Creative Workshops and Courses, Harwich, Essex

Gillian Travis – Photo to Stitch

£160.00 | 18th June - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Spaces available: 9

Two Day Course Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June


Gillian has made a series of quilts with holiday photos as inspiration. On this course we will turn your favourite holiday picture into stitched and quilted wall hangings.

We will start by choosing an appropriate image, learn how to enlarge the image and how to print and trace it with the help of iPads and printers. This is then transferred to fabric and stitched using a dark colour, we will then practice and gain confidence in free machining with all tuition given. Learn how to use various mixed media to colour fabric; choosing the most suitable brushes etc.

Add appliqué if required and end by looking at the binding and edging.

Includes homemade lunch and refreshments both days

About the tutor

At school I always wanted to study textiles, I was a bright, creative active pupil I spent many hours drawing, designing and making clothes using my favourite Laura Ashley fabrics. I loved the outdoor life and was encouraged to study Landscape Design. It was a very creative course and I learnt how to design. I continue to learn more. The world of work as a landscape Architect seemed to be all about drainage and finance.

I joined the Embroiderers Guild and enrolled on a City and Guilds Embroidery course.

I began teaching and gained a PGCE. Looking back, it was hard, but I had found a career that I loved. I taught at Huddersfield Technical College for many years until all funding for City and Guilds classes were withdrawn and in 2006 I was made redundant.

I started running classes from my studio at home and realized that I needed to make quilts for exhibition (not just teaching samples) and started entering my work in exhibitions and competitions. To my surprise, I won a few prizes and my work was accepted into juried exhibitions.

In 2007 I joined the Contemporary Quilt Group and started to make Journal Quilts. I have been making one a month since then and currently have at least 120.

I receive invitations to exhibit my quilts all over the world and have exhibited and taught in France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Czech Republic, Canada and South Africa.

What you will need to bring.

Sewing machine (or borrow one of ours by prior arrangement)

Free motion embroider foot

Scissors and sewing kit


Photos you would like to use

iPad (If you have one)

Fabric paints (if you have them)

Intense pencils or crayons (if you have them)

Scraps of fabric (If you have them)

All media will be available to buy or borrow on the day.

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