Craft Instructors

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Jill Alblas
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Acol, Birchington,  Kent  UK
Following her degree and teaching certificate Jill taught for many years in colleges of Further Education before taking the leap to working as a freelance designer. Over the years Jill has designed art and craft products for many major companies including W.H.Smith, Early Learning Centre and Disney. She continues to teach and travels widely to hold workshops in the U.K., Europe and recently to teach jewellery making in Moscow and silk painting in Kalliningrad. Many years of experience means that Jill can offer a broad range of classes.

Annette Allen
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Ferndown,  Dorset  UK
Annette retired as a University Tutor in Marketing, PR and Media and now has time to indulge in her favourite pastimes of cruising and crafting. Cruising all over the world for 36 years as a passenger and teacher, has allowed her to participate in craft classes from both sides of the table. She teaches all types of paper craft, stitching/quilting and jewellery making. Always ready for a challenge, has loads of energy, oodles of craft ideas and bags of patience, Annette welcomes passengers of all levels to join the “crafters” and have some fun.

Jackie Allen
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Sevenoaks,  Kent  UK
Jackie trained as a milliner in London, making hats for many celebrities in the late 60s and 70s. In the 80s she opened her own business making Latin and Ball gowns for competition dancing, many of these have been seen on TV. Her love of colour and textiles come from living with a family of artists and seamstresses. Colourful textiles and anything that sparkles are used in her crafts, her use of different textures and items are put together in a magical way to create works of art which she calls painting with fabric. Her classes are fun and full of quality items to make.

Barbara Ashmore
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Chorley,  Lancashire  UK
Barbara has been a keen crafter all her life. She covers many different crafts including silk painting, paper crafts, quilting, knitting, jewellery making, and origami, to name but a few. She has been on many cruises over the past 9 years and finds great pleasure in meeting passengers and passing on her skills. She has helped every age group from the very young to the more mature to find new pleasure in creating many different types of crafts. Beginners and more experienced crafters have all enjoyed their "sea days" in a relaxed and social atmosphere while meeting new friends and learning new skills.

Lynne Aspinall
Craft Instructor
Paper Crafting
Coming from: Bolton,  Lancashire  UK
Lynne has been an avid crafter for 30 years. After successfully qualifying from a 2 year college course, covering all aspects of paper crafting, she set up her own business about 10 years ago, creating bespoke wedding stationary and greetings cards. The success of this business resulted in Lynne being asked to demonstrate crafts at various venues. In addition to this, she has, since 2008 travelled aboard many cruise ships in her role of craft instructor, fulfilling her passion for crafts and travel. Her philosophy is to make craft enjoyable to all, from the novice to the experienced crafter.

Kate Asquith
Craft Instructor - Needle work
BA hons Ed,Cert Ed C&G Creative Embriodery D.I.C.E
Coming from: Ravenshead,  Nottinghamshire  UK
As a dedicated ‘stitcher’ Kate has been involved with needlecrafts from the age of 4! Since 2007 she has worked on cruise ships, working on both long and short cruises. She works with both experienced and totally new crafters, offering a mixture of easy and complicated projects to fulfil all the relevant needs. As a craft lecturer Kate always offers several different items on a daily basis to give the passengers a choice of projects.

Linda Baldwin
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Stowmarket,  Suffolk  UK
Linda's interest in crafts began at an early age. She would go with her mother to craft meetings and learn from the women there. While bringing up her children crafting was still important and Linda went to college for a number of years where she took a City & Guilds in fashion and another in embroidery. A Teaching Adults Course followed. On cruise ships she teaches a wide range of crafts, and Where possible, Linda likes to "theme" her projects.

Susan E Birks
Craft Instructor
Jewellery & Beading
Coming from: Urmston,  Gtr Manchester  UK
Susan was born in Manchester where she now lives with her husband, Michael. After gaining her PhD in Medicine, her early career involved clinical trials with cancer patients at the Christie Hospital. Later she trained as a Physiotherapist at Withington School and joined the staff of Park Hospital, Manchester. Her involvement with Crafts goes back many years. Her real passion is beads. She started taking classes over 25 years ago and, following the example of her teacher, took over the class when her teacher retired. She is keen to pass on her own knowledge as a craft instructor on cruises.

