MEET THE TEAM

Tilly Walnes
Tilly Walnes - Director
Tilly founded the company and now oversees strategy and creative direction. She also writes and presents instructions for our patterns, workshops and blog. She is the author of the award-winning and bestselling book for beginner dressmakers, Love at First Stitch, appeared on the first series of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee, writes a regular column for Simply Sewing magazine, and was recently named 'Favourite Sewing Personality' in the British Sewing Awards. Tilly has been writing about sewing for over seven years, and has more than a decade's experience of designing courses and learning resources. She has given talks for the likes of the Fashion & Textile Museum, CHSI Stitches, Folksy, Enterprise Nation and the Clore Leadership Programme. 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 Breton stripes!

Vanessa Allen

Vanessa Allen - Sewing Pattern Developer
Vanessa drafts our patterns, sews and fits samples and handles technical formatting. She also answers sewing questions about our patterns and workshops. After an architecture degree, Vanessa turned her design and technical talents to a postgraduate certificate in Creative Pattern Cutting and Tailoring at the London College of Fashion, after which she went on to work as a bespoke dressmaker and alterations seamstress. She has a seriously cute handmade wardrobe!

 


Lexy Smith

Lexy Smith - Office Manager
Lexy looks after the day-to-day running of the office, from sending out shop orders to setting up our workshops, as well as lots of behind-the-scenes admin. Lexy has worked in operations for nearly a decade, most recently for the NHS, and has a love for the indie craft scene. Don't tell her cat, but her dream is to get a pug!

 

 

Joanne Griffin

Joanne Griffin - Sales and Communications Manager
Joanne joined us after working at notonthehighstreet.com for seven years, where she identified trends and new product opportunities. Her focus is on looking after our online shop and wholesale clients, and sharing our news through our marketing channels. She has a degree in surface pattern design, and loves creating gorgeous patterned fabrics in her spare time!

 

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