Sunday, 26 August 2018

Teaching workshops .



I have been really fortunate, recently, to have been asked to teach workshops by many different organisations. This is continuing into 2019 as well. 

In the past I have delivered teaching at The Contemporary Craft Fair, at various branches of The Embroiderers Guild, Royal Horticulture Society, West Country Embroiderers and in smaller venues such as the quirky Magpies Nest in Bideford and Make at Monteray near Exeter. 

I was a teacher at Primary level for over 17 years, so the transition to adults was not too difficult. It is so rewarding to see attendees enthused and enjoying a class. Just as in teaching children, I always thought it was a successful lesson  if I could stand back and observe the learning or the doing. 


'I even ordered some bondaweb today! I have some ideas for some small evening projects. I learnt so much from you, it's lovely to have that buzz of inspiration' 

A quote from a recent workshop. 
The teaching space at RHS Rosemoor
View from the window.


My most recent workshop was at RHS Rosemoor in their purpose built education building. What a beautiful space, so much light and room to move about. The view was spectacular too, from glass doors running the full length of the studio you had a lovely patio filled with raised beds containing vegetables and beyond a forest of pines. I even had a visit from a Painted Lady butterfly. 
Inspiration everywhere


With my courses I like to provide an idea, teach techniques and then let the students experiment. I love it when at the end of the day you have individual results which express personality, rather than 6 or 8 replicas of my work. 

I'm really lucky to have people who return to my classes and those who send me pictures of their latest work. 


I have a couple of exciting new opportunities coming up, my first ever 3D butterfly workshop at the aforementioned Make at Monterey and in 2019 I'm teaching two courses at the fabulous Unit Twelve in Staffordshire. 

All the latest dates are on the workshop page of my website or sign up to my newsletter to receive notification of up and coming events. 

So if you are a hand or machine embroiderer it would be lovely to see you for an inspiring stitchy day. 

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