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Summer School – January 2018

Summer School is a great opportunity to pick and choose one, two or maybe three classes. It’s always a nice relaxed time of year so it’s a perfect time to indulge yourself in some stitch therapy.  You don’t have to stick to the techniques you know and love – take yourself out of your comfort zone and try a new technique or project (many of the classes will take all levels of expertise). With the large variety of classes on offer there is something for everyone.

 

 

MT-1 Elizabethan Needlework Accessories

Skill level: Intermediate (experience with detached buttonhole). Priority will be given to members who have completed the casket.

Kit cost: (payable to tutor). Two Kits available, students may choose to take one or both kits: Kit 1 – $36.00, Kit 2 – $36.00
Member: $106.50
Non-member: $146.00

Traditionally Elizabethan workboxes contained many exquisite and interesting needlework accessories decorated with little caterpillars, butterflies and floral patterns. This class will take you through some traditional Elizabethan stitches while stitching miniatures for your own sewing box or some treasures for your friends. This project is stitched in single thread Gum Nut Yarn ‘stars’ silks but can be stitched in single thread DMC floss or any silk thread of similar weight.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday January 6 and 7, 2018
Times: 9.00am for 9.30 start – 3.30pm
Tutor: Maree Talbot

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MT-2 Tudor Rose

Skill level: Beginners (preclass
for students taking part in the new Elizabethan Casket Group)
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $35.00
Member: $54.00
Non-member: $73.50

The Elizabethan Tudor Rose is stitched in detached buttonhole stitch using DMC Coton a Broder 25 threads on 55 count Kingston linen. This project was especially designed as a beginners’ class, students using a heavier thread to learn and master the techniques. This is a great preclass for students considering taking part in the ‘Elizabethan Casket’ project or those considering doing the ‘Elizabethan Animal panel’.

Date: Tuesday January 9, 2018
Time: 9.00am for 9.30 start – 3.30pm
Tutor: Maree Talbot

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MT-3 Elizabethan Animal Panel

Skill level: students who have completed the Elizabethan Casket/experienced in detached buttonhole
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $60.00
Member: $106.50
Non-member: $146.00

The inspiration for this workshop has come from my love of embroideries of animals and plants of the Elizabethan period. The embroideries are stitched in Gumnut Yarn ‘Stars’ silk threads on 55 count Kingston linen. This workshop is aimed at teaching you the complexities of stitching animals and learning to shape them so they look three dimensional and life-like using detached buttonhole stitch. Students working on the casket can use these panels for a box, which will sit inside the casket.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday January 13 and 14, 2018
Times: 9.00am for 9.30 start – 3.30pm
Tutor: Maree Talbot

 

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MT-21 ‘Fantasy 1’ (First panel for new casket group)

Skill level: some embroidery experience
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $85.00
Member: $106.50
Non-member: $146.00

This design is typical of the Elizabethan period featuring a bird under a fruiting tree of grapes and lily surrounded by various insects, creatures and scrolls of gold stitched in Gumnut Yarn silks. You will extend your knowledge of detached buttonhole allowing you to achieve unique three-dimensional effects without the use of wires. This piece can be framed or mounted on the lid of a box or the piece can be put towards an embroidered Elizabethan Casket. This piece has been designed to be used for one of the doors on the front of the casket.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday January 10 and 11, 2018
Times: 9.00am for 9.30 start – 3.30pm
Tutor: Maree Talbot

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RJ-4 Machine Coil Pots

Skill level: zigzag machine ability
Member: $45.00
Non-member: $60.50

I have been making these pots for ages and am often asked how they are done. They are easy, and fun to do with simple zigzag stitching. Each one will be different. You can make anything from drink coasters to lovely work baskets once you have mastered the ‘Turn’.

Date: Friday January 12, 2018
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Rhonda Justus

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CJS-5 Decorative Spiral Stitch Coiled Baskets in Cordyline

Skill level: All levels welcome
Materials fee: (payable to tutor) $15.00
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Working in natural materials (Cordyline/cabbage Tree Palm & Waxed Linen) onto a pre-made polymer base you will learn the skills necessary to stitch a coiled basket in a decorative spiral pattern. Stitching on a base helps a beginner achieve an even spiral. You may complete a bowl or platter shape of your choice. As a separate project once the stitch is mastered we will complete a small sampler of how to begin without a base. Beginning is typically the hardest part! The sampler may be used as a pendant or key tag etc.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday January 15 and 16, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Christen Jo Stone (Jo)

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DC-6 Playing with Tifaifai

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced – some sewing machine skills necessary
Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00

This workshop (the subject of my book Tifaifai Renaissance) uses the technique of the wonderful Polynesian whole cloth quilts, but using modern inspirations. The size of your finished piece is up to you. The beauty of this design technique is that if you cut your piece out carefully you will end up with a positive design and a negative design. You can use my designs, or you can create your own designs – I will show you how easy it is to create your own designs. We will use a simple design colour palette of two contrast colours, and if necessary a third highlight contrast. The aim is to create an exciting quilt top. Designs can be simple and small, made into blocks or larger and more intricate so that they can be made into a quilt top about 40inches (100cms) square. Designs are then cut out and free machine appliqued to the background cloth. The second day will be spent stitching and discussing design borders – an important aspect of any quilt.

