General Information

As a stitched textile artist specialising in patchwork and quilting - I offer workshops and talks to textile, quilting and embroidery groups around the UK, Europe and elsewhere.

I have been teaching since 1988, including City and Guilds qualifications.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss tailor made workshops, a masterclass or extended courses/summer schools running for 5 days or more.

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Bookings and information

Please email: Janice Gunner

Janice Gunner teaching 'squashed frogs' via interpreter in Japan

Inspired by Japan

I offer seven exciting workshops inspired by my trips to Japan and my many years of experience with Shibori dyeing and Sashiko stitching.

NEW workshop!

After Boro

Boro is the Japanese word for rags! These much sought after recycled garments and bed covers were repaired and reused out of necessity.

Spend a day learning all about these unintended works of art. Taking inspiration from my real Japanese Boro and new pieces that I've made in this style, you'll make a small piece of your own using new or recycled cotton fabrics with simple piecing methods and relaxing Sashiko style hand stitching.

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Sashiko Japanese Quilting

The gentle art of Japanese quilting has fascinated me for many years. I learnt the technique from my friend Rosemary Muntus in 1988. In 1991 I was awarded two first prizes at The Great British Quilt Festival for a piece I made called Kamon 1.

This is a one day workshop where I will introduce you to the delights of this technique. I have designed two patterns for you to choose from, one of which is the sample shown here. I will discuss designs, demonstrate marking, hand stitching techniques and finishing techniques.

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Shibori Dyeing with Indigo

This really is my most popular workshop! Shibori dyeing refers to a variety of resist techniques to produce amazing patterns or textures on fabric.

Shibori refers to a variety of resist dyeing techniques to produce amazing patterns or textures on fabric. A one day workshop will give you a taster of preparing and dyeing three different techniques including stitched, tied and wrapped techniques. Two days will give you an in depth day of preparation including the above techniques plus many more before dyeing on the second day.

This workshop is also available using Procion MX colour dyes instead of indigo.

Note: Using both types of dye together in the same workshop is only an option on courses of 4 days or more.

Also available: my book Shibori for Textile Artists

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Japanese Inspirations

Take a textile journey inspired by Japanese fabrics. Let the fabric speak to you as you design and make a unique wall hanging or quilt under my expert guidance. Play with free form piecing or keep to straight lines and blocks of colour, the choice is yours. Work small scale to produce a series of stunning little works that can be mounted on canvas or framed using my bonded collage technique.

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Atarashii - Japanese Folded and Quilted Patchwork

The Japanese term Atarashii Patchwork translates as 'new patchwork'.

Devised by Japanese quilter Sashiyo Muraki, it was first published in Japanese book of techniques in 1984. It is a deceptively simple technique which makes up into delightful little quilt-as-you-go units that can be turned into a variety of items such as bags, boxes, table mats and wall hangings. This hand stitching workshop will introduce you to the technique and give ideas and inspiration for other projects.

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Sensational Shibori

Less is more. Make a stunning statement piece of work using just one or two shibori techniques.

This workshop is best run over two days, either consecutively or by prior arrangement. On day one we will concentrate on preparing some fantastic fabric using stitched or wrapped resist techniques and dyeing with indigo. Day two will involve piecing and layering the dyed fabric to begin machine quilting. Shibori, dyeing technique, piecing, quilting, appliqué and finishing techniques will all be demonstrated and discussed, including hand and machine stitching.

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Inspired by Indigo

Indigo is such a magical colour. There is no other quite like it! But, once you've dyed your fabrics, how are you going to use them?

On a one day workshop I will give you ideas and inspiration to begin planning or stitching your own indigo work of art. On a two day workshop you will have time to explore and experiment with a variety of techniques to progress towards a finished piece of work. Machine or hand piecing, appliqué, quilting and finishing techniques will all be discussed, demonstrated and worked.

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Exploring contemporary textile techniques

I have been making work using innovative and contemporary patchwork techniques for many years. These workshops will introduce you to some of these and maybe even inspire you to try new ideas of your own.

Liberating Log Cabin I: Log Cabin with Attitude

My most popular patchwork workshop: fun, fast and a only a few rules. A fresh and contemporary way of using an all time favourite patchwork technique!

A one day workshop will set you on the way to learning how to make your own unique version of my famously easy Log Cabin with Attitude blocks. Two days will give you time to make a cushion, a bag, a small wall hanging or get a head start on a larger quilt.

Machine piecing. Workshop includes ideas for making items, quilting and finishing off techniques. Students will work from my book Liberating Log Cabin.

