Meet the Staff

Nicola, 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 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 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 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. Her little family and home-away-from-home have kept her sewing skills adept and the creativity flowing.

 

Sam has been sewing since she was ten years old. She attended Rhode Island College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Costume Design. In her spare time, costume-making and designing small projects are her passions and favorite hobbies. Sam creates full costumes for herself and friends active in the Cosplay community. 

 

Kristyn was a student at Hipstitch in her younger years, and her love of sewing developed over the years. She is now in her first year at Boston College, and when she's not sewing, Krystin loves watching Audrey Hepburn movies, swimming and baking. Kristyn's sister, Rachel, is also a Hipstitch employee, and she loves being able to sew alongside her sister.

  

Rachel 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 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.

  

Maggie is a sophomore at Newton North High School. She has been attending, and then working, at Hipstitch for more than 8 years. Maggie loves working with Hipstitch students and helping them sew projects they're proud of. She also loves sewing, painting, and crafting. 

 

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