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.



Saturday 1 July 2017: Pattern Darning Workshop
Tuiton Cost: $125.00 (one day)

This is our second workshop to introduce the pattern darning technique and stitches used in our 2017 SAL sampler - Albertine Guiraud by Reflets de Soie. Alison will provide comprehensive notes and an insight into the fascinating history of pattern darning samplers. Work directly on your sampler or a separate piece of linen.

15 - 16 July 2017: Dodecanese Bag
Tuition Cost: $250.00 (two days)

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. 


16-17 September 2017: Berlin Woolwork Sampler Workshop
Tuiton Cost: $250.00 (two days)

The Berlin Woolwork Sampler designed by Darlene O'Steen of The Needle's Prayse has recently been re released by Needle WorkPress. This magnificent sampler incorporates 106 motifs worked in various counted stitches. Charted in nine parts it is a significant undertaking, and can be daunting to start.

In this workshop Alison will introduce you to the world of Berlin Woolwork, counted embroidery stitches (other than cross stitch) and the history of some of the motifs that appear in this stunning sampler. You will work through preparing your linen, the layout and various stitches, used in the sampler. This is an opportunity to benefit from Alison's extensive experience with counted embroidery and working larger projects. The sampler chart(s) are purchased separately.

4 - 5 November 2017: Thracian Embroidery
Tuition Cost: $250.00 (two days)

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
Tuition Cost: $250.00 (two days)

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.



Saturday 29 July - Stretching Needlework for Framing
Tuition Cost: $75.00 (Saturay afternoon)

In this class you will learn how to stretch needlework for framing with high quality materials and techniques that mean the embroidery will be completely recoverable (not damaged in any way). You will learn from an experienced needleworker, picture framer and teacher of picture framing.

Bring a small (up to 30cm x 30cm) completed needlework with you. You will learn how to stretch and lace it over foamcore board so that it is straight and taut. At the conclusion of this class, you should have a beautifully stretched needlework ready for a frame.



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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