Meet Gill


I think I was born  to craft!

After retiring from the Civil Service 20 years ago I achieved my goal of being a crafts teacher, and what a journey it has been.

The first venue I taught in was the  beautiful Newbattle Abbey College near Edinburgh. I taught Christmas crafts in the Chinese room – such a luxurious start. These were the days when you couldn’t learn crafts from magazines or Youtube.  We had to make most of the components ourselves.

Since then I have taught in a variety of places including the Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh, The Royal Overseas Club, the English Speaking Union, various Church halls, a campsite in Portugal and a beach in Jamaica.

I have also taught, as part of enrichment programmes on cruise ships, for Cunard, Saga, Fred Olsen and Cruise & Maritime.

My classes have been featured on TV & radio and I particularly loved the warm welcome I received from the presenters on BBC’s The Beechgrove Garden.