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April classes

April at Embroidery House brings a taste of goldwork, a fabulous creative journal and some glorious traditional whitework.

Don’t forget to check our Diamond Jubilee classes as well – there’s still the odd space!

Finally, remember to go to Future Dates to see some of our plans for future months.

Happy stitching!


RB-27 Creative Fabric Journal

Tutor: Ro Bruhn
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Skill level: All levels. Both machine embroiderers and hand stitchers welcome.
Member: $115.50
Non-member: $158.50

In this workshop you will make a fabric journal using new and recycled fabrics, old clothing, bands and cuffs from clothing, doilies, old lace, scraps, clothing labels, ephemera, sari silks, yarns, buttons, broken jewellery, found objects, plastic disposable plates, paint swatches, tea bag packets – anything that you can stitch on by hand or machine. You can add paper pages too. This journal will become a place to keep all of your ‘don’t want to throw out’ treasures. It can also be used to sketch in, write poetry or quotes in,  as a travel journal, a place for all of your textile samples or a special place to go to for reminders of happy days.  At the end of day one, you’ll have the cover made and a few pages, attached to the spine of the cover. At the end of the second day you will have more pages made and stitched into the spine, ready to complete at home. Download the requirements list.

Dates: Sundays April 19 and 26
9.30am – 4.00pm


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MR-28 Or Nue Name Badge

Tutor: Mary Robbie

Skill level: All levels welcome
Member: $45.00
Non-member: $60.50
Materials Kit: $10.00 (payable to tutor)

This one-day class is perfect for having a try at a goldwork technique. It’s an introduction to the metalwork technique called Or Nue (‘naked gold). You’ll make a small, unique name badge which can be made up into a brooch or stitched on to a work bag or similar. You choose your colour scheme, including a gold or silver background. While people with short names may have an advantage, longer names (e.g. Meredith) are perfectly do-able. Some hand embroidery experience is recommended. However goldwork experience is not required. Download the requirements list.

Date: Tuesday April 21, 2020
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Tutor: Mary Robbie


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DB-30 Amelia Ars Needlelace

Tutor: Denise Bell
Skill level: All levels welcome. (However, some experience in needlemade lace would be an advantage).


Materials fee: $25.00 (payable to tutor)

Amelia Ars is a stunning form of 19th century Italian needlelace, originating in Bologna. It is not a drawn thread needlelace: instead it is formed by laying down structural threads which are then covered and filled with a variety of filling stitches. The designs and patterns achieved are stunning. Denise will introduce you to this gorgeous form of needlelace, starting with the basics and moving you through all the steps from preparation to completion. Put ‘Amelia Ars’ into your favourite search engine and you will find some magnificent examples of this form of needlelace.

Dates: Wednesdays April 15 and May 6.
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm


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