I have owned Cottage Flair for the past 20+ years and my passion for patchwork and quilting keeps growing every day! I love fabric, colour, textiles and girly things, my business and inspiring people to give patchwork a go.
At Cottage Flair, we are continually striving to create fresh ideas, a place that is fun and has a warm friendly atmosphere and helpful service. I have a team of wonderful girls who are very dedicated to Cottage Flair.
I have 9 beautiful grandchildren some of whom I am sure will follow in their granny’s footsteps with sewing! My Pfaff sewing machine is my ‘best friend’ and I also enjoy gardening, knitting, clothes, jewelry, and my home life.
I am married with three children and grandmother to four.
I have sewn for as long as I can remember with learning to sew on my nana’s sewing machine and making dolls clothes.
In later years I moved on to dressmaking for myself and others. Since Cottage Flair was born I have made many different crafts and over the last eight years have done lots of quilt making which has been very rewarding.
Having only dabbled in patchwork many years ago I was reintroduced to the craft in 2008 when I was asked to join a quilting group who met on Thursday evenings at Cottage Flair.
I love bright bold textiles and vintage fabrics and I have a passion for reclaiming and up-cycling fabrics. As well as enjoying a renewed interest in patchwork in 2009 I also started working part-time at Cottage Flair bringing my skills of financial and office administration to the team.
25 years ago I bought a sewing machine and thought how hard could it be?
This began a journey that started with dressmaking for myself and my children, making and costuming porcelain dolls, entering and placing 2nd and 3rd in the colour and creations awards Rotorua, making cloth dolls and many other projects.
Five years ago I decided to try my hand at quilting and discovered a new passion that led to part-time employment with Cottage Flair.
A mum to 3 children and nani to 5 grandchildren I have been patchwork and quilting for over 25 years.
I specialise in designing original patterns, tutoring fibre art and I am a professional machine quilter. All my quilting is free-hand and customised for each of my clients.
After spending my life in the Manawatu I made the move to Rotorua in January 2019. I am kept busy working part-time at Cottage Flair, doing quilting commissions, designing, tutoring and I love to roar around the countryside on my Harley Davidson in my spare time.