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday January 17 and 18, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Dijanne Cevaal

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MR-7 ‘Let There Be Jazz’ (improvisational freehand stitching)

Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $25.00
Member: $49.50
Non-member: $67.50

Don’t be daunted by the prospect of improvisational stitching! Don’t let that fabulous thread or fabric languish while you are uncertain how to get started playing with it! Let this retired musician draw upon her experience teaching jazz to guide you step by step, having fun whilst taming or demystifying freehand stitching. There will be no counting threads or stitches (you can keep your shoes on!) and no pre-determined pattern or formula. You will be employing a small repertoire of your own favourite surface stitches, along with some couching, using some inspiring multi-coloured and -textured threads and braids and a piece of matching multi-coloured dyed fabric. Your finished piece could become a book or iPad cover, cushion panel, bag, anything! All skill levels welcome.

Date: Friday January 19, 2018
Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Mary Robbie

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FMcK-8 Cottage Container

Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $25.00
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Fun and easy to make this little container is both useful and decorative. Using hand-dyed wool fabrics, hand embroidery and embellishments of your choice you will create your own individual little cottage. (Sewing machine required on the second day).

Dates: Saturdays January 13 and 20, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Freya McKee

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VL-9 Needlelace Frog

Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $15.00
Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00

In the 1660’s Martha Edlin made a needlelace frog as a ‘small’ for her embroidery casket. Our frog is based on her creation. We will explore the making of two-dimensional shapes to create a three-dimensional object. We will also make legs and toes, learn about construction and decoration of the frog. This frog will be made in No. 8 perle, but there is an option to make a second frog in a single strand of silk.

Dates: Sundays January 7 and 14, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Victoria Laine

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VL-11 Stumpwork Faces

Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $30.00
Member: $98.00
Non-member: $134.00

Many people find difficulty in portraying faces. Learn the tricks and techniques in this class. We will create small (25mm) faces to apply to stumpwork pieces. The human faces are built up in layers, and then they may be painted or stitched, and decorated. The construction of hair and hands will also be taught. We will also make an animal face – a lion, and then others if time permits. The lion face will be made in No. 8 perle.

Dates: Tuesday and Wednesday January 9 and 10, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.30pm
Tutor: Victoria Laine

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CB-10 From Image to Thread: an introduction to shaded blackwork

Skill level: some counted thread experience preferred
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $25.00
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Ever imagined your own Blackwork interpretation of a favourite image? This two-day technique class is the perfect way to build your knowledge of the step-by-step process that brings your vision to reality. Using a simple image and the basic Blackwork stitches of backstitch and running backstitch the focus of this class is on the learning of the shaded technique. The class will include stitch basics for those new to Blackwork as required. The class will cover many aspects including: image selection, preparing the design tracing, interpreting shading, transferring the design, diaper pattern selection, thread selection, stitching the design.

Dates: Mondays January 8 and 15, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Christine Burton

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JMcM-12 Button, Leaf and Bead Brooch

Skill level: Intermediate
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $20.00
Member: $45.00
Non-member: $60.50

(This tutor and class was recommended by a guild member who attended & thoroughly enjoyed Julie’s class!)

Whilst only basic stitching techniques are required, these brooches do require fine, concentrated work and are suitable for those who like to take time to ‘fiddle’. Learn to make these delightful brooches featuring velvet millinery leaves and a selection of beads which are stitched to a wool or wool blend felt background to create unique, wearable pieces of art. A key feature is the use of beads to enhance and embellish the buttons, and a variety of techniques for beading around, over and through the buttons will be taught. Kits will be provided to ensure that students experience a range of beading techniques and create a brooch they will be proud to wear.

Date: Friday January 12, 2018
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Julie McMillan

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SWS-13 Lefkara – A Basic Stitches Mat

Skill level: Beginners
Materials fee: (payable to tutor) $4.00
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Lefkara takes its name from the small village in Cyprus. This attractive whitework technique, also known as Lefkara lace embroidery, is characterised by its distinctive cut work, stitches and satin stitch motifs. This mat enables you to learn many of the basic Lefkara stitches and the classic Lefkara lace edge.

