Tilly Walnes - Director (on maternity leave)
Tilly runs the company, overseeing strategy and creative direction. She is the author of three sewing books, Love at First Stitch, Stretch! and Make It Simple, and writes and presents instructions for our patterns, workshops and blog. Tilly has been named 'Most Inspirational Sewing Personality' in the British Sewing Awards and appeared on the first series of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee in 2013. Tilly has been writing about sewing since 2010 and has 14 years’ experience of designing courses and learning resources. She is a Clore Fellow, and previously worked for the Independent Cinema Office, British Film Institute and V&A. Oh and she’s addicted to stripes!
Louise Carmichael – Sales and Communications Manager
Louise joined us after working as a branch merchandiser in fashion retail. Her focus is managing our online shop/website, working with wholesale clients, sharing our news through our marketing channels and to the press, as well as creating content for our blog and newsletter. She loves spending time in her sewing corner when her lovely ragdoll cat Maisie isn't demanding her lap! She also runs a sewing Instagram account and blog with her sewing pair, Jenny.
Nikki Hoar – Product Manager
Nikki joined us after working in legal publishing for 9 years in editorial and project coordination roles. Her day-to-day is spent coordinating the production of our sewing patterns, books and online workshops. In her spare time, she loves working on her sewing blog, Hello Yellow Club, and can often be found taking photographs of her makes in front of brightly coloured walls!
Kate Hughes – Office Manager
Kate became a member of the team after previously working at Sipsmith Gin and the Green Party, where she honed her office management, HR and finance skills. She manages our London studio, looks after our lovely customers, organises our shows and does lots of other things behind the scenes to keep the team happy and the company running smoothly. And when she's not doing that, Kate is at home sewing a Nora or two or eight! in-between playing with her pet Chihuahuas Poppy and Teddy.
Frances Buddery – Office and Wholesale Assistant
Frances joined the team after interning at Tilly Towers, having mostly worked in admin and PA roles before that. As our Office Assistant, she packs and ships all of our lovely customers' orders, keeps the studio looking spick and span and is there to lend a helping hand to the rest of Team Buttons. In her spare time, she will normally be sewing all of the mustard or rust coloured things. Failing that, you'll find her on her prized, teal velvet sofa with an embroidery hoop or a pair of knitting needles in hand.
Abi Dyson – Social Media Producer
Abi is your go-to Button across all our social media platforms, along with creating content for our YouTube channel and blog. Abi joined us after managing social media for her own small businesses and popular sewing blog. When she's not on Instagram, you'll find her hoarding floral viscose fabrics, rearranging her pegboard and knitting up a storm.