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 was a busy time for me as I continued to teach small groups of children and adults locally. Dates for block printing, fabric dyeing and a new batik workshops have been added on the freyajones.com website for February and May 2020. 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.

Other dates for 2020 include:-

The Stitch Festival at the Business Design Centre in London. I am teaching Indian Hand Embroidery on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February.  Bookings can be made through the Knitting and Stitching Show website.

In South Bucks, I am hosting a Spring Block Printing Workshop at ​Workaid, Townsend Road, Chesham ​on Saturday 14th March from 10am to 1pm. To book a place go to Workaid.org or call 01494 775220.

Then, on May 9th from 2-4pm I shall be teaching Block Printing at Wycombe Museum.


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