Who We Are
Hazel is a specialist embroiderer and textile conservator who trained at the Royal School of Needlework and undertakes all manner of traditional hand embroidery techniques in a style that is heavily influenced by historical sources. Hazel particularly enjoys canvas work, goldwork, free-style embroidery, box making (as well as other 3D objects) and silk shading.
After completing a BSc in Archaeology and then the RSN apprenticeship (with distinction), she achieved the V&A / Royal College of Art MA in the Conservation of Tapestries and Textiles in Historic Interiors. This was in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces (based at Hampton Court Palace). She was also a familiar face in the Creative Quilting shop in Molesey.
After completing her MA, Hazel worked at the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio in Norfolk as well as continuing to teach for the School and undertake embroidery commissions. She spent a couple of years teaching and developing her own kits in Queensland, Australia, becoming involved with the Queensland Embroiderer’s Guild, but now works as a Specialist Embroiderer and Textile Conservator back in the UK.
Hazel originated from the People’s Republic of Yorkshire but is now based in East Sussex. She particularly enjoys projects which merge her conservation training with her own embroidery work, allowing her to choose materials and methods both traditional and modern, whichever are most appropriate for the longevity of a particular piece.
Steve is a certified ICB Bookkeeper (MICB) and proofreader but has a diverse background, spanning the academic, scientific and artistic worlds. He was a Chartered Geologist for 20 years but has also worked as an accounts manager, writer, published poet and music reviewer. He carries out the day-to-day administration of Catkin Crown Textile Studio. Whilst he has always maintained an interest in archaeology and history, he is a newbie to the crafting world and is looking forward to helping Hazel develop new kit designs and other exciting new products to expand the Catkin Crown range.
The Furry Fruitcake is the company mascot and a source of inspiration, always doing her best to keep us on our toes (usually by getting under our feet...or getting on our laps...or laptops). She has also undertaken ad hoc modelling work, which seems to have gone to her head, to be honest...