Meet Gill


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

Hello Gill

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.

Best wishes

Diana Lawson

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.

Take care,

Jill and John Hawley

Hi Gill

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.


Maria Wharton