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working-to-theme-350Our March classes at Embroidery House cater for advanced, beginner and intermediate students.

Learn the basics of temari, the Japanese art of stitching patterns over a ball.

There’s another wonderful Finishing School class that everyone will value.

Thinking about Intermediate Drawn Thread? There’s an introductory class just for you.

Would you like to design a piece to suit a theme? Learn simple and effective guidelines.

Advanced students will be challenged with the first two bands of Di Fisher’s English Garden Band Sampler.


ST-20 Pincushions, Needlebooks, Scissor Fobs and keeps, etc.

Basic Stitches pincushions 560x560A Finishing School class! The second class in our series to help you finish off your projects and reduce your pile of UFOs.

Skill level: All levels welcome

Member: $80.50
Non-member: $110.00
Materials fee (payable to tutor): $5.00

We all have small pieces of embroidery, or a delicious piece of fabric just waiting to be made up into a pincushion, needlebook, scissor fob/keep, sewing kit/pouch, etc. In this class Sheryl will provide an array of patterns for differently shaped items, different materials (eg linen, canvas), and also give you handy hints on construction, perfect finishes, bindings and different types of fillings. Many of the skills covered translate to other projects. Even if you don’t have projects that need finishing off, this class will build your resources, your patterns and your skills.

Dates: Sundays March 5 & 12
Times: 10.00am – 2.30pm
Tutor: Sheryl Turton

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MG-26 ‘Jumping In!’ Working to a Theme for the Faint-hearted

Skill level: Basic knowledge of stitches helpful but not essential

Member: $80.50
Non-member: $110.00

This class aims to help inexperienced members to interpret a theme for stitch, to gain confidence and knowledge and enable them to create a piece of embroidery or textile art relating to a theme for possible entry in the Guild’s annual exhibition. It will focus on the upcoming theme and will concentrate on non-traditional embroidery and textile art. We will discuss design sources, interpretation of a theme, basic colour theory, basic design theory, ideas and creativity. Students will be required to stitch out small samples with ideas developed in the class based on the exhibition theme, that might be developed into a larger piece at a later date.

Dates: Saturdays March 25 and April 1
Times: 10.00am – 2.30pm
Tutor: Mandy Ginsberg

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DF-25 An English Garden Band Sampler: Band 1

eng-garden-band-12-350Some EGV members have already begun stitching this stunning band sampler with Di Fisher at classes run by Ballarat Branch.  Di will now teach the sampler in Melbourne, two bands at a time. The sampler uses a wide variety of complex stitches and metal thread stitches using silk and metal thread. Filling stitches are 17th century inspired.

Skill level: Advanced

Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00
Materials fee: $80.00 (approx.) plus $5 for class notes (payable to tutor)

The first band in this sampler (lower band in this image) is a 17th century arcaded band pattern with a twisted border enclosing a red rose, love-in-a-mist flowers, hearts-ease (pansies), little pink flowers and acorns. The pattern is worked in a number of counted stitches typical of 17th century embroidery. The first band measures 20 x 9 cms.

Dates: Monday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 7
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Di Fisher



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DF-27 An English Garden Band Sampler: Band 2

eng-garden-band-12-350Skill level: Advanced

Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00
Materials fee: $6 – $7 (approx.) for 1 skein ver au soie thread plus $5.00 for class notes (payable to tutor)

The second band in this sampler features a pot or vase containing a rose and two irises, and stems of grapes or ‘wands’ on arcaded band. Above and below there are two small strawberry patterns.


Dates: Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10

Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm

Tutor: Di Fisher

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SD-22 Drawn Thread for Beginners

beg-drawn-thr-350Skill level: Beginners

Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Drawn thread work is a counted thread technique worked on evenweave linen, where threads are withdrawn from the fabric. The remaining fabric threads are grouped twisted, knotted or woven to create decorative patterns. For this class you will create a small sampler, which can either be framed or made up into a little pouch for your sewing smalls. (If you are considering participating in the Intermediate Drawn Thread Course timetabled for later in the year then this class is a must-do!)

Dates: Sundays March 19 & 26
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Susan Davis

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LO’S-21 Japanese Temari

temari-beginner-350Skill level: Beginners

Member: $45.00
Non-member: $60.50
Materials fee (payable to tutor): $35.00

This enjoyable beginners class introduces temari, the Japanese craft of surface embroidery over a ball. In the morning Leanne will guide you in a simple stitching pattern suitable for beginners, using a prewrapped ball. The afternoon continues with a demonstration of how to prepare your own temari including wrapping, division, and further exploration with patterns.

Date: Thursday March 16, 2017
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Leanne O’Sullivan

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