About

I am a textile artist based in Hove, East Sussex.

I teach patchwork, quilting, embroidery, origami and other paper/fibre techniques. I have been teaching privately and publicly for over 30 years having trained as a weave/knitter at Winchester School of Art  (1982-5) and City & Guild Embroidery at East Berkshire College in Windsor in the 1990’s, though much of my skills are self taught as a practising artist doing commissions, exhibition work and artist in residencies.

My own work is very eclectic in style and influence , you can read more about it on my blog faithfullfibres http://faithfullfibres.wordpress.com

Adult Education – I have resumed teaching in  at PACA – Portslade Academy PACA Adult Education at Foredown Tower, which is a lovely quiet location on the edge of the Sussex Downs

Regular classes include:

Patchwork and Quilting for Beginners – 10 week series

Sampling the Quilt‘ (Part 1) whole piece quilt – covering the basic skills needed to make a small lap or cot quilt

or (Part 2) – learning more basic techniques and Quilt as You Go Blocks

Understanding your Sewing Machine – a day class covering all the things you need to know and be able to find on your sewing machine, using stitches, threads, tension and free machine basics

One off – e.g. Cushions In A Day, others TBC

Private Classes – I hope to resume my home classes when my new house’s studio is functional and will expand this page when I’m able to offer specialist classes again. I have taught many series including:

Sampling the Quilt‘ 10 week beginners classes covering all the basics of making a small lap quilt

A Trip Around The World‘ – a huge range of patchwork  quilting and appliqué techniques from around the world

A-Z of Quilting’ – 26 different techniques one for each letter of the alphabet

A-Z of Quilting & Embroidery‘ – 52 sessions covering hundreds of embroidery stitches and 26 quilting techniques

Fibonacci A-Z‘- 26 traditional blocks put into a Fibonacci grid

Folding Frenzy‘ – there are couple of years worth of techniques, both traditional and my own invention which are broken down into termly blocks based on a similar starting point

Private Groups –  I have hundreds of quilting techniques, plus origami in fabric and paper and many other craft skills, so have taught my own techniques or traditional blocks in many different settings here and abroad. Some themes included below, but a full list will be added to the site ASAP. Classes can be developed to suit your group requirements:

Sea Breezes‘ – ragged embroideries inspired by waves and water effects

Kente cloth‘ – & other Ghanaian inspired techniques in patchwork and embroidery skills

Fabric Origami Windmills & Pinwheels‘ – many options I have developed, most create interesting holey structures when joined together

Public shows and Exhibitions – I regularly teach and demonstrate at:

Upper Street Events – Festival of Quilts and some Knitting and Stitching shows

ICHF (International Craft & Hobby Fairs) –  Excel in London, Event City, Manchester www.ichfevents.co.uk

Independent shows – West Country Quilt Show, Bristol (2014 & 15)

A full list of where I have demonstrated will be on my CV at a later date. At of January 2015 I am booked to do Festival of Quilts and on reserve for the ICHF shows this year.

 

 

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