Being involved in the Dollshouse and miniature hobby I always put more emphasis on the skills I learn from a workshop rather than the item I make. The skills can lead to more things whereas the item is usually put away in a drawer or passed to a friend.
It is because of this I was very enthusiastic in taking Gail's workshop. Her stained glass style wall hangings are very bold and bright but I was keen to learn her techniques. Her talk at the guild was inspirational.I have never been to New Zealand but following her talk which she illustrated with her quilts I feel I have been. If you ever get a chance to listen to her or take a class with her I would jump at it. She says she talks to fast but if she didn't we would have been there all day. In saying that I would have been more than happy to listen to her all day. She is not just a designer and speaker and editor but the skill in the quilts was amazing with the various designs and embellishments.
Back to the workshop...
She was very relaxed and put us all at ease as she was very quick to point out things could always be fixed and in many ways there isn't always a right or wrong way to attempt something. However her useful hints and tips along the way ensured we came out with more than acceptable wall hangings. She taught each of us at our own individual paces which I feel is very important as speed can lead to errors and having to wait can be frustrating.
We started off by tracing our design into plain cotton which proved very easy with a soft pencil.
really well to the contours of the hills and she gave direction to ensure all ends were covering each other.