Classes with Gail Penberthy
Gail is an accomplished pattern designer and teacher. She loves to make three dimensional items as well as cushions, quilts and wallhangings. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys spending most of her time writing patterns and thinking up new and quirky ideas and how to make them. She is inspired by the things around her and is often inspired when she sees a fabric and wants to make something from it. She loves the challenge of making 3D items as she can push herself to the limit on how to make it with fabric, her hedgepigs are a great example of this. Lucky she has a background in engineering then!
Quick, achievable 3D objects including owls, hedgepigs, and toadstool doorstops
Gail’s Top Tips:
- Include surprising details to increase the level of interest and intrigue
- Little in-between projects are a joy to work on and make great gifts
Christmas Glitter Cushions with Gail Penberthy
Gail loves working with fleece as it is very forgiving since it doesn't fray, is soft and cuddly and comes in a wide variety of colours.
As well as cushions, you could use fleece to create the stockings that you see hanging in the background. And all Gail's patterns comes with a full alphabet,...
Redwork Hand Embroidery with Gail Penberthy
In this comprehensive workshop Gail shares with you how to create a wide variety of projects using the simple embroidery backstitch and red stranded thread.
Gail talks you through how to transfer the design onto your work; why she thinks backing the calico works well; the needles and thread sh...
Machine Applique with Gail Penberthy
Gail loves machine applique and has developed a technique that saves her ending up with lots of threads to sew in.
She suggests you work out the order that you need to apply the pieces. She uses the caravan as an example. First she puts the base on and then adds the little bit. Finally she end...
”The Long and Short of It" Cushion with Gail Penberthy
This delightful cushion design is created with fused applique. Gail shows the very straightforward method starting with strip piecing.
She has also added some 3D detail for the tail, the ear and the butterfly. In this comprehensive workshop Gail explains how to add the detail and the materials...
How to Insert a Zip Quickly and Easily with Gail Penberthy
Gail shares with us her easy method of inserting a zip. You can do without even having to search out that special sewing machine foot that you know the machine came with!
In this method you can also avoid having to work round the zipper head.
Gail uses a modern nylon zip in this demonstrati...
A Redwork Embroidery Show and Tell with Gail Penberthy
Redwork embroidery is basically an embroidery backstitch, so very simple to do. Here Gail shows ideas which can be worked in the traditional red. But you could also be a rebel and work them in coloured threads too.
Everything which Gail uses in the video you can find on our website.
” Heads Up It’s Christmas” Snowman Door Wreath with Gail Penberthy
In this workshop Gail takes you through the various stages of making these snowman heads. You can make each one slightly different as there are a variety of expressions, hats and scarves to choose from.
The heads are made in fleece, which is really easy to use. You can attach these little head...
Advent Pyramid Boxes with Gail Penberthy
These little triangle boxes are simple to make by hand. They just need you to trace, cut, stick and a little bit of hand sewing using blind hem stitch and ladder stitch.
Gail shows all the stages necessary to make these and has some great tips from how large the hanging hoop should be to using...
Caravans and Other Cushions with Gail Penberthy
Summer wouldn’t be summer without a caravan or a visit to the beach. Gail has incorporated these into a variety of cushions as well as other keepsakes for you to make.
Gail uses raw edge applique and satin stitch to create the caravan cushion. There is a great opportunity for you to add themed...
Wreaths with Gail Penberthy
Gail shows you wreaths for all occasions and events. There is everything from Christmas, Easter to Christenings. With special occasions just on the horizon, what a great opportunity to decorate your home. All the elements are removable, so you could then just enjoy it on it’s own.
Gail shows y...
Glitter Felt with Gail Penberthy
Gail started the love affair with glitter felt when she created her Unicorn cushions, but then went on to use it in so many more of her projects.
The simplest way is to use it as fused appliqué; but then Gail thought maybe she could find a way of using the felt, so that the end result wasn’t so...
Festive Tree Skirt with Gail Penberthy
Gail talks you through some of the stages to make this lovely tree skirt or table centre. She also gives you some things to think about when constructing it . She spent a whole weekend with us at one of our retreats. The students made the skirts too and we all had great fun.
Made from simple st...
Fun With Felt with Gail Penberthy
Gail feels that felt is really easy to work with as it doesn't fray and she particularly likes to make these small 3D projects using it.
Simple to make by just folding and using the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine, Gail points out a few things to bear in mind when you are using her patte...
Hedgepigs with Gail Penberthy
Gail talks through her inspiration for these adorable little creatures and shows how to create the spikes from fabric, wool or even recycled shirting and denim jeans.
Created from folded squares, her patterns come complete with all the sizes and templates you will need. Large hedgehog finished 18...
Easter Boxes with Gail Penberthy
Gail has based these lovely little boxes on Japanese folded patchwork. This means you have both sides covered at once. They are perfect for hiding a small gift or indeed an egg in.
In this comprehensive workshop Gail talks you through how to make the cardboard templates and use up scraps of waddi...
The Mouse Quilt by Gail Penberthy
These days Gail spends most of her time designing patterns under her business name ‘Endless Threads’ but as you can see she has also designed a wonderful, funny and beautiful quilt.
Here she talks to Valerie about the engineering behind the work and how the quilt was made – mostly in applique, wh...
Raggy Edge Quilts with Gail Penberthy
These quilts are very tactile. They use quite a deep seam allowance which gets cut into. This means you don’t have to worry about being overly accurate with the sewing. Working in fleece, it also means that the edges don’t fray.
Gail loves to use this fleece for the applique motives as well, beca...