Botanical Textiles Workshop

A bundle of vintage fabrics


Learn to create a unique textile collage using hand stitch and incorporating paper and found objects. You will be given a little bundle of natural, hand dyed fabrics with which to build your own unique textile collage.

The challenges of composition and colour will be discussed and all instructions will be given on layering using simple stitches and simple, applique techniques.

There will be plenty of inspiration from Jill’s own work as she guides you in finding your own creative story.

A bit more detail

Join us for our Botanical Textile Collage workshop, where you will learn the skills to create your own beautiful collage. No experience is necessary.

We allow plenty of time for our students to create their work and provide all the materials you will need. We will take good care of you during your time with us and we will be serving seasonal treats and refreshments as well as a delicious lunch.

About the tutor

Jill originally trained as a weaver in the 1980’s and worked as both a maker and teacher in schools and colleges before returning to education in 2005. Graduating with a first class degree in Contemporary Craft she went on to sell her artworks throughout the UK. In recent years, Jill has taken a research approach, bringing together her fascination with museological collections with handmade objects and in 2020 was awarded a distinction in Fine Art through the Masters programme at the University of Chester.

Jill makes small-scale assemblages using personal memorabilia and materials found in nature. She’s interested in expressing quiet moments of memory and touch in the simple materiality and placement of objects. Her artworks present a poetic narrative that embodies her experience of being in the landscape and tacit knowledge as a maker.

She works intuitively, handling materials with a slow repetitive rhythm, taking time to notice associations, whether physical or social that manifest through simple acts of stitching, threading and placing.

As a life-long learner herself, Jill values the act of sharing, passing on her skills and working alongside others making and being creative.

Jill has been a member of the international exhibiting group, Prism textiles since 2019.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Timetable of the day

09:30 A warm welcome to @:Toolerstone with coffee & pastries
10:00 Introduction to the skills & techniques used
10:30 Time to wander the gardens and start creating your collage
11:15 Coffee will be served
11:45 Continue with the workshop and work at your own pace
13:30. Delicious homemade, organic lunch in the refectory
14:30 Putting the finishing touches to your work
16:30. Workshop ends but, your love of art and the outdoors will continue.

What is included?

All drinks, refreshments and a delicious lunch are included in your day.
An apron will be provided for you for the duration of the workshop if required.
All materials you need will be provided.
Free onsite car parking.
What do I need to bring?
If you have the following, you may like to bring:

Your own sewing tools
favourite embroidery threads
Odd scraps of papers and ephemera, buttons, charms etc.


Camilla & Eleanor at @:Toolerstone


Norley Road, Sandiway

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (9:00am to 4:30pm)

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I attended this workshop in July and the venue is fabulous, beautiful gardens & staff are so welcoming. Loved the fabrics & relaxing atmosphere. Food was delicious and I would definitely recommend. Jill the tutor was really helpful and full of handy hints.

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