SIT & STITCH - Saturday Afternoons
On Saturday afternoons we open the shop for Sit & Stitch. This is your opportunity to bring along a current project, or to start a new one and then take time out to stitch in the company of others. We are there to help, and answer questions but no tuition is provided. Come and join us in our inspiring and relaxing workspace, we are limited by size (max 8), so bookings are essential. Cost per person is $10.

To find out more and make a booking, contact the shop on 9498 6831.

SIT & STITCH - Wednesday Mornings with Tutor Yvette Stanton
On set  Wednesday morning's during school term we now have the talented Yvette Stanton as our 'resident tutor'. Yvette is a well respected international tutor and author of many specialist needlework books, including the much loved Embroiderers Companion in both 'Left' and 'Right' Hand editions.

If you have a project that you need some help on or would just like to stitch in the company of others, then this may be the perfect group for you. Yvette will be there to answer your questions, provide guidence, and encouragement when necessary! Come and join us for a morning each week to get that project underway or completed. We are limited by size (max 6), so bookings are essential. Tuition must be pre-paid for the full term.
We have just added classes over the summer holiday period: 6 December 2017 - 31 January 2018             
Term 1  2018: 21 February - 11 April (8 weeks) $160
Term 2  2018: Yvette is unavailable, due to the launch of her new book and teaching commitments.
Term 3 & 4 - dates to be confirmed.
To find out more and make a booking, contact the shop on 9498 6831.


Slow Stitching Workshop with textile artist, Lisa Mattock
Workshops are held over two weeks or one full day - Saturday,

Dates for 2018 worshops:
Friday 16 & 23 March
Friday 18 & 25 May
Saturday 26 May

Friday 30 & 20 July
Saturday 21 July
Friday 14 & 21 September
Saturday 29 September.

10.00am - 12.30pm each day
Cost: $150.00 per person, includes full kit, tuition and morning tea.

Come and join textile artist Lisa Mattock as she shares with you the art of 'slow stitching'. You will create a whimsical textile pieces that can be framed or turned into a bag or cushion. You will draw inspiration from Japanese stitching methods of Boro and Sashiko with a mixture of repurposed, recycled, inherited and vintage textiles.

A full kit is provided on the day.

The workshop is held in-store, so places are limited. Be quick if you would like to learn a new skill or just spend an enjoyable couple of mornings with like minded creatives. Call the shop on (02) 9498 6831 to book.



Details of our 2018 Workshops are currently being finalised and will be released very soon. Please ensure that you register for our newsletter to keep up to date with our latest workshops and classes.

Alison Snepp

SAL Advanced Stitches Workshop: 3 - 4 February 2018
“17th Century English Spot Sampler” by The Essamplaire

This is a delightful sampler that will be a good challenge for embroiderers who enjoy embroidering interesting and unusual samplers.

Embroiderers attending this workshop will be guided through the sampler and its unusual stitches so that by the end of the weekend each will feel that she has the skills required to complete her needlework project.

Ottoman Metal Threads Embroidery: 10 - 11 March 2018
While I was in Turkey at the end of 2015 I was fortunate to find some silver broad plate thread that is still occasionally used for metal thread embroidery.  The style of embroidery in this new project is that used in the Ottoman Empire. 

This embroidery is counted thread techniques using traditional Ottoman stitches (the project is not cross stitch).  It uses Au Ver à Soie d’Alger silk thread highlighted with the silver broad plate.  The fabric is 28-count soft (undressed) linen.  Alison has made the small piece we will work in class into a pocket book (embroidery size 37cm x 15cm and 10.5cm x 15cm when folded up).  The small pocket book that is suitable for keeping many small notions safe and sound.

This project will not be offered for long, as Alison has a limited amount of the broad plate!  There is no preparation to be done prior to the workshop as the workshop folio includes the prepared 28-count linen and the silver broad plate for the embroidery.

Cretan Embroidery: 26 - 27 May 2018
The embroidery of Crete has a rich tradition.  It uses surface stitches with silk thread to make wide borders that were often used around the hem of the traditional Cretan skirt borders.

Students attending the workshop will learn the traditional stitches of these decorative designs.  We use DMC Stranded Cotton thread on natural coloured Strathaven linen fabric for this surface stitchery style of embroidery.  Students have the choice of working either a monochromatic or multi-coloured colour scheme.

