Arts and Crafts at sea 

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with Gill Colthart
I love to paint and craft and have been doing them for a very long time!

I currently teach as part of enrichment programmes on cruise ships and am delighted to have had the opportunity to teach for companies including Cruise and Maritime Voyages, Saga, Royal Caribbean and Fred Olsen.

When I am not cruising or travelling in Europe in our motorhome I enjoy doing voluntary work for a local stroke group

some of the crafts I enjoy teaching are:


decorative painting




silk ribbon embroidery


 jewellery making


sea glass jewellery


crochet wire jewellery


designer gift wrapping


fibre crafts


paper sculpture


Crafting is in vogue again!......but, for me, it always has been. It is wonderful to see a revival of  traditional crafts along with a host of new ones.

I enjoy traditional crafts including tatting, crochet, knitting, origami and silk ribbon embroidery but also stretching myself by trying out new ones, the latest being the DecoArt Media Programme.

Like so many crafters I  go through phases and am a bit of a flibbertigibbet, but what I enjoy most is learning new things, teaching, designing and learning from other crafters and painters.

After retiring from the Scottish Government 18 years ago I realised my ambition and became a decorative painting and crafts teacher. This move has added so much to my life and I have taught in places as diverse as the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, The English Speaking Union, Newbattle Abbey College, on a beach in Jamaica, in the Arctic Circle and in a campsite in Portugal. My workshops have been featured in newspapers and magazines and  I enjoyed being a guest on BBC, ITV and local radio


 Please contact me if you would like details of classes or, if you have attended a class, and want information on taking your newly learned skills to a higher level. 

If you would like to join a fun class in a fun place please click on "Crafts at Sea" above - this year I will be teaching on cruises to Iceland, Canada & Greenland and the Caribbean



DecoArt Helping Artist

DecoArt Outreach Blogger

One Stroke Certified Instructor

Nationwide Workshops Certification for Demonstrating and Teaching Arts and Crafts

Contact: Email Gill

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with the presenters on the BBC programme
"The Beechgrove Garden"

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