I think I was born to craft…….well maybe to craft and cruise. This photo was taken on Navigator of the seas. My husband says I look as if I am going to burst into song!
After retiring from the Civil Service over 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, and 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 on a beach in Jamaica.
I currently teach, as part of enrichment programmes on cruise ships, and have been privileged to be a guest tutor 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.
Hi, I want to wish Gill all the best for her venture. Gill is a lovely patient lady. When she takes a class she gives great clear instructions. I met Gill on various cruises and her classes were the most popular on the ships. I hope she won’t mind me referring to her as a friend, as that is how she makes you feel. I am sure everyone would enjoy her various classes. Good luck Gill. JAN GANNON
Any time you can spend with Gill is well-spent. She generously shares her skills but also encourages the novice. She is one of the most creative women I have ever met.
Kimberley Fuller Burdick Dylewicz
I really enjoyed meeting you and trying out so many new crafts. My poppy has been getting a number of positive comments.
My intention is to use my new skills for Christmas ideas.
Perhaps we’ll see you again on another cruise.
Hi Gill and Bill – hope you got home safely and quickly. We were home by 3.30 in spite of the delayed start.
You said you had a craft group photo for Jill here in North Wales which you would send once you had an email address. She thoroughly enjoyed the various classes – maybe our paths will cross again on another Saga cruise.
Jill and John Hawley
I have just returned from the black watch cruise where you did demo on the sun catcher . Unfortunately I seem to have lost my sun catcher I may have left it on the ship. I was wondering if you would be kind enough to to send me instructions and where to buy beads, so I can make another.
I did enjoy your craft meetings very much.