Tutor Profiles

Jane Carroll

Jane has been a member of the Otago Embroiderers’ guild for many years. She has tutored a number of classes and especially enjoys counted thread techniques.

Gaynor Chronican

Gaynor has been teaching embroidery throughout NZ for many years. She has been invited to take part in many Master Classes and has also attended a class at the RSN, Hampton Court Palace. Gaynor particularly enjoys raised embroidery work and is an accomplished stitcher.

Alison Cole

Alison has been embroidering for most of her life and her love of it has seen her try her hand at a large array of techniques – but her favourites have always been Goldwork and Stumpwork embroidery.

She considers herself fortunate to be a freelance artist in an industry which she loves, professionally teaching and designing embroidery for the past nineteen years. Her career has given her the opportunity to both study and teach around the world, meeting wonderful like-minded people.

Over this time, Alison has won a number of awards for her work, both in Australia and around the world – the latest being a gold medal in the USA for her book The Embroiderer’s Little Book of Hints and Tips. She has worked as artist in residence, feature artist, guest lecturer and has contributed in many publications.

Alison is inspired by nature, her love of period embroidery and historical art. She is passionate about passing on her knowledge and is currently working on her fifth book.

Kath Cole

Kath has been a member of the Otago Embroiderers’ Guild since 1999 and has taught various fibre art techniques over the years. She mostly enjoys exploring ways to use different fibers in new and interesting ways. She loves to dye her own fibers/threads and is a collector of buttons, beads, laces, fabric etc. etc. This is the first time Kath has taught at Wanaka Embroidery School.

Fiona Crowther-Aker

As a member of the Aoraki Embroiderers’ Guild, Fiona has been stitching and teaching for a number of years now. She enjoy all techniques of needlework. At the last ANZEG Conference Fiona was fortunate enough to win the Open section Exploring Colour 1st Place. She enjoys creating her own designs and working on “Stitch with Me” DVDs learning digital technology skills to aid with teaching. When Fiona is not creating she is looking after her family including her little grandson, baking, eating and talking.

Lynette Crowther

Stitching is Lynette’s passion has been learning and perfecting the many techniques for over 50 years. Her favourite stitching is surface embroidery that covers all techniques specialising in stumpwork and crewel work. Lynette holds the ANZEG Tutors Certificate. Her bubbly personality is portrayed in her open hands and class environment.

Julie Hennessey

Julie has a love of all things sparkly and enjoy mixing textures and colours to create “pretty little things”.

Anne Jaquiery

Anne grew up in Wanaka, a perfect place that helped build her creative ability. With a passion for sewing, beading, and stitching, or anything she can design, make or create. From attending Wanaka school classes for over 20 years, and as now as a tutor Anne is able to pass on the wonderful knowledge she has learned over the years.

Colleen Kelly

Colleen has been teaching embroidery and patchwork for the past 10 years, this is her 8th year of being invited to teach at Wanaka, Colleen enjoys designing, teaching and sharing time with likeminded people.

Sue Lucas

Sue started out embroidering at high school and always enjoyed it. She has been encouraged over the years by her Grandmother and Mum, both of whom have always worked with their hands. Sue’s serious love of embroidery has developed within the last 10 years since moving home from overseas. Sue enjoys attending classes whenever she can to try a different technique and learn something new. She has always loved the visual arts and enjoys designing and solving the challenges that occur when creating and stitching her own embroidery pieces.

Judy Mason

Judy began embroidering at Secondary school under the tutelage of the late Helen Moran. She has been embroidering and designing for many years and loves using a variety of colours together to create an image.

Shirley Pygott

Shirley has specialised in Metal Thread Embroidery and Surface Stitch techniques since 2003. A trained school teacher, she has tutored for the past thirteen years including 5 national conferences, regional retreat and tours, regular weekly local classes and on an international cruise. She prefers using traditional techniques and materials in innovative ways, and enjoys making seemingly difficult techniques accessible to all levels of stitchers with her low stress approach. Shirley has completed the ANZEG Diploma of Embroidery and the Diploma of Embroidery Teaching and has received many awards in Regional and National exhibitions.

Kerry Seeley

Kerry’s passion is white work in all its counted forms including needle lace techniques and different ways of stitching letters and monograms. She has also experimented with a host of other techniques. Kerry gained 6th Form Certificate Embroidery and the Embroiderer’s Guild Drawn Thread Certificate. She has tutored for the past 20 years at the Great Escape in Orewa, What a Weekend in Nelson, Stitch Away Hawke’s Bay and ANZEG Conferences. Her work has been exhibited in ANZEG and local exhibitions.

Desiree Simpson

Desiree has taught craft classes nationally and locally for the past 25 years and has been designing her own projects since the age of five. She is a member of the Otago Embroiderer’s Guild. She enjoys mixing a variety of techniques in her projects and encourages students to create their own variations.

Alison Snepp

Alison has been a freelance embroiderer since 1981. During that time she has taught workshops and lectured all over Australia, around New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. She has also studied in public and private collections around the world. Her embroidery has appeared in many magazines and books. Her particular interest is in the embroidery of Central Asia, India, Greece and Turkey, particularly early techniques. In her workshops she likes to introduce her students to the women who worked the original embroideries through the techniques studied.

Nikki Van der Jagt

Nikki enjoys all things creative coming from a teaching and design background. Painting and textile art are two of her favourites along with Embroidery which is her main passion. She enjoys being able to add elements of this to her other work producing composite works that are complementary. While most of her work is contemporary she has also come to appreciate the importance
of traditional skills as a basis for successful work. Working with and learning from many very skilled stitchers has over time shown her the depth of talent we have within our ranks and the generosity of those willing to share their knowledge. Most importantly she believes that whatever our age, skill level and preferred craft, we should always try to push ourselves that little bit further, enjoy what we are doing and have fun.