Christine Burfitt
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Christine is passionate about Arts and Crafts and has created many interesting workshops. She lectures in her local community and schools, demonstrating her craft skills to a wide audience. Her hobbies include arts and crafts such as her Award winning Faberge style Eggs, Flower Arranging, Sugar-Craft, Art-Painting and Domestic Craft. She also sings in a Ladies Choir performing both Recital and Competition pieces.

Irene Burns
Craft Instructor & Bridge Director
Coming from: Spennymoor,  County Durham  UK
Irene joined the police and served eighteen years in the force, rising to the rank of Inspector, before starting a craft retail business. Having come from a ‘sewing’ family, Irene was enthusiastic about handicrafts. She attended courses to teach the subject and started sewing classes locally which continued for fifteen years. Irene now has several years experience as a craft tutor, both locally and on cruise ships. Irene is also a qualified Bridge Director and teaches Bridge.

Gill Colthart
Arts & Crafts Instructor
Decorative Painting & Multi Media Crafts
Coming from: West Lothian,  Scotland  UK
Gill has always been interested in crafts and interior design and loves to share her skill and knowledge with others. Using her own designs she enjoys encouraging people to try something new in a fun environment, and leave the class with enough knowledge and confidence to continue on their return home. She currently teaches decorative painting, one stroke painting, narrowboat painting, designer gift wrapping, Christmas crafts, jewellery making, silk ribbon roses, origami, paper crafts, tatting & wire crochet.

Caroline Dick
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Wokingham,  Berkshire  UK
Caroline has been sewing since her grandmother taught her when she was 8 years old! After leaving college, and serving an apprenticeship at a court dressmaker she became a dress fitter for Jaeger’s in Regent Street London. In 1987 she opened her own bridal shop and for the last 28 years this has been one of the busiest in Berkshire. On her first cruise with Fred Olsen in 2003 Caroline vowed to become a cruise ship craft instructor and now recently retired, is able to pass on her handicraft skills to others. She shows cruise guests what beautiful items can be made even by handicraft beginners

Janice Gaskell
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Bourne,  Lincolnshire  UK
Janice has a keen interest in art, crafts, colour and decoration, so this was a natural choice of profession for her. After studying at Accrington School of Art for fashion drawing and design, Wigan School of Art for art and crafts, finally Manchester Regional College of Art, she taught for many years, passing on her skills and knowledge. For more than 10 years now, Janice has led successful workshops on cruises, teaching a wide range of techniques including paper crafting, paper folding, novelty cards, decorative painting and mosaic style jewellery amongst many others.

Barbara Edith Harvey
Craft Instructor
Jewellery Making Tutor
Coming from: Ilminster,  Somerset  UK
Barbara has been in love with beads and all forms of jewellery since childhood and she went on to work with a family of diamond merchants in London’s Hatton Garden from where she garnered much inspiration. Her teaching has taken many forms including teaching jewellery making on cruise ships. Her classes are very popular and have always gained exceptionally high satisfaction marks from passengers. She loves to share her enthusiasm, enabling others to discover abilities they never realised they had and then take home beautiful, long lasting, memories of wonderful holidays.

Karen Hope
Multi Media Craft Instructor
Coming from: Preston,  Lancashire  UK
Karen has over 30+ years experience teaching mixed media craftwork to young and old. Karen has worked for a variety of cruise companies over the past 10 years. She is able to work with all skill levels from novice to advanced, ensuring everyone has an enjoyable crafting experience and takes away their completed creation. Karen’s motto is ‘Variety is the Spice of Life’, and each workshop brings different craft projects /techniques. Karen’s workshops include beadwork, card and paper crafts, mixed media, Encaustic wax painting, macramé, fabric accessories and more.

Pat Hughes
Craft Instructor
Knitting & Paper Craft
Coming from: Pencoed,  Mid Glamorgan  UK
Pat is an experienced crafter who has produced many beautiful knitted garments, toys and other items. Having learned as a child, she has continued to knit over the years and throughout that time, enjoyed learning and sharing techniques and styles with others. A keen cruiser herself, her craft classes have always been near the top of the list of things to do onboard. Pats knitting classes are friendly, relaxed and rewarding with something for everyone, experienced knitters and complete novices.

June Keir
Craft Instructor
Dip COT (Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists)
Coming from: Scaldwell,  Northamptonshire  UK
June has spent most of her working life as an Occupational Therapist, working in mental health settings, where craft work has paid an important part in helping people regain their health and well-being. She has belonged to various craft groups, mainly patchwork, where she has run workshops demonstrating and teaching various techniques. She is however interested many crafts. Now retired she runs craft workshops at local fairs as well as on cruise ships.

