Instructors

Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes

I am a canvaswork embroidery designer and teacher based in Perth, Western Australia. I started Beautiful Stitches in 2012 to share my passion for the gorgeous patterns you can create with a myriad of canvaswork stitches worked in rich, vibrant colours. Over the past seven years, I have had the opportunity to teach in Australia, the USA and onboard a Needlework Tours cruise.

Véronique Gaudet

Véronique makes her living from her passions of art and human anatomy as a professional free motion quilter and as a registered massage therapist/reflexologist. She loves beads, braiding and the bold use of colours, as well as the challenge of design in many mediums.

Hazel Blomkamp

Hazel is a well-known embroiderer from South Africa with 25 years of experience designing and teaching. Her contemporary take on crewel has earned her worldwide acclaim.

She is the author of books such as Crewel Intentions and Crewel Creatures. She has taught all over the world and often contributed to embroidery magazines such as Inspirations.

Natalie Dupuis

Natalie holds a master’s degree in education and has been a classroom teacher for international schools around the world. Following her passions, she has taught traditional hand embroidery in England, Canada, and the United States. Her work features in Inspirations magazine, Needle Arts magazine and Embroidery Canada. She has written a research paper on the history of couching stitches with the support of a research fellowship grant from the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA). Natalie is an apprentice needlework judge with the EGA. She has trained part-time at the Royal School of Needlework and the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. Natalie is from Ontario and has lived in France, England and now resides in Montreal with her husband and two young children.

Georgina Bellamy

Georgina describes her work as a combination of lots of techniques she has loved over the years – some created by her and other historical that she is keen to preserve.

She tries to marry the idea of sculpture with embroidery, or more specifically, goldwork to create 3D forms.

She studied embroidery at college to learn practical skills – (stumpwork, goldwork, stitch techniques and lace) and then at the degree level with London College of Fashion in central London.

Since graduating, she has worked for many famous designers, taught all over the UK and Europe and now runs her own little indie art embroidery company, regularly teaching workshops and selling embroidery designs in London.

Georgina and her embroidery have been featured on channel four in the UK, published in many textile magazines and exhibited with some of the most popular textile shows in the UK.

Barbara Gilbert

Barbara, a retired home economics teacher, has a lifelong interest in textiles and embroidery. She has been involved with a needle and thread since her early childhood when her grandmothers presented her with her very own sewing basket.

Barbara has been an active participant in EAC/ACB at both her local level and the national level. She has authored several correspondence courses for EAC/ACB. Barbara is a counsellor for EAC/ACB correspondence courses, and, at the same time, continues to take embroidery courses to further her knowledge and skills. She has attained the diploma level in experimental stitch and design and is working on the certificate in hand embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework.

Patricia Goaley

Patricia is an embroiderer and teacher from Texas with extensive experience. She has attended classes at the Royal School of Needlework, the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta, and is an embroidery judge and scientist. She has taught at several EGA seminars and been published in Needlecraft Magazine.

Joyce Gill

Joyce from Cornwall, PEI, has sampled many forms of needlework through EAC/ACB seminars and online courses. She has introduced needlework to many stitchers through “The Needle Nut,” Maritime EAC/ACB chapters and local events. Joyce likes to encourage creativity in her students and has an infectious enthusiasm for all forms of needle-arts.

Linda Lachance

Linda has been designing and teaching canvas work embroidery, colour, design and beading techniques for over 30 years. Her work is available through her company Northern Pine Designs.

She has studied and taught throughout Canada and the US, most notably with the American Needlepoint Guild.

Naomi Smith

Naomi is an Indigenous artisan and educator. She is actively involved in teaching others about the ways of the First Nations people of the Woodlands and Northeastern region from a historical and contemporary perspective, often through the story of beads. Her work embraces ancestral designs in the form of bags, adornment and traditional accessories. Naomi’s work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington DC, Vancouver 2010 Olympics and participates in numerous events throughout the year.

Carolyn Mitchell

Carolyn has been a national and international teacher and author of embroidery for over 40 years. She holds a National Standards Council of American Embroiderers teaching certificate and has served as the EAC/ACB education chair and course coordinator. Her love of fibres, colours and texture is evident in her canvaswork and Hardanger. She often blends many embroidery techniques into her projects. She encourages her students to develop techniques and to appreciate needlework history.

Mike Parr

Mike has had a lifelong passion for embroidery and history. With over 35 years of experience in surface and crewel embroidery. He has studied with a variety of international teachers and regularly works in stumpwork, goldwork, and white work. As well as teaching privately for several years, he also works with local guilds teaching regularly in Canada. He is a regular contributor to Embroidery Canada magazine. In 2016 he founded his own business Mike Parr Embroidery Designs. Mike’s primary focus is creating embroidery projects that draw on art and history for their inspiration.

Diane Scott

Diane is an accomplished stitcher in many techniques but especially enjoys canvaswork. She has taught in various places throughout Canada, including CreativFestival in Toronto, Fibre Potpourri in Olds AB, and EAC/ACB seminars. Diane has taught locally in Ontario and Nova Scotia. An industrial engineer by training, she sees this as the source of her enjoyment of 3D stitching projects.

Diane is currently President of Toronto Stitching Guild and EAC/ACB Treasurer. 

Janet Scruggs

Janet, from Kamloops BC, has been involved in textile and fibre art for more than 40 years. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning several awards for her artwork. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree as well as a City & Guilds (London) Level 3 Certificate in Design and Stitched Textiles (Hand Embroidery).

Carol Storie

Carol creates and teaches designs in many techniques of counted thread, including Hardanger, canvas work, pulled thread, blackwork, and cross-stitch. She incorporates specialty threads and a wide variety of stitches. She has completed the EAC/ACB Design for Embroidery course.

Carol is a member of Regina Stitchery Guild, EAC/ACB, Embroiderers’ Guild of America, and Needlework Designers of Canada. She previously served on the EAC/ACB Board as the youth director.

Giulia Manfredini

Giulia Manfredini was born and raised in Massa, Tuscany, Italy. A medical doctor, she is the Chief of the Endocrine Unit of Massa-Carrara Province, Italy.

Giulia began her journey into needle art at a young age with the guidance of her paternal grandmother and her mother, two very talented women who shared their love for needle art. In 1998 she started what she calls her “needlework adventure” after being awarded first place in a Caron Collection online contest.

In the following years, magazines such as Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly, Just Cross Stitch, The Gift of Stitching, Piecework, Punch Needle & Primitive Stitcher published some of her works.

Since 2012, Giulia has been a frequent teacher at events such as Nashville Needlework Market, Annie’s Needle Arts Show, Needle Arts Festival: Christmas in Williamsburg (returning December 2020), Celebrations of Needlework and Craftours.

Giulia is fond of all needlework techniques and finds it extremely rewarding to share her love with fellow stitching fans. She encourages them to create and finish projects using her original techniques and designs.