About us

I’m Zola and the  owner of My Crafty Soul.   Ever since I can remember I have had a love for creating and making.  One of my earliest memories is decorating the walls of a cardboard dolls house I had made and helping my gran to sew.

I come from a creative family – both grandma’s were seamstresses, my great aunt was a milliner and my dad is an artist. Even my 10 year old has the crafty gene and is constantly making cushions and wall art for her room.

I can’t pretend to be an expert in any craft but what I am an expert in is attending craft workshops and buying more craft and fabric materials then I care to admit! I have tried them all  – from lampshade making to crochet, bag making to furniture decorating – there aren’t many classes I haven’t signed up for.

What I discovered is that I loved them all – the variety, the creativity and the meeting up with other like minded souls.  It didn’t matter that I wasn’t an expert and probably never will be – I quite like some of the imperfections of my first quilt, my first granny square and my first not quite set jam!

So along came the “dream”…..the opportunity to have my very own craft space where I could hold craft workshops (using expert tutors of course!), sell gorgeous fabrics,yarns and haberdashery, select unique craft kits and generally create a space where other crafty souls could hang out.

And this is it…..my dream has come true.

Our tutors:

Fiona Hesford

Fiona HesfordFiona Hesford has worked in the fashion textile industry for over twenty years and is the founder of Sewgirl.

She designs a range of contemporary sewing kits for beginners and is a contributing editor for books and magazines such as ‘Love Sewing’ and ‘Simply Homemade’.

Fiona is passionate about fabric and sewing and loves to inspire and give confidence by showing simple but effective techniques useful for making bags, cushions and clothes. Based in Worthing, she has been teaching complete beginners to sew for over 3 years.

Fiona’s website: www.sewgirl.co.uk

Vicki Knights

Vicky KnightsVicki Knights is one of the UK’s leading family and child photographers. Her award-winning work has been featured in various local and national press including the Sunday Express, Mother & Baby and Digital Photographer magazine.

She loves to use the changing seasons as the backdrops to her photos. Her work has been described as natural, expressive and beautiful.

Vicki has been passionate about photography since she was a teenager but she didn’t pick up her first digital SLR until she was pregnant in 2007. After attending a few photography courses and walking out more confused, she ended up teaching herself to take beautiful photographs by spending hours upon hours with her head in photography books and on forums! She has condensed much of what she has learnt into a dynamic and intensive 3.5 hour workshop without any boring, complicated jargon! She’ll teach you how to take great photos without having to days reading the dull camera manual!

Over the past few years, Vicki has taught hundreds of delighted parents how to take great photos of their families.

To see more of Vicki’s professional work, see her photography website here: http://vickiknights.co.uk

To find out more about her workshops and for photography tips, see her training website here: http://photographyforbusyparents.com

Richenda Court

Richenda is a printmaker living in Surrey who studied Fine Art and Contemporary Dance at Brighton University.

The preparatory work for her modern designs is made at her home studio before being printed in London or Guildford.

Her work has been exhibited widely in London and the South. In 2012 she represented Surrey in the Olympics with a winning poster design opening at The Royal Albert Hall.

In 2009 her work was selected for the Brook Gallery in Devon, a gallery specialising in Modern British print.

She is currently a co-director at Ochre Print Studios in Guildford teaching and overseeing all Relief Printmaking courses.

http://www.ochreprintstudio.co.uk/

Sophie Long

Sophie graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2008, having mastered more than 30 hand embroidery techniques including silk shading and goldwork.

Sophie’s passion and undeniable talent for embroidery is displayed through her hand embroidery classes, extensive range of kits and original works.

During 2009 Sophie was one of the Royal School Needlework team who were commissioned by English Heritage to embroider a set of unusual hangings for Dover Castle in the style of the 12th century.

The culmination of Sophie’s hard work and desire came in 2011, when she was invited to be part of the team to work on Kate Middleton’s much publicised wedding dress.

Sophie is the author of Mastering the Art of Embroidery.

Deborah Greatrex

Deborah GreatrexDeborah Greatrex used to be a corporate librarian but has always dabbled in craft since she was little. Influenced by her mother she sews, knits, crafts, recycles, cooks and gardens (although crochet remains elusive!)

As a busy mum of two and chicken owner she tries to find time to make and create items for friends and family from thrifty finds and intermittently blogs about her love of all types of creativity at www.mostly-making.blogspot.com

Tiffany Gregory

Tiffany GregoryTiffany can’t remember a time when she wasn’t making ‘stuff’. From an early age she could be found sewing away on her black and gold antique singer, making pencil cases to sell at school.

This creativity has continued throughout her life across so many practices – mosaic, lino printing, sewing, photography to name a few.

She took a Foundation in Art and Desin as a mature student quickly followed by a Degree in Fine Art at University for the Arts London.

Her love of colour can be seen in everything she creates, from vivid mosaics to multi-coloured bags. Her aim in life is to try to be creative each day, even if it’s only for 5 minutes.

For private commissions please contact tiffanygregory@btinternet.com

Judith Needham

Judith is a basket maker and willow weaver best known for her enchanting woven willow dens and playhouses.

Based in Farnham, Judith teaches basket making across Hampshire and Surrey. Her classes are very popular so book early.

Oorla Morgan

After qualifying as a teacher with a visual studies degree from Oxford Brookes University in 1990, Oorla taught art in primary schools in Oxford and Croydon for 16 years.

She noticed a gap in the market for high quality, reasonably priced wedding stationery and jewellery so developed her own range. Now she runs her own business making sterling silver and semi precious gemstone jewellery.

Her passion for colour and quality materials has enabled her to build a varied collection of beads and charms sourced from all over the world.

Having had many years experience training children and other teachers in art and craft techniques, she is very excited to be teaching for Make Me which combines all her favourite things: making gorgeous jewellery, chatting and eating cake- all in a beautiful environment!!!

Oorla also takes commissions for one off, personal necklaces and bracelets for special occasions including initials, birthstones and zodiac charms.

You can contact Oorla to discuss her work or to commission bespoke pieces by email Oorla@talktalk.net or call her on 07725 009 333.