Talks & Workshops for Groups

In addition to classes in her home studio in rural Stirlingshire, Gillian is happy to visit your group too, either to run a workshop or give a talk.

The aim of her workshops is to take the fear out of design and art, challenge participants to try something different and, above all, to give all participants a quality and fun experience.

See below for a list of Gillian’s current workshops and talks. The workshops can be tailored from half a day to five days, depending on the depth you want to go to in the subject.  Workshops can also be grouped together to take the quilt design process from start to finish.  She is happy to teach groups of up to 20; more than this, it is hard to give individual attention to the participants in such a short period.

If you are looking for something not on this list, please do get in touch and we will see what we can arrange.

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How Did I Get Here?

How did an accountant who wasn’t allowed to sit O-level Sewing end up being a textile artist? Be inspired by my story in patchwork and textiles so far.

Grounded Inspiration

What possesses an artist to make a quilt? Where does my inspiration come from and how does that compare to the finished quilt? A look at my working processes from start to finished exhibition on the 37 steps project.

Unsung Muses – the rollercoaster ride

The story of my latest body of work from how I persuaded the Festival of Quilts to show some of my work to the grey hair inducing efforts to get it finished to perfection on time, with several detours along the way.


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New! Print, Paint, Play!

Experiment with 3 different surface design techniques: monoprinting using Gelli Plates; painting using Inktense inks and stencilling with Markal paintstiks. By the end of the day, you will have created a beautiful piece of fabric ready to be stitched into to create a gorgeous and unique work of art.

New! Designing Abstract Quilts

Learn how to be inspired by things around you to create stunning and unique designs for abstract art quilts.  Using a number of different techniques, media and inspiration sources, we will create a variety of different drawings which we will then develop into designs for a quilt.  A rich selection of drawings and ideas will be created.  If there is sufficient time, we will take these ideas into fabric (2 day + version).

New! Free Motion Applique

Create a wall hanging using two types of appliqué.  Having built up an interesting surface on the front using colourful sari strips, we will then work from the back using free machining techniques to appliqué leaves or other shapes to the front, allowing for intricate stitch and design without marking the front of the quilt top. The appliqué designs have all been created by Gillian using thermofax printing, mainly from nature.

New! Fabric Landscape Postcards


Learn how to design a simple mini landscapes using basic principles (no drawing skills required!).  Following your designs, you will transfer your ideas into fabric, using scraps of colourful cloth.  This will be brought to life through hand stitch and beading.  Suitable for a ½ day workshop.

Be Inspired to Quilt


Want to make your own quilts rather than using someone else’s design? Struggling to work out how? Then this workshop is for you. Have fun overcoming your fear, have a laugh with my unusual ideas for creating a design for a quilt. It’s design, but not as you know it and absolutely no drawing skills are required – just a willingness to try.

Design to Quilt

You have your inspiration and your design. How do you turn it into an interesting quilt? This workshop leads you through different ways of interpreting your starting design into a quilt. Lots of different techniques to try and fun to be had.

Scrap Piecing for Art Quilts

Learn one of my favourite techniques, using small pieces of fabric to create a background for your quilt, and using paint to pull them all together. Although I tend to work in muddy brown and red colours, in this workshop we can go as bright as you desire.

Colour onto Cloth

Whilst commercially available fabrics are always tempting and good to use, there is something special about creating your own versions. Depending on the length of this workshop and the facilities available, we will use dye, paint, screen ink and oil sticks to create amazingly coloured cloth for your quilts. It will be so gorgeous you won’t want to cut it up!


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