Enrolments are open for the following classes. 

 

Keep an eye on this website. Additional classes are likely to be added later in the year.

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Thread Painting - The Grape Harvest

Tutor: Sue Swann

3 Sessions

Mondays 31st May, 14th June, 28th June

10 -12am

or

Wednesdays 2nd, 9th & 30th June

6 - 8 pm

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This postcard sized image of a grape harvester has been worked in silk threads which result in a piece with a lovely sheen.  In this class you will learn how to paint the design onto cloth and then how to use colour shading to enhance the picture.

A kit is available for $30.00

$110

plus materials

Reticella - Notebook

Tutor: Sue Swann

4 Sessions
Tuesdays 15th & 22nd June, 20th July, 17th August 6 - 8pm
   or Wed 15th & 23rd June, 21st July, 18th August 10 - 12am  

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Reticella is a needle lace dating from the 15th century.  It is a form of drawn thread embroidery where some fabric threads are removed, in the horizontal and vertical direction. The boundaries of the cut areas are then stabilised with: satin stitch and 4 sided stitch. The cut area is then filled with a variety of stitches.

This piece has been designed as a sampler so you will get the opportunity to learn needle weaving, detached buttonhole stitch and picots.  The book cover is completed in surface embroidery that continues the cornflower theme of the lace.

Stitching level:   this is a counted thread technique so some experience in counted thread work desirable.

$140

plus materials

Catherine De Medici Cloth

Tutor: Sue Swann

3 Sessions
Tuesday 10th & 24th August, 7th September
10 - 12am
 

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This stitch is named after the Italian, Catherine De Medici in the 16th century who made it famous when she was the Queen of France.

The stitch is an easy to do counted thread stitch on a loose weave linen. Traditionally done on a dark ecru linen with a light natural coloured soft cotton thread. This piece has been done on a light piece of linen with a darker contrasting coloured thread and finished in the corners with some typical Italian knot tassels.

$110

plus materials

Chikankari Sampler

Tutor: SueSwann

3 Sessions

Wednesday 11th August, 1st & 22 September

10 - 12am or 6 - 8 pm

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Made famous by the embroiderers of Lucknow, India, this style of embroidery is thought to have originated in Persia.  Traditionally done in tone-on- tone thread on lightweight cottons, this embroidery features floral motifs found on a lot of the textiles from India. Working on the lightweight cotton enhances the shadow effect of the work.

Typically used on clothing, this piece is designed as a sampler to introduce the stitcher to the stitches used in this style of stitching and gain the inspiration to design pieces for their own use.

$110

plus materials

Cathedral Window or Optical Illusion

Tutor: Sue Swann

3 Sessions

Wednesday 7th & 14th July, 4th August

10 - 12am or 6 - 8 pm 

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Cathedral Window or Optical Illusion

Surface stitching on silk paper. You will have the choice of working a rose window from one of the cathedrals of France or produce an optical illusion after the style of the work of Bridget Riley.

You will learn how to make silk paper, design your pattern and a variety of surface stitches.

Silk roving and silk paper will be supplied by tutor.

$120

includes $10 materials cost

Kantha Cushion

Tutor: Sue Swann

3 Sessions

Wednesday 8th, 15th & 29 September

10 - 12am or 6 - 8 pm 

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Kantha is a quilting technique originating in India as a way to create decorative coverings from recycled fabrics.

This cushion is a bit of New Zealand meets India – a New Zealand theme to an Indian technique.  The background fabric (supplied) is recycled fabric, sun printed using the leaves of the kowhai or pohutukawa.  

Course fee includes dyed background fabric and threads

$130

includes materials cost 

Monoprinting on Fabric

Tutor: Clare Smith

Saturday 29th May 

10am - 3pm

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Experiment with monoprinting on fabric to create one-off pieces of fabric or paper for quilting, embroidery or bookmaking. Learn how to use a jelly plate or plastic sheet as a print surface and how to layer  colours and stencils to make an interesting composition.

 

  • students will learn how to use heat-set inks on fabric

  • students will learn how to monoprint and how to layer prints to make useable fabric or paper for quilting or craft projects.

 

The class sample image is indicative of the possibilities for fabrics made in this class but the students work may not look the same.

 

$95

plus $10 materials fee for inks

Hand Sewn Books

Tutor: Clare Smith

Tuesday 3 August 12:30 - 4:30pm

or 

Sunday 15th August 9:30am - 1pm

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Learn how to make at least 5 small books using pamphlet stitching and a range of Japanese bookbinding techniques. These books will be suitable for use as note books, sketch books ,or diaries. At the end of the class you should have a lovely pile of little books to take home.

$65

plus $5 materials fee for inks

Machine Quilting

Tutor: Clare Smith

Sunday 18 July 

10am - 3pm

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In this machine quilting class, students will learn how to sandwich and pin a quilt top and how to drop the feed dogs and do freehand machine quilting. A series of small samples will be made in class before starting a 70cm square sampler. This can be ‘coloured in’ using fabric felt pens (supplied).

$95

plus $5 materials fee 

Boro

Tutor: Clare Smith

Saturday 31st July 

10am - 3pm

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Boro means rags in Japanese. Small pieces of fabric were layered to make garments or bedding and were heavily stitched to hold them all together and add to the thickness. Gradually the randomness of stitched boro led to the more organised designs of sashiko and Kogin. In this class you will layer up scraps of fabric and then cut them back to show some of the lower layers. Then a simple running stitch in a contrasting thread holds it all together. The final piece could be made into a wall hanging, used as a panel in a bag or used to patch a garment.

Please note: the class is full but please register your interest in case of cancellations.

$95

plus $2 photocopying

Basic Little Houses

Tutor: Diana Carroll

Tuesday 11th May, 10 am - 4 pm

or

Saturday 29th May, 10am - 4pm

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 Learn how to construct a 3D house from one multi layered piece that once folded forms the walls, floor and roof. It can be strictly ornamental or the roof can be lifted to form a pencil case.

$95

Applique Tiles - New Zealand theme

Tutor: Diana Carroll

Tuesday 1st June,  10am - 4 pm

 or

Sunday 27th June, 10am - 4pm

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Using the appliqué technique make these tiles of NZ flora that once finished and attached to the canvas’ can be hung 4 different ways. Alternatively the design can be made as one piece for a cushion cover.

$95

Machine Embroidered Leaves

Tutor: Diana Carroll

Tuesday 6th July,  10am - 4 pm

 or

Sunday 25th July, 10am - 4pm

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Using the free motion technique learn how to stitch these leaves using decorative threads, organza and a wash-away product. Once finished and trimmed they are washed and dried into a 3D shape.

$95

Elegant Elephant

Tutor: Diana Carroll

Thursday 22nd, 29th July & Wednesday 25th August

2 - 4 pm or 6 - 8pm

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Learn a crazy patchwork technique to make this elephant. Embellish as much as you desire by hand or machine. Once stuffed it can be ornamental or with weighted feet, a doorstop.

$110