Jessie Lindon
Craft Instructor
Qualified craft teacher
Coming from: Henley in Arden,  Warwickshire  UK
A retired P&O employee, Jessie has been on many cruise ships as both passenger and Crafts Instructor and therefore understands what passengers enjoy doing on sea days. She has run over 100 craft workshops in the past 5 years. She has has qualifications in teaching and several creative studies. Her workshops give the opportunity to 'sample' a variety of handicrafts and to try something different at every session with lots of materials to choose from.

Diana Martin
Craft Instructor
Patchwork and Quilting
Coming from: Minehead,  Somerset  UK
Diana has been practising and teaching patchwork and quilting for many years and in several countries. Along the way she has made a t.v. series in Canada and been part of several public projects in England. She always has a quilt “on the go”, and for a long time has been involved in making quilts for “children who need a hug” via the charity Project Linus. Diana loves teaching patchwork and quilting because the skills are not difficult to learn and students can produce useful items right from the start.

Frances McNaughton
Sugar-Craft Artist & Tutor, Celebrity & Author
Coming from: Bexhill on sea,  East Sussex  UK
Frances’s sugarcraft books have become international bestsellers. She has been a tutor and demonstrator since 1987, teaching all aspects of cake decorating and sugarcraft to students from beginner to advanced level. She travels all over Europe providing demonstrations and workshops for exhibitions, shops, groups and clubs. On cruises her demonstrations and mini workshops include modelling with sugar paste and chocolate to create sugar flowers and models, and she talks about her film and advert involvement.

Pauline Millross
Craft Instructor
Beaded Jewellery and other Crafts
Coming from: Thirsk,  North Yorkshire  UK
Before discovering a new career as a craft instructor on cruise ships, Pauline earned her living as a free-lance china and porcelain artist specialising in commemorative items, her main claim to fame being a series of plates for Sir Cliff Richard. Today she creates delightful jewellery mainly using beads and gemstones but also specialises in customised pieces in silver and other materials.

Shawn Mills
Jewellery Making (chain mail)
Member of the goldsmiths guild and the Guild of Jewellery Designers
Coming from: Attleborough,  Norfolk  UK
Shawn is a family man and lives in Attleborough, Norfolk with his partner Elizabeth. He was introduced to making glass beaded jewellery whilst on his first cruise many years ago. Although Shawn is a silversmith with his own hallmark which is registered with The Company of Goldsmiths in London, his main passion is chain maille. He will introduce crafters to the basic skills of making chain maille by helping them to make some small items starting with aluminium links, and then moving onto other metals.

Emily Mixon
Arts & Crafts Instructor
over 25 years experience teaching in arts & crafts
Coming from: The Villages,  Sumter County, Florida  USA
Emily Bozeman Mixon has been involved in Arts and Crafts for over 40 years. She attended many crafts shows as a participant for over 15 years traveling from Tennessee to as far away as Michigan to sell her wares. She managed two craft supplies stores for a craft supply company located in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1992 Emily began teaching arts & crafts on cruise ships for Costa, Cunard, Celebrity and Holland America and has been doing so ever since. She has taught many classes with 100 or more people in attendance and others with 25-35 people in attendance.

Ellen Morrell
Craft Instructor
All Crafts
Coming from: Chorley,  Lancashire  UK
Ellen has been, from a very young age, a crafter. She enjoys making and designing things for all sorts of occasions and loves sharing her hobbies with others and passing on any tips and tricks she has learned over the years. One fabulous element of crafting is that anyone can do it, it has no boundaries as there is no right or wrong way. She is a firm believer that 'crafting' should be affordable to all, and advocates re-cycling, where possible.

Jean Owen
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Hythe,  Kent  UK
Jean started card making using rubber stamps in 2000 and had crafted for many years before being asked to set up a Craft Club at the NHS hospital she worked at. She moved to Hythe in Kent and started running craft classes for the local craft shop. She then set up a business running a diverse range of classes - Card Making, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards and Altered Art. Jean believes that digital crafting is going to revolutionise craft sessions aboard cruise liners and feels it will help people create truly magical holiday memory albums whilst maximising computer suites aboard ship.

