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.
·         Term 1 - 22 February – 31 March (6 sessions) $120
·         Term 2 – 3 May – 7 June (6 sessions) $120
·         Term 3 – 2 August – 6 September (6 sessions) $120
·         Term 4 – 11 October – 15 November (6 sessions) $120
To find out more and make a booking, contact the shop on 9498 6831.



11 - 12 March 2017: Samite Sampler (Spot Sampler)

Alison has worked a spot style sampler using motifs and a number of different counted thread techniques of 4th, 5th and 6th century embroideries from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Another amazing teaching piece from Alison that measures 21 cm x 21 cm. The sampler is worked on 30 count linen using Gumnut 'Buds' silks and DMC cottons in characteristic colours. Students need some experience of counted thread embroidery on linen for this workshop.


20 - 21 May 2017: Pashtun Embroidery

Pashtun embroidery is worked by the Pashtun people of Afghanistan. The women love the shine of gold and silver and make little purses in which to keep makeup or perhaps a mirror, a watch or some jewellery. It is metal thread embroidery that often includes mirrors and characteristic turquoise blue beaded trims.

Students attending this workshop will make a small purse using the traditional metal thread couching style of this type of embroidery.  

Students do not need experience of metal thread embroidery for this workshop, which is suitable for all levels of embroiderer.


15 - 16 July 2017: Dodecanese Bag

The Greek Dodecanese islands are in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey.  The islands have a rich tradition of embroidery and one of the most spectacular items is the bed tent known as a sperveri.  The tent is made up of a number of embroidered panels.  They were made between 1700 and 1750.

Students attending this workshop will learn the padded Rhodian cross stitch which was used on these large embroideries.  Alison has used Gumnut Yarns Stars stranded silk for her embroidery.  Students may choose to use the same thread, or they may choose a mixture of Stars and Stranded Cotton, or even just Stranded Cotton.

The embroidery is worked on Danish Handcraft Guild Linen 12U.  This is unbleached 30-count linen.

The embroidery is made into a pouch-style bag that folds up well and is a useful size to use as a stitching bag.  After the embroidery is complete it is lined and closed with a zipper.  The workshop is suitable for embroiderers with experience of working counted thread embroidery on evenweave linen. 


4 - 5 November 2017: Thracian Embroidery

Thrace is in the northeast of Greece.  It shares borders with Turkey and Bulgaria and has been traversed by trade routes for centuries.  So Thracian embroidery tradition is rich and varied, yet it has distinct characteristics.  Both counted thread and surface stitchery techniques are significant.  

In this project Alison is inspired by the traditional embroidery worked on the ends of towels.  The counted thread techniques used include geometric satin stitch, double running stitch and pulled and drawn thread work.  The edge of the embroidery is finished with an unusual fringe.  

The embroidery is worked on evenweave linen (either 28-, 30 or 32-count is suitable) with DMC Stranded Cotton and a touch of gold metal thread (included with the workshop folio).

Alison has made her embroidery into a needlework roll, but students may make their own embroidery into table linen or a towel as they prefer.  This project is suitable for intermediate to advanced embroiderers who have experience of counted thread embroidery on linen fabric. 



19 - 20 August 2017: Blackbird Needlecase Workshop

Stylized pastoral and hunting scenes appeared frequently throughout the decorative arts in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Embroidered examples can be found in samplers, tapestries and surface embroidery. 

The Blackbird Needlecase features typical flowers and foliage and a pair of nesting blackbirds in an oak tree. A pair of dogs chase butterflies and bees across the hillocks filled with a variety of counted, laid and surface stitches. The needlecase is worked with a combination of silk and cotton threads. 

This project is suitable for experienced stitchers. Comprehensive embroidery, stitching and making up instructions are provided by the tutor.




18 March 2017: Threads & Beyond - Alison Snepp (1.00pm - 2.30pm)

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between different types of threads, how they can be used and which techniques they are suitable for. This is an opportunity to take a tour around the shop, examine the different threads, fabrics and needlework tools available to you. We are confident that you will leave the shop feeling inspired and ready to broaden your embroidery horizons.
An interactive talk with bonus goodie bag.

There will be four talks in 2017, others to follow are:

- Linens and Fabrics for Embroidery
- Needlework Tools
- Tips and Techniques for Mastering your Needlecraft

Further details and dates will be available soon.


Classes at The Crewel Gobelin are limited to 8-12 people 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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