Over the past 24 years, I have taught workshops around the world. I have demonstrated drawing with a sewing machine for Jenny Murray on R4's 'Women's Hour', I've taught Kirstie Allsopp a 'Drawing with Stitch' master class on Kirsty's Homemade Home and have a fabulous workshop review by Emma Kennedy's 'Eccentric Britain' The Guardian.  (See Press) 
I love teaching and I feel I have a responsibility to ignite the creative potential in the people that I meet. 




I am working with PUKKA herbs to create an advertising campaign to promote womens health and creativity.

Watch this space! 
I'll make up for it next year I promise! 


 This January 2017 I flew to Australia to teach a series of workshops in Perth, Margaret River and Melbourne. It was the most fantastic trip and I met many inspiring ladies who put the va va voom back into my practice as an ambassador of stitch. 

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Workshops fill up very fast - only 2 or 3/ year.



1. Please fill in the Booking Form to register your place and check availability - (PLEASE ADD EMAIL ADDRESS & phone.)

2. Please pay a £200 deposit through paypal or BACS to secure your place.  If you would like to send a cheque please email me through my website.

3. I will contact you within two weeks of receiving your booking to confirm receipt of your deposit. 

4. Please sort out your sewing machine, get it serviced and make sure you have the right foot for free motion emb.

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You can also email me to be added to my workshop waiting list.  

SUPERSTITCHERS - What's it all about?

These workshops are suitable for all abilities as I teach new and fun approaches to drawing with stitch. 

With the aid of relaxed and spacious surroundings, sherry, music and enthusiasm we get cracking on creativity.  

To begin, we concentrate on mark making on paper and then move to drawing with the sewing machine, creating painterly surfaces and embroidery and embellishing with stitchery witchery and sparkle.  

I demonstrate at regular intervals the techniques that I use in my studio, enabling students to sit back, rest and usually have a laugh.  At the end of the course you will have a fun and unique caricature and the skills and confidence to go home and start experimenting on your own machine.  Suitable for beginners and anyone who wants to learn spontaneous ways of working or to kick start their creativity or be re-inspired.  

- You WILL be encouraged to take wonderfully exciting risks with thread and colour.  

- You WILL leave with your very own 'Lou Gardiner inspired piece of artwork which will spring board you into your own creative development.  ......................................................................................................


Students are required to bring their own sewing machine.

I use a BERNINA 1008 which are ideal for drawing and creative work.  Your sewing machine needs to do 'FREE MOTION EMBROIDERY/ DARNING with an appropriate foot and you also need to be able to take the 'feed dog teeth down'.  

See this link to see the presser foot that I use - 

 I have three Bernina sewing machines available to rent for £30 if you are travelling by plane
or £10 a day if your machine breaks down which does happen sometimes. 



If you would like to book a place on a course and can pay by PAYPAL or BANK TRANSFER (BACS) complete the online form below and make sure your machine is ready and you have the needs list.  NO WORKSHOPS PLANNED FOR 2017. 

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My Superstitcher Students have said ...

"Amazing experience! I'm so excited I cant sleep! I feel like a huge new area of creativity has opened up for me.  I feel like I have unlocked something and the possibilities are endless. " Tim, Brighton.

'Queen of stitch and Queen of Masking tape! Brilliant course by the best tutor I have ever had at anything!" Wendy C.

"Going home inspired and happy.' Beth M.

'Absolutely fantastic week again! I have SO much more confidence which is just what I needed. " Jenny.

'My second workshop with you and just as inspirational as my first. Thank you for pushing my boundaries and all the generous encouragement.' Patricia M.

"Absolutely wonderful three days - the time has flown and I have enjoyed every second! Thank you L for being so inspirational and offering such a great work atmosphere." Peta K.

"This course is life changing! I am so inspired to realise my creative potential. On top of that it is simply great fun.  The best course I have been on."  Maggie.  London

"Your warmth and sparkle shines through your teaching and your work. Thank you."  Angela O. 

"Fabulous three days.  I loved the encouragement, the lack of rules, the break up of the days that reduced back and neck strain and kept the mind coping with all the stimulation.  Brilliant!" Maureen, Margaret River, Australia. 

"I have had a fantastic bonkers few days.  I know I will go on to do much more!" Janet. 

"I've been twice in four months... That says it all!"  Glynnis.  

Quarry Bank Mill Students - Canvas provided

A small selection of pens Eg. fine liners, felt tips or soft pencils (4B, 6B)
Black Marker Pen
BIRO - black or blue
Roll of Masking Tape

3 x A2 Sheets of paper

1 Sheet of Tracing paper or baking parchment

For Painting (all workshops)

Good quality acrylic paint brush - small rounded OR medium rounded.
Jam jar for water
Palette / Old Plate
Small selection of acrylic OR water soluble pencils/pastels.
(Oil, Gouache and chalk pastels ARE NOT SUITABLE)

METALLIC PAINTS or Pearlescent White acryllic which you can mix with other
colours lovely to use. OPTIONAL BUT LOVELY! 

Sewing machine that you know works well with free machine stitching - PLEASE TRY AND TEST!!!
Free motion foot for embroidery already fitted to your machine. (DOES not necessarily come with!)
Don't forget the foot pedal and lead!
Minimum 1000m -  Black Thread - Good Quality (Madeira, Gutterman, Marathon, Coats....) 

Pack of Spare needles - size 80 / 90
Scissors for thread and fabric
Spare bobbins - at least 4
Selection of coloured threads including a few metallic threads

For APPLIQUE Workshops
Small selection of scraps of fabric for appliqué Colourful,type Fabrics

For Jazzy Garments workshop ONLY

Please bring a selection of fabric scraps and textile paints that can be set with an iron. You can also bring sequins and beads, feathers and sparkles but remember that you will need to be able to clean your garment. 

Sherry will be provided! 


Make sure that you can definitely do the workshop dates before booking.  
£200 Deposits are non-refundable. 

The final balance of the workshop cost is required a month before the workshop commences.

It is not possible to change from a 3 day workshop to a 2 day workshop once booked.
There is no refund for places cancelled within 30 days of the workshop.  
£50 administration fee will be kept for ALL CANCELLATIONS. 
I will consider all reasonable cancellations fairly and if I can fill your space I will charge a £50 administration fee and carry the remaining balance forward for 12 months only. 

Thank you.