Meet The 2020 Stitch Festival Ambassadors

The Stitch Festival is all about bringing together textile enthusiasts from all over the world and this year’s show ambassadors reflected that. Our ambassadors are the very best in their field spanning a wide range of textile disciplines including crochet, dressmaking, cross-stitch and textile art, but their common denemoenator is that they are all very, very passionate about creativity.

Meet the Stitch Festival 2020 Ambassadors

Tilly Walnes

Tilly Walnes is the founder of dressmaking blog and store Tilly and The Buttons. Tilly made a name for herself in the sewing world back in 2010 when she started blogging about her sewing escapades. Since then, Tilly and her growing team have been developing patterns, books, and tutorials with the aim of demystifying dressmaking for the new wave maker. They have won ‘Independent Sewing Pattern House’ and ‘Sewing Designer of the Year’ 2018, and Tilly has been featured in The Guardian and The New York Times. Tilly was a contestant on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee and has one of the most popular Instagram accounts for dressmakers in the UK.

Tilly will be launching a brand new book at The Stitch Festival.

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Kate Underdown and Rachel Walker

Kate and Rachel are co-founders of The Fold Line, an online sewing community and sewing pattern shop. Championing independent pattern designers, they are the one stop shop for all your dressmaking pattern needs. Founded in 2015 they are the home for people who love sewing and making their own clothes. You can expect to find lots of inspiration for your next make and catch up on all the latest sewing news on their sewing blog and vlog. They also have an extensive sewing pattern database where you can use a pattern finder tool to search over 10,000 patterns plus read lots of sewing pattern reviews from the community.


Christine Leech

Christine Leech is in charge of the Sewyeah Social Club.

Join author, maker and workshop host, Christine Leech and her Sewyeah Social Club at this year’s Stitch Festival. Be inspired by her quirky, colourful and fun crafts. Learn new sustainable and upcycling craft techniques. Take part in a giant embroidery challenge or at the very least learn to make a pompom. With demonstrations, Make & Take workshops and a lot of crafty chat, the Sewyeah Social Club is not to be missed!

The Sewyeah Social Club is dedicated to building a friendly, supportive community for people looking to connect with others on a creative level. For more information visit or instagram @sewyeah

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Olga Prinku

Olga is a floral embroidery artist, working with natural materials on tulle. She created the flowers-on-tulle technique and aesthetic in 2016, after experiments with wreath making. Olga enjoys foraging for wildflowers and foliage on walks around her home in North Yorkshire, and she uses both these and shop-bought dried flowers in her work. 

As our Stitch Festival ambassador Olga will be at the show everyday. Come and meet her and see her breath-taking display.

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Katie Jones

Katie Jones is an inspirational knitwear designer who teams playful aesthetics with serious ethics. Katie’s self named brand was launched by the British Fashion Councils Estethica in 2016. The brand has always focused on sustainable practice embracing Katie’s Granny’s vision of making something beautiful from nothing and consciously addressing issues of over-consumerism. She creates wearable, artisanal collections that are big on colour and texture. But more than just creating beautiful garments, the brand creates playful experiences that encourage and champion social and environmental change.

Katie will be part of the Curated by Mollie Makes area at The Stitch Festival.


Katie Jones. crochet artist

Kerry Lord - TOFT

Kerry Lord, the founder of the successful luxury British Knitting & crochet company TOFT will be one of your Ambassadors at this year’s Stitch Festival. 

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