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Liberating Log Cabin II: Curves in the Cabin

My second most popular patchwork workshop: fun, fast and a few more rules. A wonderful wobbly version of a traditional favourite block brought up to date: modern and contemporary and a great talking point.

Using free cut curves and machine piecing, in a one day workshop you will learn this simple but effective technique. Two days will give you time to explore and refine the technique and make a cushion, a bag, a small wall hanging or begin a larger project. Workshop includes ideas for making items, quilting and finishing off techniques. Students will work from my book Liberating Log Cabin.

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NEW workshop!

Strips and Sets

I have used this technique in my work very successfully to use up precious strips of silk, hand-dyed fabrics or vintage Japanese kimono fabrics. This is a fun workshop with lots of free cutting and designing as you go. Using a combination of strip pieced units and feature fabric blocks or digital images, I will show you how quickly and easily you can turn even the most unlikely fabrics into a unique piece of work. Rotary cutting and machine piecing.

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Positively Personal Piecing

If you are looking for ideas on how to make your own unique patchwork, then this is the workshop to get you started.

This workshop will teach you how to design and make abstract free form pieced blocks to make a lively and individual piece of work. My quilts are inspired by a variety of different sources, plus a bit of artistic licence!

A one day workshop will set you on your way to designing and machine piecing simple geometric style blocks or units. Two days will allow you to explore using free form curved piecing too.

Ideas and design elements will be demonstrated plus some useful variations and appliqué, quilting and finishing techniques will be discussed.

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Triangle Trickery & Secret Squares

AKA Squashed Frogs & Leaded Lights!

Spend a relaxing day learning how to make these deceptively simple manipulated fabric origami patchwork shapes. I devised these back in 1997 and they are still going strong!

After mastering the basics you will move on to working several variations including a cathedral window style that uses a lot less fabric! Ideas for small projects and finishing techniques will also be discussed.

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Poppies on Parade

Who can resist poppies, my favourite flower? This quilt, designed and made in 2012 has had repeated requests to be a workshop. So now it is.

In a departure from my usual style, it is a whole cloth with the poppies applied to the fabric using fabric paint.

A one day workshop will show you how to cut the stencils, apply the poppies on a sample and the actual piece and begin free machine stitching in the details on the sample. Two days allows progression to the main piece of work.

Paint application, free machine embroidery/quilting and finishing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed.

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Fearless Machine Quilting

I have been machine quilting my work for too many years to count and love the effects I can achieve. You too can do it, it just takes practice!

Spend the day with me learning how to overcome your fear of machine quilting. With lots of fun and useful tips you will work through a series of simple creative designs to gain confidence and experience. You will be introduced to using a variety of different threads and you'll show that machine just who the boss really is!

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Fabric of Nature

Fragments of a time or place turned into pictures made of cloth. These little works of art can be real, imagined or a combination of the two.

In a one day workshop I will show you how to take inspiration from a landscape, seascape or similar to make your own unique reminder in fabric. Using machine or hand appliqué and free machine embroidery for this A4 journal size piece, I will demonstrate taking design ideas forward and the stitching techniques required plus discussion about framing or mounting the finished work.

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To Boldly Go! Or: African Odyssey

Well for a start, it's not a trip on the Star Ship Enterprise!

Have you ever wondered what to do with all those big, bold prints that you just couldn't resist adding to your stash? The ones that just sat there calling 'buy me, buy me?'

I know because I got caught out like that too! Well this is just the workshop for you.

In one day I will show you what to do with them. Under my expert eye I will guide you in how to use them effectively using a variety of techniques including free form piecing, fussy cutting, appliqué and more. In a two day workshop you could explore further design elements, start quilting, embellishing and finishing if you dare!

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Workshop Information

Class Size

  • Patchwork and Quilting Workshops - 15 students
  • Dyeing Workshops - 12 students
  • Any participation above these numbers @ £10 per person. Please contact me in advance before increasing student numbers.

Two Day Workshop Format

Day One is devoted to design, and possibly some piecing if you work quickly. Day Two will concentrate on assembly and related techniques. However, many of these workshops can be taken in one day. As students may not complete all of the elements in that time, I will provide guidance so that work can be completed at home.

 

Workshop Fees

  • UK - £280 per day. Mileage at 45p per mile plus overnight accommodation as necessary.
  • International - £280 per day (minimum). Mileage at 45p per mile. Plus air/ferry/train and accommodation as necessary.

All bookings are subject to a £75 charge if cancelled less than 25 days before the arranged date.