Creative Textile Workshops

Promoting Wellbeing and Sustainability

Welcome to Graystone

At Graystone, I run a series of workshops for Sashiko (decorative stitching), Natural Dyeing and Shibori (resist dyeing) to create beautiful, artistic colours and patterns. Inspired by Japanese culture and our own natural dyeing traditions, and with a strong focus on ethical sourcing and sustainability,
my workshops aim to create a sense of wellbeing and reduce stress.

I am a strong believer in the power of ‘creating’ and ‘making’ as a way to find inner calm and enhance wellbeing. In my workshops, I want to share my passion for creating beautiful textiles, and help and encourage others to express their own creativity.

 

Over the years, I have worked with a range of textiles; sewing, knitting, crocheting and beading with fabric, thread and yarn to aid relaxation and escape from the stresses of our modern, fast-paced life. The natural rhythm of using the hands when engaged in these crafts encourages us to focus on the present and appreciate the benefits of ‘slowing the pace’. More recently, I have been exploring natural and indigo dyeing; foraging for plants, preparing materials and dyes, then dyeing the fabrics.


Coming from a scientific background, I like to understand the technical processes I use, but the creative side of me loves to experiment and I am constantly enchanted and surprised by the colours and patterns that natural materials and hand stitching techniques bring to the finished fabrics.

 

William Morris once said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.


I like to add my own interpretation to this: I love the process of making, however, I want the things I make not just to be beautiful, but useful. Depending on which workshop you attend, you will either take away a finished product or suggestions and ideas for making the samples you have created into something beautiful and, hopefully, useful.

I have a BSc Hons in Textile Technology from Manchester University (UMIST) and a Masters in Education from Cambridge University. I worked for a number of years in industry, in home furnishings and fashion, before becoming a teacher of Design & Technology as a Textiles Specialist.

My friendly workshops will guide you through the process of learning a new skill, or help you to develop your existing skills. Set in a warm and inclusive atmosphere, you will not only have the opportunity to be creative, but also to interact and socialise with like-minded people.


My workshops are designed to encourage everyone to work at their own pace, allowing plenty of time to ask questions and receive help and advice.


You can attend any of my workshops in person, or you can join one of my online interactive workshops, developed in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic to offer people a creative outlet whilst staying safely at home.


I run some of my workshops from home, I also run some from local venues where, as well as creativity, there is an emphasis on wellbeing and mindfulness.


I am always happy to tailor my workshops to suit individual needs. If you are planning a special event, and would like a one-off group workshop of your own, please contact me to discuss your requirements and choice of venue.