The completed embroidery is approximately 39 cm x 18cm.  Alison has made her embroidery into an apron that is similar in design to a traditional Greek apron.  Students may choose to make their completed embroidery into a cylindrical drawstring bag, a cushion or a bolster.

The workshop is suitable for students with some experience of surface stitchery embroidery.  The design needs to be transferred onto the linen prior to the workshop.

Threads and Beyond: a Journey of Discovery, Lecture - 2 hours: 16 or 17 June 2018

Have your ever walked into a needlework shop and been confronted by a riot of colour, texture and variety of threads, but have felt daunted because you haven’t known what threads to choose and how to use them?

Well, our “Threads and Beyond: A Journey of Discovery” lecture is an exploration of threads and is just what you need!

Alison Snepp will guide you through the extensive range of threads that we offer at The Crewel Gobelin.  She will talk of how to use them, the characteristics of the different types of threads and which techniques they are suitable for.  We are confident that you will leave the shop feeling inspired by colour and texture and excited with the opportunity to broaden the horizons of your embroidery.

And just to enthuse you even more, all attendees will be given a goodie bag containing some surprises to take your inspiration even further.

Couturier's Chatelaine: 28 - 29 July 2018
More details to follow.

Turkish Needleweaving: 3 - 4 November 2018
More details to follow.

Margaret Light

The Tree of Life Panel: Four Saturdays; 17 February, 19 May, 30 June and 18 August
Hand painted chintzes from India appeared in Western Europe in the early 1600’s. Their brilliantly coloured motifs of exotic flowers and foliage, animals and birds, often adorned a Tree of Life emerging from rocky hillocks. The designs fired the imaginations of textile designers, printers and embroiderers throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries. 

The fusion of earlier Jacobean crewel embroidery designs with Indian and Chinese influences, resulted in the craze for “Chinoiserie”, which swept through Western Europe in the 18th C.
Students will explore a variety of interesting stitches using Appletons and Gumnut Yarns crewel wools, in the rich colours associated with the early Chintzes. 

The project is suitable for framing or hanging, or may be worked as two separate pieces, which could be used for furnishings, cushions, bags or box coverings.
Design size 36 x 73 cm
Experience level  - Advanced

Floral Sprigged Needlefold: 2 - 3 June 2018

A delightful needlefold that features the blooms popular in 17th and 18th Century Embroidery - Irises, Carnations and Bluebells. The project is worked on a natural self striped herringbone linen with silk perle threads and is bound in a hand dyed ribbon. The interior is designed for the storage of your needlework accessories.

Embroidered Scarf: 4 - 5 August

Yvette Stanton
Hardanger Panel: 17 - 18 March
Approximately 9.5 x 9.5cm
Level: Intermediate

This workshop reintroduces early-style Hardanger, using linen thread on linen fabric. Originally, Hardanger was meant to emulate lace. It was worked on a much smaller scale than many are used to, with linen thread on linen fabric. While traditionally, Hardanger was worked on up to 55 count linen, we will be working on 35 count linen. Make sure you have lighting and magnification if you think there is ANY chance you might need it. The panel could be framed, or made into a pincushion, cushion, biscornu, needle book etc. There will be some preparatory work required before class, so students need to know how to properly stitch kloster blocks. This is not a class for Hardanger beginners.

Smoyg Band Sampler: 15 - 16 September
Approximately 60 x 12cm
Level: suits all levels of expertise

This band sampler bell pull introduces the patterns and colours of Norwegian pattern darning, known as smøyg. With 10 different bands, the patterns are taken from historical examples of smøyg, from various regions and traditions across the south of Norway. Some bands use wool and others use silk. While traditional Norwegian pattern darning would have been worked on up to 55 count linen, this project uses 35 count linen.

Sarah Fielke
Embroidered Wool Blanket: Six Fridays spread over three months
April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25, June 8 & 22.

More information and workshops will be added over the coming months.


Classes at The Crewel Gobelin are limited in size so if you are interested please secure your spot with a deposit to avoid disappointment. We are happy to take expressions of interest when a class is being developed, but once a class has been finalised and is open for enrolments your place is not guaranteed without full or part payment. Bookings can be made by phone, email or in person.

If a class is cancelled by The Crewel Gobelin all tuiton fees paid will be refunded. If a student is unable to attend a class and their place is unable to be filled from a waiting list, the deposit paid may not be refunded.

Please note that the projects and designs taught at The Crewel Gobelin and available for sale in kits (all or part thereof) remain the property of the designer/ teacher and cannot be reproduced or taught without their permission.

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