Our Tutors

Owen Davies

Owen graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 1994. He became the first and only man to complete the Apprenticeship since 1872. Upon graduating he was invited to work in the workrooms at Hampton Court Palace where he stayed working on commissions and teaching for the School. During this time he created the embroidered knot garden classes which were inspired by the surroundings of Hampton Court. In 2003 he was commissioned by the BBC to teach Hilary Kay how to embroider on the William Morris Brilliantly British series. He went on to teach traditional hand embroidery around the country and launched the international best seller Embroidered Knot book with co-author Gill Holdsworth in 2006. The book was well received in the USA where he was invited to give lectures and teach. Owen continues to work in the UK specialising in traditional hand embroidery.


Michele Hill

Michele lives in South Australia with her husband and two adult daughters. She began her quilting journey in 1986 and has been addicted ever since. An award winning quilter, she started designing her own quilts in 1996 with William Morris and architecture being her greatest inspirations. Michele teaches throughout Australia and is passionate about encouraging her students and fellow quilters to create original designs – we are very fortunate to have Michele joining us on the William Morris tours during 2012 and 2013. The author of two books – ‘William Morris in Applique’ and ‘More William Morris in Applique’ Michele has a huge international following for her work and her delightful personality.

Katrina Hadjimichael

Katrina has been quilting for over 20 years and teaching for almost 13 years.  Katrina lives near Sydney and draws her inspiration from Jane Austen.  Her passion is collecting reproduction fabrics and books on antique quilts.   She will be accompanying all the Jane Austen tours to the UK.



Betsy Bray

Betsy Bray has been a Beatrix Potter Society Member since 1984.  In 2012, she became the first overseas Trustee ever elected to The Beatrix Potter Society. She has spoken at a number of the Society’s International Study Conferences and has given illustrated talks to various groups in the United States, United Kingdom, Africa and Australia.  She has organized many Beatrix Potter Society conferences in North America at venues including the Cotsen Children's Library at Princeton University, Lillian Smith Library in Toronto, the Houghton Library at Harvard University, The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City, and the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Betsy lectured about Beatrix Potter on a transatlantic crossing of the Queen Mary 2. She also taught a Beatrix Potter course for Beacon Hill Seminars, a lifelong learning program based in Boston. She was instrumental in establishing "Pottering About" The Beatrix Potter Society's e-news and formed the North American Leadership Circle of Members in 2012 for Beatrix Potter Society Members in the United States and Canada. Betsy lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


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