Meet Our Team
|Nicola Day, the owner and founder of Hipstitch, is the eldest of 14 children. She began sewing her own clothes around age 11. As a young adult, Nicola came to the US from Stoke-on-Trent, England and landed on the island of Nantucket, where she worked in a sewing store and developed a line of purses which she sold in boutiques across the U.S. After settling down in Newton, MA, she has followed her entrepreneurial spirit by opening Hipstitch!|
|Amy Ng is a Pennsylvania native and life-long crafting enthusiast. Her sewing skills were built over the years with help from her mother, self-tutelage (thanks, internet!), and summer work at an alterations shop. She loves working with kids of all ages, has a degree in education, and even spent two years teaching English to elementary-aged children in Beijing. Amy is currently enrolled at the Boston School of Fashion Design, learning new skills to pass on to the Hipstitch students!|
|Kate Ploussios holds a BA in Photography with a minor in Art History and worked in human resources for years. She is an avid crafter, passionate re-creator, and ardent painter. After having her two sons, Kate returned to her artistic roots, teaching and working with children of many ages. Her creative gifts and love for teaching are paramount to everything she does at Hipstitch!|
|Amanda Wagreich is an artist from the Boston area who has shown artist flair since childhood. She joined the Hipstitch Team in 2018 as an assistant teacher, and is now the manager of our Wellesley location. Amanda is a 2020 graduate from Lasell University with a degree in Fashion Design and Production. Her favorite part of creating is seeing an idea come together from start to finish, and she considers fashion to be walking art exhibitions of self-expression. Amanda is the manager of the Wellesley studio.|
|Paulina Rozenberg is a graduate student from Parsons The New School for Design in NYC studying fashion design and photography. She began working at HipStitch her sophomore year of Newton North High School and fell in love. She studied in Paris, later working for an Italian Fashion House.|
|Tanya Kaya has been sewing since she was eight years old. She remembers coming to Hipstitch when she was young and fell in love. In her spare time, she enjoys designing and sewing her own clothes and has aspirations of becoming a fashion designer when she is older. Tanya loves teaching and inspiring young children in the art of sewing.Tanya has just been accepted to Mass Art to study Fashion Design class of 2025.|
|Eva Brazer is a recent graduate of Kenyon College studying biology and environmental studies. She has always had a love for art and she enjoys needle felting, sewing, and photography in her free time. She loves teaching at Hipstitch and is constantly looking for new skills and crafts to teach her students. Eva is the manager of the Brookline studio.|
|Adeline Thibeault is a young artist from the Boston area with a degree in textile design and fiber art. She specializes in screen printing, embroidery techniques, digital surface design and sewing construction. With a passion for sustainable fashion, she strives to create beautiful and environmentally conscious pieces. Addie's goal is to teach and share her methods and skills to empower others to pursue sustainable fashion in their own way.|
Julia Steen has been knitting since she was a teenager, and taught herself to crochet when her sons (now both in their 20’s) were toddlers. A former lawyer, pre-school teacher and organic farm worker, Julia loves to share her passion for fiber arts with people new to the crafts no matter their age! Her favorite things to make are mittens and sweaters. When there are no knitting needles or crochet hooks around, Julia can be found spending time outside with her tripawd rescue dog Molly.
Amelie Raynes has been sewing since she was six years old. After her first time at Hipstitch, she decided that she wanted to be a fashion designer! Sewing and designing clothes has been her passion ever since. She currently attends Newton North High school and makes costumes for the theater department. Amelie looks forward to being in creative spaces such as Hipstitch. She loves getting the opportunity to teach and share her hobby with kids.