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.

Mary Bird
Craft Instructor
Dip Ed
Coming from: Wimborne,  Dorset  UK
Mary is a qualified teacher with a background in art and design. She has taught City and Guilds patchwork and quilting courses to Diploma level as well as other advanced textile techniques. Her forte is in encouraging individuals with varying abilities develop skills beyond their expectations in a relaxed and enjoyable way. Since 2006 Mary has taught craft on board cruise ships and has designed and developed distinctive, high quality craft items in a range of media that appeal to novices as well as experienced crafts-people.

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.

Karen Cartwright
Art & Craft Instructor
Coming from: Holyhead,  Anglesey  UK
Karen is an artisan and art / crafts instructor with over 30 years’ experience and knowledge of a wide variety of crafts from beading to decoupage. She is a fun and energetic person who is heavily committed and involved in many different art & craft communities throughout the U.K and enjoys hosting watercolour art classes and delivering seminars on a variety of popular craft subjects. With many years of teaching experience, her classes are all about getting together and being welcoming and inspirational; from learning basic skills to advanced techniques, complete with full demonstrations and group tuition.

Dr Bette Daoust
Enrichment Speaker
Destinations & Crafts
Coming from: Vancouver,  British Columbia  Canada
As a cruise ship lecturer, presenter, and hands-on craft facilitator, Bette is one of the best in the business. Her speaking experience goes well beyond the classroom. She has belonged to the National Speakers Association with a speaking career as a key-note speaker and subject matter expert. Combining her passions with Travel has led her to her starting an online craft store which features arts and crafts from all over the world. Due to researching and learning about many cultures and their history, Bette is an ideal guest speaker.

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

Judith and Ivan Ford
Craft Instructors
Coming from: Dunbar,  East Lothian  UK
Judith and Ivan have been Craft Instructors for 10 years on cruise ships, working with Saga, P&O, Fred Olsen and CMV. They have been extremely privileged to have presented crafts to guests on 5 World Cruises, working on Van Gogh, 3 World Cruises with Saga, and 1 World Cruises with Fred Olsen. Judith and Ivan have also worked on many shorter cruises. They always find it a thrill when non crafters on a cruise comes along to their sessions and leave with a huge smile on their face because they have made something useful, or something creative that they can present as a gift at the end of a cruise.

Sandra Grayson
Graphology (Handwriting Analysis)
Coming from: Evesham,  Worcestershire  UK
London-born professional scribe, Sandra Grayson has used her creativity wisely to be able to offer adult guests the opportunity to learn new skills easily, whether she is Guest Speaker sharing the hidden meaning of handwriting (Graphology), teaching how to write Calligraphy or simply revealing new and unique ideas to create beautiful souvenirs for the guests to take home and enjoy. "KEEPING IT PERSONAL" is Sandra's mission statement!

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: Boroughbridge,  N.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.

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.

Dr Rie Natalenko
History and Literature
Coming from: East Corrimal,  NSW  Australia
Rie Natalenko has a doctorate in writing, specialising in Screen and History. She has a Masters degree in Education and an Honours degree in Literature. Much of her university and college teaching was in the areas of screenwriting, film-making and film studies. She has written and directed award-winning short films, has been commissioned to write historically-based scripts, and has written scripts for corporate and educational bodies. Rie enjoys creating as well as writing. She is an accomplished felter, knitter, crocheter, spinner and weaver.

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.

Kerrie-Anne Riles
Art and Crafts
Coming from: San isidro,  Lima  Peru
Originally a Primary School teacher, Kerrie-Anne specialized in craft teaching and has been teaching children, adult education and respite care for forty years. Having lived in six countries she has experience in teaching students of wide backgrounds and abilities. Kerrie-Anne now specializes in teaching at conferences and on cruises combining her love of handcrafts and travel. Kerrie-Anne’s cruise classes include quilting, quilling, beading, paper crafts, textile arts, cross-stitch, Shiva, fabric painting, Christmas crafts and Photo to Pictorial Appliqué lecture.

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.

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.