Craft classes at sea

………September already, so time to think about next years cruises.

Seeing as we have had hardly any summer days in Edinburgh, I am looking forward to chasing the sun in 2020.

Although Bill, my husband and I have travelled as passengers, I have also taught arts and crafts for the last ten years, and feel privileged to have taught for Cunard, Saga, Fred Olsen and CMV.

Teaching on a ship is very different than onshore. The logistics include transporting materials and tools to the departure point; this can be anywhere from your local port to one at the other side of the world, occasionally at one days notice!

Planning is done months ahead and precise preparation is imperative – there are no branches of Hobbycraft or Michael’s in the middle of the Atlantic! Luckily, I have never forgotten anything on 25 cruises. Because I teach various crafts the list is extensive and can include crochet hooks, glue, cocktail sticks, written instructions, scissors, paint brushes, paint, needles, wire, beads, baby wipes……the list goes on and on.

I have been looking at photos of previous cruise projects for inspiration

Wire crochet necklace with silk ribbon and Swarovski pearls
Silk ribbon rose – for brooch, bag or hat
Swarovski briolette pendant

Crochet mini frames

Dorset buttons

Designer gift wrapping

Chalcedony earrings

Decorative painting for beginners

Shuttle tatting for beginners


Silk ribbon embroidery


Canal boat painting

Hoop embroidery

Wool tartan brooch for Burns night

Destination themed Valentine’s Day card

Twenty dollar origami shirt card

Made with a sheet of A4 paper

A4 paper bag

Gift wrapping

Oriental painting

Pin cushions

Must go…..lots to do preparing new projects.

If you are reading this and work for a cruise company please contact me. I can design unique projects to suit your budget and destinations.

……and if you are going on a cruise I hope to see you onboard. Please send me an email and I can let you know which cruises I will be on

Gill xx

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