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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tricia Dalton
Craft Instructor
Coming from: Penistone,  Sheffield  UK
Tricia began sewing at an early age and as her children started school she returned to education and gained an Advanced City & Guilds Sewing Skills Qualification and went onto University to complete a Certificate in Education enabling her to teach adults. She has travelled extensively and cruised many times for pleasure and as a craft instructor. She is an enthusiastic teacher and has excellent rapport with passengers attending her sessions. Tricia’s projects are inclusive for all levels of competence and gender with the scope for the individual to use their own artistic flair.

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.

Sylvianne Delaney
Water Colour Art Instructing
Fine Art, Spatial Design and Graphic design UWA
Coming from: Spalding,  Lincolnshire  UK
Sylvianne studied Fine Art, Spatial Design and Graphic Design at the University of East Anglia. She has had a varied career in the Art world from theatre, set and costume design for West End productions, to onscreen graphic operator and Senior Motion Graphic Designer. As a committed artist and craftsperson, trained in all mediums, she is now passing on her many skills in Watercolour painting, sketching, various crafts and sewing. Her workshops are simple, accessible and fun and she is always willing to spend that extra time to encourage her students to reach their own personal artistic goals.

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.

Yvonne Gostling
Craft Instructor
Beading
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Yvonne has been an avid crafter for many years coming from a family of gifted needlewomen, initially learning sewing from her grandmother. Crafting has always been part of her life and, before beading, she spent over 10 years making bobbin lace. However, once she found out about beading, that interest has inspired her and she has now been designing and making jewellery for about 15 years. Yvonne enjoys teaching and is passionate about passing on her creative skills and knowledge to 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.

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.

Mary Loggie
Craft Instructing
Coming from: Carterton,  Oxfordshire  UK
Mary Loggie started crafting as a hospital nurse in Occupational Therapy using arts, crafts and sewing techniques as exercises. She graduated with a full C & G Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting and is a qualified adult teacher. Mary has been "crafting/quilting" for almost 25 years. She runs shore-based classes of ladies who meet and make projects. She has expanded her expertise in sewing and crafts becoming a lecturer, tutor and organiser of classes and weekend practical working projects. Mary has been craft instructing on cruise ships since 2006.

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.

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.

Elaine Ottley
Craft Tutor
Craft teacher
Coming from: Somersham,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Elaine has been a qualified beauty therapist for the last 20 years, and has her own salon in Somersham. For many years she has also been an active crafter specialising in making bespoke jewellery which are displayed for sale in her salon. Elaine is a regular cruise ship craft instructor provided numerous craft sessions for a number of different cruise lines. Her aim is for the passengers who attend her classes to take with them an item that they have made themselves, that they could keep as a memento, or give away to that special someone.

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.

Maisie Parrish
International Sugar Artist - Tutor & Author
City & Guilds/Sugarcraft modelling
Coming from: Stoke-on-Trent,  Staffordshire  UK
Maisie Parrish is often told she has magic hands, and when she begins to work, something magical does indeed happen. Currently one of the few Cake Designers in the world who are part of the exclusive club of “The professional’s voices” of MASSA TICINO sugarpaste by Carma from the Swiss producer Callebaut. Her fans travel across the world to be taught Sugar Craft by her, and she in turn has taught in some of the most prestigious companies throughout the world.

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.

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.

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.

Sian White
Craft Instructor
Felting, Sewing, Quilling, Card making, Wirework, Paper folding,
Coming from: Brinkworth,  Wiltshire  UK
Throughout her childhood, nursing career, bringing up a family and working in a craft village, Sian has gained expertise in a huge variety of crafts. She has also completed an NCFE in Creative Textiles. She has a relaxed and informal style of teaching with the emphasis being on having fun, while creating a unique piece of work. Sian has experience in a wide range of crafts, that could be offered from stand alone hour sessions (embroidered or needle felted brooches, wirework dragonflies, simple beaded necklaces, bookmarks or paper flowers) to longer projects requiring several sessions.

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