Meet the Staff

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. There 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 Plossious 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! 


Paulina Rozenberg is a fifth-year student at 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 is currently studying abroad for a year in Paris, which she hopes will give her a better understanding of the Fashion Industry. She hopes to start her own Fashion line when she graduates.


Rachel Stoia is a senior at Newton North High School. She has enjoyed crafting since she was little, but sewing is by far her favorite! She also enjoys other forms of art like ceramics, photography, music and theater. Rachel took her first sewing lessons at Hipstitch when she was in fourth grade and is excited to be a part of the Hipstitch team.




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.






Jess Gullak started sewing at the age of eight, learning the basics from her grandmother before moving on to a sewing machine. When not sewing, she attends college at UMass Boston, studying environmental science. Jess loves spending her free time with friends and her hedgehog!
Maryanne Edwards has been sewing since she was a little girl. She loves making clothes and has sewn almost everything she wears! She is a mother of two boys in college. When not sewing, Maryanne enjoys cooking, reading, skiing with her family and making all kinds of things.