Claudia Puma
Arts and Crafts Tutor
Coming from: Hamburg,  Michigan  USA
Claudia Puma's life pursuit has been in the arts and crafts field, her love of color and design took many forms over the past 40 years. For over 38 years she participated in some of the best art fairs in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. She won awards for her designs in Quilting and in jewelry design, Creative Designs was a very appropriate name for her business. Claudia began teaching on cruise ships in 1986 and has taught on Costa, Celebrity, Cunard, and Carnival, and has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, Central American, Caribbean, and USA. Traveling the world is a passion for Claudia, teaching classes on cruise brings her two passions together.

Doreen Ritchie
Destination Lecturer & Craft Instructor
Coming from: Bournemouth,  Dorset  UK
Doreen has been a keen traveller all her adult life and her passion for cruising has taken her to many parts of the world; and in 2005, as an experienced crafter, she started teaching craft on cruise ships. Acutely aware, as a cruiser herself, what passengers enjoy during sea days, she has designed exclusive projects to appeal to both beginners and experienced crafters alike. Wishing to broaden her horizons, Doreen has successfully completed a Port & Destination Speaker course and is eager to pass on her enthusiasm and knowledge of the many wonderful places there are to explore.

Brenda Scarman
Embroidery and Teaching
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
Brenda is a Textile Designer with over 25 years experience teaching embroidery. Now freelance, she teaches groups both locally and further afield, specialising in traditional embroidery techniques. She is an active member of the Embroiderers Guild, the Goldwork Guild and the Costume & Textile Association, and talks to groups about the many and varied aspects of embroidery. Brenda is passionate about her subject, and enjoys researching the historical links to different techniques, and sharing her enthusiasm with others as a Craft Instructor on cruise ships.

Sue Schofield
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Wetherby,  West Yorkshire  UK
After leaving Strasbourg University in France Sue spent four years with The Times newspaper before joining the Foreign Office. Inspired by the artistry, designs and colours discovered during her travels Sue started a craft business, Springwood House Designs. She gives talks and workshops and exhibits at major shows. Her projects are achievable by both novice and experienced alike. She is noted for the variety and quality of her ideas.

Trish St George
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Cheddleton,  Staffordshire  UK
Following early retirement from teaching in 1994 and retirement from legal work with the Citizens Advice Bureau, more recently, Trish has been able to concentrate full time on her first love, crafting, and she produces a variety of crafts which are sold both locally and nationally at craft fairs. Trish has travelled widely and has been a regular cruise ship craft instructor for the last 20 years. Thus she is very cognisant with the way if life on board a cruise ship. She appreciates that amongst cruisers there is a mixture of experienced crafters and newbies. Therefore she offers new skills which will be of interest to the experienced crafter and projects which will appeal to newbies.

Eleanor Todd
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Gunnislake,  Cornwall  UK
Eleanor is a qualified teacher who began her teaching career in Secondary Schools. Trained to teach Geography, with Art and Craft as one of her subjects, she was able to combine an interest in Earth Sciences and Craft on the annual foreign school trips. Eleanor's enthusiasm and love of needlecraft has found many outlets in creating gifts and keepsakes for family and friends and commissions come thick and fast. In passing on her love of needlecraft, Eleanor aims to inspire the same passion for creativity that she has herself and is proud to boast of the many 'addicts' she has produced.

Priscilla Wheater
Craft Instructor
mosaics and creative crafts appropriate for cruise ships
Coming from: Totnes,  Devon  UK
As an Art Student, Priscilla specialised in Ceramic art and went on to study Creative Design (mixed media). After graduating, she taught both adults and children for several years within the Leicestershire Education system. Having been persuaded to become involved in the gift and card industry, she developed a sales and marketing company to sell the work of British craftsmen to markets across the world. Mosaic decoration is an especial lover of hers, and she delights in teaching others this fairly unique craft.

Mary Wilkinson
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Braco,  Perthshire  UK
Mary has cruised extensively, and offers her cross-stitch craft as a different and exciting craft for cruise ship passengers, producing highly individual items Ranging from small key fob designs, outline maps covering the cruise itinerary, personalized with dates, names, etc. These make delightful reminders of the cruise for participating passengers

Pam Williamson
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Blandford Forum,  Dorset  UK
Pam has spent many years living overseas in the middle and far east but is now retired and settled in the UK. She regularly teaches Craft and Patchwork workshops locally and particularly likes teaching complete beginners. Although her main passion is Patchwork, she is proficient in many forms of craft including sewing, paper crafts, jewellery, patchwork and ribbon crafts and is continually developing projects suitable to the cruising environment. Her workshops produce something useful and practical – and easy to pack to take home!