WORKSHOPS

Now is your chance to reap what you sew on a day's creative workshop with me, in my garden studio in the Staffordshire countryside.

Places on each workshop are limited to four so that I am able to spend as much time with each workshop participant as possible. You will benefit from tailored, small group tuition and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

All workshops take place in my purpose-built studio in the countryside in Whitgreave, just outside of Stafford (a five minute drive from Junction 14 of the M6) and run from 10.00am until 4.00pm.

I have worked in the textile design industry all my life, since graduating from university 30 years ago and have several years' experience of teaching textiles to a wide range of ages. I have City and Guilds qualifications in Interior Design, plus professional teaching qualifications.

I taught Soft Furnishings at Stafford College for many years, and my degree in Textile Design gave me the opportunity to practise and refine a huge range of textile techniques which I am then able to pass on to my workshop participants.

Please read on for more information, or to see the latest workshops available, scroll down to the bottom of the page.



I spend most of the week stitching away in my cosy studio, but I also love to meet like-minded creative people to share my passion for sewing with. I find that teaching provides a way for me to be creative in a different way, and it is so rewarding to help students produce a beautiful range of hand-crafted textile pieces to take home.

If you'd like to have a go at creating your own work of textile art, I run workshops throughout the year on free-motion embroidery, cushion making, lampshade making, bag or purse making and fabric dyeing. I love coming up with ideas for new workshops so that there's always something for everyone!

Beginners and more experienced stitchers alike are welcome! You will learn tips and tricks to improve your sewing as I demonstrate the techniques that you will need. And the best part is you'll have a finished product to take home at the end of the day! 

Workshop Gift Vouchers are also available.



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Here are some lovely comments from previous workshop participants:


"I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, clear instruction and the encouragement from Jo. I felt filled with confidence, and as a result produced something I was surprised I was so pleased with."


"A friendly supportive workshop with an end product to be proud of."


"The free motion embroidery side I had tried before, with some success, but not a lot of confidence. Watching Jo's demonstration was worth more than all the books I have read about the technique!"


"I enjoyed learning different sewing skills that I have never tried before, and which I want to practise again, in particular the 'free sewing' on the lampshades."


"I liked the fact that it was very informal, and it didn't matter that I was a complete beginner. It was a really fun day."



I am often asked if I can put on workshops for groups such as sewing groups and Embroiderers' Guilds, to which the answer is yes, definitely. If you are interested, please contact me at jo@johilltextiles.co.uk for further information and to book.


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