I have always loved art and have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember! I had already done a correspondence course with the Open College of Arts on Art and Design covering topics such as painting, drawing, sculpture, graphics and textiles and it was the inspiration of my tutor, Jane de Sausmarez, that encouraged me to look around for a structured textiles course. I completed my City and Guilds Level 2 Textile Decoration course in 2009 at Missenden Abbey and since then have been experimenting with many different techniques, such as space-dyeing, ice-cube dyeing, shibori and indigo dyeing. Take a look at my samples on the following pages. 

I like to take my fabric dyeing further by block printing and embellishing with hand stitching, beading and sequins. Further details below.

 My passion is passing on my knowledge and expertise, inspiring others to create their own unique designs.

I run independent block printing and fabric dyeing workshops to small groups of adults and children, either for parties or recreation. Details can be found on the Workshops page. 

 2019 has been a busy time for me as I continue to teach small groups of children and adults locally. Dates for block printing, fabric dyeing and a new batik workshop have been added on the freyajones.com website for the second half of the year. Freya is so welcoming and I love using the space within her shop, surrounded by the lovely spinning and weaving supplies that she stocks. Lunch in the neighbouring cafe is included in the price and I can vouch for the quality of the food! It would be great to see you....book now as there has already been a lot of interest!!! Freya also sells my hand-dyed fabric and thread scrap packs.

I just thought I would share this recent review with you all:-

I have just spent a wonderful afternoon enjoying the dedicated attention of the very knowledgeable Julia Phillips who is running several different and related courses at Freya's lovely shop. I have never dyed anything, (except accidentally in the washing machine), in my life but had heard lots of stories from other crafters who seemed to have the magical skills of working with their own hand dyed cloth. Well now I am a junior member of this particular magic circle and had so much fun learning at the same time. I was stunned at how much I achieved in three short hours and how many fabric samples I brought home with me. Not only that but I was also stunned at how good the fabrics came out - I had not expected my results to be so professional looking! Julia's gentle guidance not only taught me the basic skills but also encouraged me to try to think outside the box. So my experiments in 'What would happen if...' and ''Is it possible to do...' were also very successful. And all achieved with just a small group of primary colours! I cannot recommend this more highly and will be using a cloth created during this afternoon to be block printed and embellished on a later course. Thank you!

I shall be at the K & S Show at Alexandra Palace on Friday 11th October teaching an exciting Introduction to Indian Hand Embroidery workshop FULLY BOOKED

The Sunday Special workshops at the Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury (www.qpc.org) continue to prove popular, so do please take a look online at future dates. An eco printing workshop is taking place on Sunday, 27th October. There are also children's workshops on a Saturday morning.

In May 2018 I started volunteering for Workaid in Chesham, a charity that sends containers full of reconditioned items to Africa for vocational projects. It is very rewarding to be part of the team. Go to their website to read more about the excellent work they do. http://www.workaid.org. Donations are always appreciated. They also sell tools and all manner of craft items in their small shop, and offer craft workshops, which you can book online, too. Paula Watkins and I teamed up to teach a Mixed Media Mini Book workshop in July, which was a huge success. We hope to offer another one soon!! A date has been added for a Block Printed Tea Towel workshop on 28th September from 10am til 1pm. This is now FULLY BOOKED

UPDATE:   Following the successful tea towel workshop above, a Christmas-Shemed one has been added on Saturday 23rd November from 10am to 1pm.  Please book direct with Workaid.

If you have a group that would like to try block printing or fabric dyeing, please call me. Have blocks, will travel!!!

Julia Phillips

Contact me via email at [email protected]

Member of the Visual Images Group