Please note, I am unable to take any new talk or workshop bookings at present, due to family issues (my 87 year old mum had a fall before Christmas and she is only just about to return home from physio rehab). Any bookings already made for the next few months should be OK, but if there any any problems I will contact you. I can be contacted by email at any time.
If you are looking for my sashiko courses, these are listed on my Events page.
Talks and Workshops
Time & Time Again – workshop version of my popular pattern
Super Strips Quilt Centre – for strip cuts/Jelly Rolls - great for Jelly Rolls or scraps!
The Rice Sack Bag Revisited – new version!
Spinning Squares– for layer cake cuts.
Japanese Circles and Squares–explore colour & easy appliqué circles, fat quarter friendly
Sashiko & Japanese sewing -
Japanese boro tote bag - start a boro tote bag using a 'boro' style raw edge applique technique.
Japanese art quilt boromono - a machine sewn boro style improvisational patchwork, as big as you like!
Sashiko for Summer – four panels with different designs.
Sashiko Furoshiki– traditional gift wrapping cloth with sashiko stitching.
Introduction to Shonai Sashiko– master the basics of hitomezashi (one stitch sashiko).
Sashiko Kinchaku Bag – drawstring bag – learn how to mark and stitch sashiko.
I have made two photo albums for my various workshops - one for sashiko and one for patchwork and bags - click the links in red to view the albums. You don't need to buy a print copy of the albums to be able to view them (although you can if you want to!) - I created them so I'd have photobooks for my workshops that I can show people easily. Click the 'full screen' button at the bottom right of the pages to see the books on a large scale and select 'slow' for the best speed. You can pause the slideshows and flip back and forth on the pages with the arrows on either side. I've included lots of photos of my workshop samples, pieces made in the workshops and class photos, along with information about what you'll achieve in each class. Enjoy!
There are some workshops from my 'Japanese Quilt Inspirations' book listed on my blog - click here to see the projects. These are all available at the same workshop rates as those above.
My workshop fees for all new bookings will be - £250 per day for a maximum of 14 students. For more than 14, please add £16 per person up to a maximum of 16 for sashiko and 20 for patchwork workshops. A £50 non refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking.
If a workshop is cancelled within six weeks of the proposed date, the remaining minimum workshop fee (i.e. £200) is payable. The deposit and cancellation policy are because I often try to group workshops bookings back to back with other quilt groups or shops whenever possible, so mileage costs can be split, and having a cancellation in the middle of one of these workshop/talks tours will leave me with accommodation costs and possibly unpaid mileage if I am to fulfil my other bookings. The balance of workshop fees and my mileage are payable at the end of the workshop, by cheque or cash. Shops - please note, invoices must be paid within a week of the workshop, preferably the next day. I'm not a big business that can offer 30 days's credit, and I will have already had some outlay in traveling to you and providing worksheets etc. for the class.
NEW! Samplers and Settings - how I learned to love sampler quilts and the many ways to set blocks. Featuring many sampler quilts from my books and magazine projects, and the stories behind them.
NEW! Confessions of a UFO Spotter - I've had more than a few UFOs, just like most quilters! See what's in my unfinished projects pile, along with works in progress and those I've finished, with many tales along the way. Why not bring along some of yours and we'll see what ideas we can come up with?
¨ My Japanese Quilting Inspirations
¨ Sashiko & Japanese Country Textiles
¨ Travels with a Bag Lady
¨ From Paint to Stitch – my art & quilts
All my talks feature the real thing - lots of quilts, bags or kimono as appropriate. I don't use slides.
Talks are £130, with deposit and cancellation terms as above. If booked with a workshop, only one deposit is required.
Due to recent increase in car insurance due to the tax hike, mileage costs will be 45p per mile. Please note, my mileage rate it NOT negotiable. It has to cover the costs of running a vehicle appropriate to my work needs and cannot be compared to lower rates your organisation may pay to employees or volunteers for the relatively occasional local use of their private vehicles. Any attempt to alter mileage rates after they have been agreed will be considered a breach of contract and I may be forced to cancel the booking.
Any congestion charges, road/bridge/tunnel tolls or ferry fares will also be recharged at the actual rate paid.
Booking secretaries - please contact me by phone or e mail a week or two before the talk or workshop, just to check details and help me with any last minute arrangements. Thanks very much!