I am currently concentrating on doing a talk about my book “Journeys in Stitch”

My talk includes a slide show of all the drawings and designs featured in my book, photographs of places that have inspired my book and all the quilts.


I have been teaching since 1995 and have taught almost every embroidery and patchwork technique. I specialise in design, felt, print, paint and machine embroidery. I have developed many quick and easy ways of some common techniques eg felt making, applique. I love teaching design skills and how to make the most of your sewing machine.

Felt Flowers

In 2009 I won a first prize in the Quilt Creation category at the Festival of Quilts with my vase of felt flowers.In this workshop we will make fabric flowers. All of my flowers are wired and made using a sewing machine, although this is not essential.

Appliquéd Houses

My piece “Pennine Contrasts” was displayed in the “Made in Yorkshire” exhibition at the Quilt Museum. I have used this technique to make my Istanbul pieces.

We will learn make a design from your own photographs. You may like to make a small hanging of your own house, or somewhere you have been.

We will learn new ways of appliqué. It could also include some printing techniques and machine embroidery

Italian Houses

My quilt “Washday Blues” won an Award of merit at the Open European Quilting Championship in Holland in 2011. Use my design to make a Burano House that includes all the washing etc.

Learn quick and easy ways of appliqué using Heat n Bond.

It will also include some machine embroidery skills

Moroccan Slippers

In 2008 I won a prize at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham for my Moroccan slippers. In this workshop we will make a “slipper” that could be used as a pin cushion and scissor case.

Teasels, Cow parsley and Seed heads

In this workshop we will learn how to paint and print backgrounds, taking common wild plants as a starting point.

We will screen print teasels, cow parsley and seed heads and finish off by adding some newsprint applique.

Brown Paper Still Life

Using a still life as a starting point we will learn some drawing skills and experiment with a range of art materials e.g. oil pastels, sticks, inks and paint.

Working on brown paper we will add stencil and block print.

Machine embroidery can be added

Appliquéd Gardens

Using the 1950’s style of artwork/graphics we will make an appliquéd panel similar to the one shown.

We will print the background, learn new appliqué techniques and machine embroidery skills


I have several more workshops. Please contact me for more information


8 thoughts on “Workshops

  1. Hi,
    Love your book.
    Have you more workshops you are teaching? I am not near Halifax but could come up for a few days, having family in Manchester and York. Or if there wa space on a residential corse that I could fill?
    All the best,

    • Hi
      Sorry for the delay in replying. Computer stolen but now alsmost back in action
      I teach from my studio but am doing a few workshops in various places but not much of one off courses except a residential in the lake District which is full and various others eg in france in april
      Keep looking or keep sending me emails!

    • Hi
      I havent any short workshops coming up – I tend to do lots from my studio at home to students who come weekly.
      I have a residential in France in april!
      Keep looking at my website – something might come up!

    • Hello Jackie
      I am doing a couple of 3 hour workshops at the Pour l’amour of the thread show and then I am doing a week in Burgundy at the really big dream company. There is a website and it sounds lovely – a bit like a creative holiday. I am sure if you were interested you could ring Janice.

  2. Dear Gillian

    The Quiltmania magazine has asked me to be your translator for your workshops at the L’Amour du Fil Expo in Nantes next April. Would you be so kind as to contact me at the Email above, as I would like to discuss “technical” aspects of translations with you. This space isn’t the right place for such a conversation, so could you write me at my address? Then, I will reply. Or if you like, my tel no. is 33 385 48 04 19. Also, I live only an hour away-in Chalon sur Saône- from your week at the Really Big Dream Company. My “artistic” medium is Patchwork quilting by machine.

    I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Valeria Wolff

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