Current Classes

Current Classes

Things to remember for your class

  • Classes are from 9.45am to 3.30 pm. Please plan to arrive a little early so the teacher can start teaching the class promptly at 10.00am.
  • Please turn your phone off or to silent.
  • Lunch is not provided at classes. Tea, coffee and spring water are available. There are several cafes close to the guild for those who want to buy their lunch or there is a refrigerator available for
  • We all have our favourite places to sit in the gallery however please be mindful that not everyone knows where others like to sit.
  • The gallery will be open by 9.00am. This is mostly for the teacher to set up so for those students who plan to arrive early please let the teacher set up before the class.


Students are reminded that the class notes provided by a tutor to class participants are the intellectual property of the tutor and are covered automatically under Australian Copyright Laws.

The notes must not be used by anyone else without the prior, written permission of the tutor to teach either individuals or groups whether for a fee or free.

Although there is no copyright on the actual stitches, the tutor’s design and how the stitches are used within the design are covered under the Law.

Considerable time is given to preparing class notes and the tutors are entitled to have this effort protected and all students are asked to respect this.

Inadvertent or unknowing copying of designs is still a breach of copyright law.

  1. All class work or subsequent work using a tutor’s design cannot be sold without the written permission of the tutor.
  2. When displaying class work either within the Guild or at outside venues the tutor’s design must be acknowledged.

At all Guild classes, students will be asked to sign a form acknowledging their understanding of these terms.

Pictured below is the exciting classes offered for this year.

Canvas Stitches on Linen with Carol Young

Dates:        Sunday 22nd  October and Sunday 5th November 2017

Cost:                   $100 members    $120 non members

Stitch a four panel counted linen design for a solid wooden scissor block.

Design is stitched on 26 count linen with silk thread. A variety of canvas work stitches are used to create “string art” type patterns. Kit. Contains linen, threads, needles, wooden block and notes.

Costs. $28 complete.  Supply own silk and perle threads $20.

Emerald Frog Project Bag with Nancy Williams

Date:                   Sunday 12th  and  Sunday 19th November 2017

Class Cost:                    $100 members    $120 non-members

Kit cost:     $20

Using a variety of surface stitches in stranded cotton and silk and incorporating sequins and beads, this

project borrows from modern

crewel and from the recent craze for adult colouring books. Using fine detail and delicate colour shades, the finished piece can either be

worked into a mini project bag or, for those people who don’t like con- struction, will be just as attractive framed.

Kit includes all threads, beads, sequins and fabric required for the project.

Students will need to bring their regular stitching notions and a good magnifier.

Byzantine Blue Tile Christine P Bishop

Byzantine Blue Tile with Christine P Bishop

Date:                   Saturday 13th  and Sunday 14th January 2018 Class

Cost:           $110 members    $130 non-members

Do you like counted work? Christine has developed this design from drawings of Byzantine tiles in a museum in Athens.  You do not have to

work in blue, the colour choice is up to you. I have worked in blue (794) as I like it and it fits into my home. If you have a favourite colour in 28 count linen now is the time to use it. You can work with cream or white on coloured linens or coloured threads on winter white linen.

You have a choice of a mat (finished size 33.5cm x 62.5cm) or a pincushion (finished size 6.7cm x 6.7cm). If you choose the pincushion you will have enough time to totally complete one and

maybe begin another.

Point of Star—Counted Stitches

An English Garden Band Sampler – the seventh band pattern –

 Birds and Caterpillars Band Pattern with Di Fisher

Date:                            Monday 15th  and Tuesday 16th January 2018

Class Cost                            $110 members    $130 non-members

This is the perfect band to finish your English Garden Band Sampler or if you wish to stitch this band pattern as a single panel or start the sampler. An arcaded band pattern featuring two birds facing a central carnation, pomegranates, caterpillars, flowers, leaves and thistles.

There are three 17th century band samplers with this pattern. They are in

the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum collection, the Embroiderers’ Guild (UK) and the St. Gallen Textile Museum in Switzerland.

This class will be offered again in 2018.

Point of Star—Counted Stitches

Casalguidi Coffee Pot Cosy with Carol Topperwien

Date:                            Monday 15th  and Tuesday 16th January 2018

Class cost:                            $110 members    $130 non-members

This coffee pot (cafetiere) cosy will keep your coffee warm!

It is embellished in the style of casalguidi embroidery using a vineyard theme.

I have used tassels for closure around a standard 6 cup coffee pot. There will be some kits available to purchase or you may prefer to use your own fabric and threads.

Australian Bush with Alison Cole

Date:                   Thursday 18th  and Friday 19th January 2018

Class cost:                            $110 members $130 non-members.

Inspired by a previous larger piece of work – and our shift back to living in the bush, this piece is a creative embroidery that uses Goldwork and Stumpwork techniques along with silk painting and a splash of

watercolour. In this workshop we will start off dying and painting on the silk. Once the dye has set, we will start on applying a dimensional tree trunk and working detached wings for the moth.

The eucalypt leaves are worked in double sided brick stitch. This piece is approximately 10cm x 15cm.

Reticella Sampler with Christine P Bishop

Date:                   Thursday 18th  and Friday 19th January 2018

Class cost                            $110 members    $130 non-members


Either start or continue on this amazing Reticella Sampler with Christine. For those starting pre-work must be done.

Opus Anglicanum with Alison Cole

Date:                   Saturday 20th  and Sunday 21th January 2018 Class cost:                             $110 members   $130 non-members

After a visit to the Opus Anglicanum exhibition in London, I was inspired to work up a project using this technique. In this workshop students will work on three small pieces that can be framed or popped in the lid of a box. While working on the three pieces, students will experience working on the three different types of background fabric and the stitches used in the 13th to 15th  centuries.

Techniques covered include surface couching, underside couching and split stitch.

Design Size:

Robert the Little – 6cm diameter,

Mary – 4cm x 9cm,

Acorns – 4cm x 8cm.