Nicki Vinti (sewing)
“Growing up with a mother who is a seamstress means that sewing has always been part of my life. I used to spend hours watching and helping her sew, mainly because she was making clothes for me and I wanted them quickly! That’s how I learned about how to make clothes. It’s a wonderful skill to have.
My house is mainly decorated by me: the curtains, the cushions…even the sofa covers! My children used to wear my creations to fancy dress parties and book weeks, starting with ballet tutus and crocodile costumes and ending in Vampy Witch dresses and Death Eaters.”
Nicki is a trained teacher and has taught in primary schools for 20 years. More recently she has taught English as a Second Language and Family Learning projects for adults.
However, Nicki’s love of making, sewing and pattern cutting has never faded and she created Sew Enjoyable to share this passion and now teaches and enthusiastically shares her knowledge on a full time basis.
Victoria is the daughter of an architect/interior designer and so was lucky enough to grow up in beautiful surroundings and to develop a visual appreciation at an early age. This led to her studying History of Art and going on to work as a country house curator and later a Fine Art auctioneer.
“I have always appreciated artistic ability in others and have a great admiration for the work of artists from many different eras and in many different mediums. Alongside this, however, I have always been a frustrated creative myself. In 2013 I set up a business selling African crafts, having spent three years living in South Africa, and going to craft fairs inspired me to start at a creative business myself.”
“Corncrake Design was conceived in the latter part of 2014 and started trading in early 2015. I am gradually adding complementary homewares to my range, but lampshades will continue to be my main focus.”
Vicki Roberts (Crochet)
Vicki’s love of crochet stemmed from seeing the many beautiful pictures of crochet items shared on Pinterest and wishing she could make them.
Self taught, and now sharing her skills with others it is a very rare occurrence when she isn’t seen with a hook and yarn in hand (or very close by – she even has crochet hooks on her car keys!). My house and children are covered in items I have made, from blankets and tea light holders to hats and scarves.”
Vicki originally trained as a scientist having studied Biochemistry at University, and worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for 15 years where she taught new staff members before leaving to look after her young family.
Off The Hook for You was born in 2014, to sell finished items, but it has developed quickly into a personal blog and somewhere to share new finished designs.
Natalie Marsh (Flower Arranging) – A Pocketful of Posies
Natalie is a City and Guilds level 2 (distinction) qualified florist, and studied at the renowned Capel Manor college in Enfield.
“Having worked in the professional services industry specialising in International HR for a number of years, followed by some time out to raise my two children, I finally took the plunge in 2014 to pursue a long held ambition to study floristry. As well as mastering practical work, my period of study also covered the principles of floral design, conditioning, and colour theory. It also offered me the chance to brush up on some Latin whilst learning all the botanical names!
I have always enjoyed being creative and nothing makes me happier than being immersed in the beauty of all things floral!”