Japanese Textile Techniques with Janice Gunner

18th - 25th July 2020 - more than 4 places available

Course Details

You will be spending a relaxing week working with hand stitched techniques to produce some unique memories of your holiday/retreat at Hotel Leone.  Janice will introduce you to some simple hand dyeing so you have a palette of colours to work with and I will also show you traditional Sashiko -  Japanese stitch designs,  but the emphasis will be on producing a piece of contemporary work, taking inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of both the hotel and local town. We will even have time to make a small piece of Japanese Boro style work too.  Janice will provide all the specialist materials for the course (price here or add it to the cost of the retreat?) you just need to come with enthusiasm to learn a new skill or refine skills you have learned already!

About Janice

Janice has been involved in working with textiles for almost all of her life, concentrating on expressing her art through patchwork and quilting since 1974, when she made her first quilt. Stitching is a vital part of her life, whether by hand or machine, she always has a piece of work in progress, and her work is continually evolving.  Current themes are inspired by the Japanese tie dye techniques of Shibori, nature, architecture and her travels. A recent critical illness has forced her to re-evaluate her practice and current work explores her mind as she recovered whilst experiencing vivid and sometimes disturbing dreams and hallucinations caused by withdrawal symptoms after the medically induced coma in which she was placed.

Her first book “Shibori for Textile Artists’ was published by Anova in September 2006 and the second edition was printed in Dec 2010. A paperback edition was published in November 2018.  Her second book “Liberating Log Cabin” was self-published in October 2010.  She is a regular contributor to UK Patchwork and Quilting magazines.

Janice has been teaching patchwork and quilting for 30 years, 25 of these as a C&G tutor. During that time, she has introduced many students (she has lost count) to the craft/art and to The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.

A significant number of students have progressed through the City & Guilds Design & Craft qualifications with Janice, some having subsequently become teachers or have achieved degree level.  In February 2018 she was awarded the prestigious City & Guilds Medal for Excellence in recognition of her work as a lecturer.

She has been a judge or jury member for many quilt exhibitions or competitions including Quilt 2004 – 2007 (within The Knitting & Stitching Show), The Festival of Quilts (NEC Birmingham), Quilts in the Garden, Waterloo County Quilt Festival (Canada), the Royal Dublin Society show and Pacific International Quilt Festival, California.  She was an advisor to Creative Exhibitions during the set up and running of The Festival of Quilts from 2002 – 2012.

Janice has taught overseas in Abu Dhabi, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and USA and taught at The Festival of Quilts most years since the show began!

She also teaches for quilt, embroidery and textiles groups and guilds all around the UK and for a selection of shops including Art Van Go and Cowslip Workshops and residential courses at West Dean College, Chichester, MSCA, Missenden Abbey and she currently teaches City & Guilds courses through her Micro Centre in London, Missenden Abbey and Cornwall.

Janice has lead textile holidays for Arena Travel to Japan in particular (she has a particular interest in Japanese textiles) as well as other destinations.

Janice is married with three adult sons, one grandson and a new baby granddaughter.  Her hobbies include travelling, photography, listening to music, reading and visiting art galleries and museums.

Janice is currently studying part–time at The University of the Creative Arts (UCA) – Farnham for an MA Textiles where her focus is on Natural dyes and edges!


Our Japanese textiles Techniques Retreat prices start from €1,650 per person which includes the following:

  • All tuition fees
  • Sashiko kit
  • Boro kit
  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation - see our rooms here
  • full board: includes breakfast, lunch and evening meals
  • house wine with meals
  • airport transfers or pick-up from local pick-up points*
  • dedicated studio
  • "Taste of Le Marche" experience:  full day guided tour visiting a family run cheese producer, olive oil producer and vineyard - includes tastings at each and lunch

*On the day of arrival we organise pick up times based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops. 

We will do our very best to make sure nobody has to wait for too long but please be aware we will be picking up other members of the group whose arrival times may not necessary coincide perfectly with your own and we ask for your patience.

If you are arriving at a time that really doesn’t tie in with the group or arriving a day or so earlier we can arrange for a taxi to pick you up.   The cost of a taxi is in the region of €150.  If there is anybody else arriving doing the same we will arrange it so that you can share the transport costs.

Similarly for departure, for retreats the rooms are to be vacated by 10:00 on the morning of departure.  Departure time will be set based on the majority of the group.  Again we will do our very best to accommodate everyone.