a writer, teacher and author in the sewing industry all her working life, during which time she has been editor of several leading sewing magazines as well as having written 20 books including The Great British Sewing Bee from Stitch to Style, Fun with Fat Quarters and The Very Useful Guide to Using Your Sewing Machine. She has also written and presented DVDs on sewing and made several YouTube videos for Hemline haberdashery and Simplicity Limited. Wendy is also a regular guest presenter on Create & Craft TV plus she works with leading pattern and haberdashery companies in the UK, and organisers of the Knitting and Stitching shows to deliver extensive workshop programmes.  She is also the Brand Ambassador for the McCall Pattern Company. Wendy has a strong reputation and indeed fan base because of her enthusiastic and friendly approach to sharing her passion for all things to do with sewing. We can’t wait for her to teach you!...

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Rosemary Merry

 

PAPERCRAFTING

One of our fabulous teachers and Crafty Monkies is the incredibly talented and artistic Rosemary Merry. Rosemary has presented 1000s of hours of live television on Create & Craft TV and other crafting channels, demonstrating many different products from the world of paper crafting. Rosemary is able to conjure up magic from pieces of paper, and she has created this magic on hundreds of workshops and events and for major retailers.She has a real passion for scrapbooking and mini books, its incredible watching her work. With us she will be teaching and inspiring you!

Jake Whiteley

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

With over thirty years (& counting!) under his belt working as both a photographer & graphic designer, the fabulously talented Jake is as enthusiastic about his craft today as he was when he first started out all those many moons ago! Ever keen to share his knowledge & skills with a wider audience about what helps make us take better photographs, Jake joined the CraftyMonkies in 2019 and will be hosting a series of One-Day Workshops and Two-Day Retreats throughout 2020 and beyond! Whether you’re a beginner or intermediary looking to achieve/improve pictures that make people go “Wow!”, you’ll find Jake's Photography courses hugely beneficial. A highly personable, relaxed but highly motivational tutor Jake's focus - no pun intended! - is to help you improve your photographic skills!

Corinne Robinson

 

PAPERCRAFTING

Corrine began her crafting journey 17 years ago. You'll probably recognise her from countless TV appearances as a demonstrator on Create and Craft, and she long ago lost count of how many products she has demonstrated for top crafting companies, the main one being Tattered Lace. Rightly proud of her very own signature collection, she's also a regular contributor to many papercraft magazines in which she can spread her considerable knowledge of die cutting, Fleurs Foam, Scan N Cut and, as she says, anything and everything papercraft really! Away from the cameras she loves running workshops so she can share her crafting passions. Above all she is a warm, ever smiling people-person and you’ll love learning some breathtaking techniques in a friendly, happy atmosphere!

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Jamie Kemp

 

SEWIST

It is great to have some male crafters on board and Jamie is one of the best! He doesn’t look old enough, but incredibly he has been sewing for about forty years on and off! Back in 2014 the sewing bug struck again and now Jamie is fortunate to sew for a living. You might have seen him when he appeared on the GBSB in 2016, Kirstie's Handmade Christmas and as a guest designer/demonstrator on The Sewing Quarter. He has also published an award winning sewing blog and you can find it here: www.maledevonsewing.co.uk.

 

Jamie's expertise is in tailoring (soft and hard), couture techniques, pattern drafting and coat making (menswear and womenswear) and he loves to teach people and see the joy when they achieve something they may never have tried before. We can’t wait to bring a course to you!

Jacqui Joseph

 

UPCYCLING

Jacqui's mother taught her how to sew and her father how to do everything from wallpapering, tiling and painting! So with her fashion background and love of colour, textiles, trimmings and trends, it wasn’t long before she was drawn to interior design and interior craft. The lovely, affable, engaging Jacqui has presented and produced so much television including Discovery's home series Room 2 B You, Viacom’s US Channel BET and UKTV’S Love Home, showing viewers how to make everything from clever storage, to sofa covers and is about to appear in a new BBC series! As well as being ultra-talented on screen, Jacqui loves to teach! Come along to one of her Upcycling courses; you’ll never forget it, and you’ll learn a ton of exciting tricks along the way!

Kerrie Padmore

 

SEWIST

Kerrie can’t wait to get stuck in, meet you all and teach some fabulous tips and tricks along the way. What started out as a sewing hobby for her whilst on maternity leave has ended up being a full time job and a business named ‘Living in Loveliness’. Kerrie says: "My heart lies with bringing people together through my passion for people, crafting and sewing. The best feeling is seeing the look on people’s faces with every stitch sewn. Even the stitch-unpicking is part of the journey!”. Kerrie is not only a fabulous teacher but an award winner too, including one from Her Majesty: The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. Both Kerries’ eldest children also received this award because she encourages them to always ‘pay it forward’, and that ties in nicely with the CraftyMonkies ethos too - welcome aboard Kerrie!

