Joanna O'Neill: Talks

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I offer a range of talks, some involving slides, most not. Please note that I am happy to adapt a talk to a particular group’s needs – just ask. Also, as I have no small children or needy animals, I am often able to step in at very short notice if a group has suffered a cancellation.

It is good to end the season on ahighand your relaxed, witty and informative lecture did just that.
M A Gillespie, Edinburgh

I have been a member of the EmbroiderersGuild for over sixteen years and have heard many talks during that time. Joannas was definitely one of the best.
P Ashton-Smith, Hexham

BEAUTIFUL BOOKS FROM PAPER AND THREAD

The simplest of techniques for making small books for use as albums, commonplace books or keepsakes – wonderful as gifts too!

A talk and show of work with demonstrations.

BITE SIZED!

Want to stitch but daunted by a bed quilt or wall hanging? A4-sized ‘Journal Quilts’ might be the answer! A talk on the origin of the Journal Quilt movement: where it began, how it spread and who joined in – and why it is so much fun!

A talk with slides and lots of my own journal quilts to handle and explore.

BOOKS, BATTING AND BEESWAX

My adventures on The Quilters’ Guild judging course and my subsequent experiences of professional judging, including at Europe’s largest quilt festival.

No slides but lots of materials and work to examine.

FELT UNDERNEATH

For the embroiderers among us, a talk on the joys and tribulations of stitching on felt – so beautiful for the needle, but what stitches to choose, how can you mark it and what will you use it for? 

A talk with lots of work to examine and handle.

FROM PLANCHETTE TO LEAPING HEAD

Ever wondered just how it’s possible? Discover the history and how-to of riding sidesaddle – when they did it, how they did it, and why they did it (and sometimes still do) – and learn how film directors almost always get it wrong.

A talk with slides and demonstrations (but sadly no horses).

HUSH NOW AND LISTEN…

A talk on the marvels of inter-species communication: horse whispering and dog listening in the 21st century. and how not to seem like a Martian to your pet.

IN SEARCH OF THE INVISIBLE

Why – and how – at the age of 50 I began to write, publish and sell my novels – and what happened next.

RICHSTITCH: HOW I GOT FROM THERE TO HERE

My zig-zagging haphazard career as a textile artist.

Lots of textiles to examine and handle.

UNACCUSTOMED AS I AM…

A talk on giving talks: my experiences in village halls, colleges, stables and restaurants - the brilliant, the good, and the (let us say) interesting

Lots of textiles to examine and handle.

Contact:

joanna@beech-trees.co.uk

01434 270918