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May classes

Classes for everyone, at every level and every inclination, at Embroidery House in May:

  • Wool embroidery, Sue Spargo style, (traditional stitches given a bright new look) with Kerry Gadd.
  • Traditional (yet simple) English paper piecing with Sheryl Turton.
  • Creative machine embroidery with Michele Mischkulnig
  • The Aemelia Ars needlelace class with Denise Bell continues.


KG-29 Creative Wool Embroidery

Tutor: Kerry Gadd
Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: $35.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

This is an introduction to the world of texture and dimension using wool and embroidery. Learn how to handle wool appliqué and then dive into the magical world of embellishment using a variety of embroidery stitches and threads to enhance the appliqué – up to 12 different stitches will be taught to achieve varied effects and textures. Techniques are based on the Sue Spargo approach to wool embroidery. A comprehensive kit accompanies this class – everything you need, including needles – you only need to provide your own lining fabric and decorative button for fastening. After putting in your class application you will need to contact Kerry to choose the colourway of your kit.

Dates: Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24
Times: 10.00am – 3.00 pm


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ST-32 English Paper Piecing

Tutor: Sheryl Turton
Skill level: All levels welcome
Member: $89.00
Non-member: $122.00

Come along and learn how to construct beautiful patchwork pieces using the English paper piecing method. This form of hand-stitched patchwork is simple, effective and very portable. It’s a great way to use a variety of fabrics: fabric scraps from your stash or a range of fabrics that have been waiting to be used in the perfect project. In this class you will learn to use/make a variety of templates, join shapes and finish off your projects. (And I’ve come full circle; the very first class I attended at the Guild was an English paper piecing class, 30 years ago! Sheryl)

Dates: Sundays May 3 and 10, 2020
Times: 10.00am – 3.00pm


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MM-31 The Garden: creative free motion machine embroidery

Tutor: Michelle Mischkulnig
Skill level: All levels welcome
Kit cost: $48.00 (payable to tutor)
Member: $144.00
Non-member: $180.00

This two-day workshop provides the students with an experience of working with hand-dyed silk fabrics and fibres, creating layers to interpret movement and depth.  Looking at how they layer and texture, you will be using vibrant colours and fibres to explore movement and dimension. All of these yummy ingredients will be pulled together with free motion stitch to create a piece of wall art capturing the magic of the garden. Folding, tearing and colouring, fusing, hand stitching and free machine embroidery. The students will be making 3D flowers and leaves to bring their art to life. This art work will be very organic, capturing a garden in full bloom. I look forward to sharing my techniques with you. Your finished piece can be framed.
(Be inspired – have a look at Michelle’s beautiful Gallery of work on her Facebook page!)

Dates: Saturday 16 and Sunday May 17, 2020
Times: 10.00am – 4.00pm


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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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