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Jason Wilkes

 

PAPERCRAFTING

Were awaiting Jason's full biography details! He's always an incredibly busy fellow, organising literally hundreds of crafting events across the country, alongside his brother Mark, under their company  brand: Bert & Gert!

We'll have Jason's biog just as soon as he can pause for breath!...

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Carley Duff

 

PAPERCRAFTER

Carley considers herself to be very blessed to work within the craft industry professionally for over 10 years.
She is a regular on television's Create & Craft and teaches all over the country at workshops, craft days and retreats.
Carley has two amazing children and a cat named Doris and the family live happily in Essex
Carley's love of craft started with her grandmother when she was small, but she was totally hooked!
After graduating from university she started to teach in school as an Art teacher, but within two years was back teaching craft! 
For Carley, she gives you that product knowledge and seed of inspiration, and you grow your own creations!

We're very happy to have this lovely lady on-board - welcome Carley!

Leonie Pujol

 

ALL-ROUNDER

The team here at CraftyMonkies have known Leonie for years: what you see on the telly is what you get off it! A more genuine enthusiastic, passionate teacher and crafter you could not wish to meet. She’s worked in the craft industry for many years now, starting out selling handmade dragons with her sister at craft fairs up and down the country, along the way presenting for QVC and Create and Craft and now very proudly presenting on Hochanda TV. So highly valued is Leonie that she also has her own regular weekly craft show. 

 

Leonie says of herself : “I love craft. It’s a passion, and a slight obsession! I run regular workshops, which are so rewarding. Not just because I have the ability to share my passion, but also because I am privileged enough to meet so many incredible and talented people. I feel incredibly lucky to have found such a wonderful path to follow on my life journey, and I know there’s always so much more to learn.”

Denise Williams

 

ALL-ROUNDER

What a talent Lou Withers is - and a wonderful, funny, warm, engaging teacher too! We’re so proud to have her on our team. You won’t be surprised to hear that Lou has always been crafty! She originally enjoyed creating as a hobby whilst working as an Art teacher. She spent 20 years teaching art so is in a prime position to teach for us! One of the most popular guests on HochandaTV, (where she has been for 3 years), she represents many companies such as Golden, Posca, Royal Talens, SAA, Indigoblu and she is the main representative for Studio Light. Her passion and enthusiasm is infectious, as you’ll find out when you come on a CraftyMonkies course!

We’re so excited to be working with the very talented Karen Lewis!

Karen is a hugely talented 

screenprinter, author of Screen Printing at Home and Wabi Sabi Sewing, a Robert Kaufman fabric designer and quilter!

Her work is regularly seen in Love Patchwork and Quilting, and Today’s Quilter magazines. Not content with being a hit in this country she also travels to Denmark and features at Quiltcon and Sewtopia in the US. She is an incredible designer AND teacher and the skills she’ll share with you will be absolutely invaluable!

Denise would class herself as an ‘all round crafter’ who has been crafting for as long as she can remember, but she now specializes in Mixed Media. She has such a passion and love for it, she recently started her own company ‘I Love Mixed Media’.  Many people are slightly afraid of the idea of using Mixed Media products, but Denise wants to quell that myth. She wants to help you find your creative spark and be free in your artistry! Denise loves teaching and can’t wait to be a CraftyMonkie! When she’s not teaching or working on new product ranges, you can find her on the tellybox at Hochanda TV!

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Lou Withers

 

MIXED MEDIA

Karen Lewis

SEWIST

Talented Crafter!

 

COMING SOON

Talented Designer!

COMING SOON

Rest assured we're always on the lookout for more wonderfully talented & highly creative crafters & designers to join our team and when they do, you'll find out all about them here!

If you are one of those potential 'Monkies' please do get in touch with us for a chit-chat:-

hello@craftymonkies.com

Talented Crafter!

 

COMING SOON

Rest assured we're always on the lookout for more wonderfully talented & highly creative crafters & designers to join our team and when they do, you'll find out all about them here!

If you are one of those potential 'Monkies' please do get in touch with us for a chit-chat:-

hello@craftymonkies.com

Rest assured we're always on the lookout for more wonderfully talented & highly creative crafters & designers to join our team and when they do, you'll find out all about them here!

If you are one of those potential 'Monkies' please do get in touch with us for a chit-chat:-

hello@craftymonkies.com