Dates: Tuesdays January 9 and 16, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Sandra Warren-Smith

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BR-15 Rackham Fragments

Skill level: Some basic embroidery experience
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $50.00
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Arthur Rackham was one of the illustrators from the ‘Golden Age of Illustration’. These designs of Brenda’s are ‘scraps’ taken from his illustrations of Fairy Tales, Legends and Myths. The ‘Fragments’ feature goblins, birds, mice, fairies, wasps, a witch’s broom, crows, a giant, Puss in Boots and more! They are stitched using a variety of surface stitches, including some needleweaving techniques and an insertion technique. The project is stitched in beautiful Cottage Garden Threads.


Dates:
Wednesdays January 10 and 17, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Brenda Ryan

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CT-16 1920’s Fairy

Skill level: Beginners to intermediate
Kit cost: (payable to tutor) $21.00
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Inspired by an art deco butterfly, the 1920’s flower fairy is a porcelain doll made by Robin Reed and you needlelace her wings. Using three needlelace-filling stitches this fairy is great for beginners through to intermediate level. If you would love her to fly in another colour, please feel free to change her colour palette!

Dates: Thursdays January 11 and 18, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Catherine Thomas

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SD-14 Introduction to Gold Work – Heart Ornament

Skill level: suitable for beginners
Materials fee: (payable to tutor) $8.00
Member: $45.00
Non-member: $60.50

This introductory class uses traditional gold work materials and techniques to create an ornamental heart design. Apply padding, couch gold-wrapped threads and pearl purl, cut and apply gold kid, smooth purls and chips of metal threads. Instruction will be given to finish the project as a hanging ornament or to be framed.

Date: Monday January 8, 2018
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Susan Davis

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SD-17 Gold Play – Beetlewing Tile

Skill level: Beginners to advanced
Materials fee: (payable to tutor) $11.00
Member: $45.00
Non-member: $60.50

Beetle-wings have been used to decorate textiles in parts of Asia for centuries. This class will create a pretty ornament using beetle-wings and 3ply twist (a traditional gold wrapped metal thread). Instruction will be given to finish the project as a hanging ornament or to be framed.

Date: Friday January 19, 2018
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Susan Davis

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SD-18 Sewing Basket and Smalls

Skill level: some experience in counted thread work
Materials fee: (payable to tutor) $8.00
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Using a simple blackwork design create a set of sewing smalls and a decorated box to fit inside a square ‘basket’. Instructions will be given to paint and line the box. (This is the gorgeous box that Susan had at the Guild’s Open Day that everyone went ooh! & aah! over)

Dates: Sundays January 14 and 21, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Susan Davis

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SF-19 Fabulous Fabrics

Skill level: No experience necessary
Materials fee: (payable to tutor) $35.00
Member: $106.50
Non-member: $146.00

Over the two days, students will learn how easy it is to design and colour their own unique fabrics for patchwork, embroidery and craft, create their own embroidery threads, ribbons and trimmings, design a silk scarf, and lots more, all for a fraction of the cost of store-bought fabrics, threads and accessories. It involves no mess, no waste, no chemical fixatives, no steaming, soaking, batching or rinsing, using a unique Australian-made product that can be used on any fabric or fibre. By the end of the class students will have a huge stash of totally unique fabrics to use, plus a scarf, a tote-bag and some lovely embroidery threads.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday January 15 and 16, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Tutor: Sue Fox

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SF-20 Fabulous Fabrics – Beyond the Basics

Skill level: No experience necessary
Materials fee: (payable to tutor) $30.00
Member: $106.50
Non-member: $146.00

This class builds on the skills learnt in ‘Fab Fabrics’ class, and will give you a further glimpse into the potential for creating everything we need for embroidery, craft and dress-making; quickly, easily and economically, with no mess, waste, chemicals or hard work. Find out how easy the traditional art of silk painting can be, have fun making batik prints; experiment with stamps, stencils and printing plates to create or further embellish fabrics. Time permitting, play with using the microwave to produce virtually ‘instant’ fabrics, scarves and threads. Open up a whole new avenue of creativity for you to explore at home after the class.

Dates: Monday and Tuesday January 22 and 23, 2018
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Tutor: Sue Fox

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SS-22 Funky Flowers

Skill level: All Young and Young at Heart Stitchers
All materials will be supplied
All Participants: $45.00

This bright and cheery project is for all Young and Young at Heart Stitchers! Treat the Young Stitchers in your life to a fun day of stitching at the Guild. In this class we will make a wall hanging or picture from ‘Funky Flowers’. We will use felt, fabric, beads and a few simple stitches to create little pictures that can then be mounted as desired.

Date: Monday January 8, 2018
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Sarah Simcock

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