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FESTIVE STITCHING  – Slow Stitching Weekend with Lisa Mattock of Forage and The Crewel Gobelin. 

Come and join us for a weekend of ‘slow’ stitching with textile artist Lisa Mattock and The Crewel Gobelin team. Our destination is the scenic town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands, just over an hour’s drive south of Sydney. What a great opportunity to relax, unwind and be creative with like-minded stitchers.

The retreat projects have been designed by Lisa and Julie and incorporate interesting new designs available only to participants of the workshop. Be inspired by their creative flair, using recycled and vintage fabrics, various hand stitching techniques, treasured laces, linen, threads and other special trims.  

There will be a lot to achieve in this workshop so you may not get your festive items completely finished but we will ensure that you know all the techniques and skills necessary so you can hand finish your projects at home.  

Dates: 21-22 July 2018
Destination: Berida Hotel, Bowral
Cost: $380 per person which includes morning tea and lunch each day and a full workshop kit*

Saturday Evening: We are planning a relaxed dinner on the Saturday night, for those participants who would like to join us.  

Accommodation: The Berida Hotel has special accommodation packages for either 1 or 2 nights. Please contact us or the venue directly for more information. You can explore all that the Berida Hotel has to offer here. Alternatively there is a vast range and variety of accommodation available in the area, which you can find through travel websites and local accommodation agencies.

* The workshop cost does not include accommodation or dinner on Saturday evening.

To find out more and researve your place, contact the shop on 9498 6831.


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 2  2018:  23 and 30 May, 6, 14 and 27 June and 4 July (no class on 20 June) - 6 weeks $120
Term 3: 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August, 5, 12 and 19 September - 8 weeks $160
Term 4: 24 and 31 October, 7, 14, 21 and 28 November, 5 and 12 December - 8 weeks $160

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:

Saturday & Sunday 21-22 July - Festive Workshop Retreat

Friday 21 & 28 September - Wreath Workshop
Saturday 29 September - Christmas Workshop 

10.00am - 12.30pm each day, two day Friday workshops
10.00am - 3.00pm Saturdays
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 piece that can be framed or turned into a bag or cushion. You will draw inspiration from the 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.




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Alison Snepp

THREADS AND BEYOND - A Journey of Discovery, Lecture - 2 hours:
Saturday 16 June - FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 17 June - Spots still available.

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:
Date: Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th July 2018

Seamstresses working for couturiers in the French ateliers use a different kind of chatelaine to that with which we are familiar.  They don’t want their scissors hanging where they may pierce or cut expensive fabrics, so the scissors are held safely within a pocket that is worn around the neck.

Students attending this workshop will make a chatelaine in this style using 28-count checked evenweave linen and DMC Stranded Cotton.  The techniques are interesting forms of counted thread and surface stitchery embroidery.

Students need some experience of counted thread embroidery prior to doing this workshop.  There is some preparation to be done before the class.

Turkish Needleweaving:
Date: 3 - 4 November 2018


Worked from a design found in an old photograph, this project incorporates withdrawn thread and needleweaving techniques. Nickmaned the 'tacking' sampler there is a significant amount of prepartion required pior to the workshop.

Students will work on either 35 count Edinburgh Linen or 32 count Belfast Linen to produce a mat which is heavily stitched with embroidery of varied and interesting textures.

Margaret Light

Leaves and Pods
Date: 4 - 5 August 2018

Enjoy the pleasure of wearing your own hand embroidered linen scarf. This beautiful piece is worked on stonewashed linen and incorporates a whimsical floral design. Different threads, stitches and techniques make this an interesting and enjoyable piece to create. Finished with hand dyed ribbon this is a new design from the talented Marg Light.

Two colour ways to choose from: Nude and Steel Grey.

Suitable for students who wish to build on their existing embroidery skills.

Beginners Embroidery Workshop - Lotus Scarf

Date: Saturday, 25 August 2018

Suitable for beginners who would like to gain a knowledge of basic embroidery stitches.


Yvette Stanton

Smoyg Band Sampler:
Date: 15 - 16 September 2018

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.


Nicola Jarvis - MasterClass

“The Butterfly Garden - Modern Swete Bag”

The Crewel Gobelin Workshop is a new project – The Butterfly Garden; a modern take on a Swete Bag. Currently in Nicola’s hoop the design has been printed onto a cotton/ linen fabric and is being stitched/ embellished with silks, coloured metal threads, beads and sequins. 

Level: Suitable for experienced stitchers, must have existing knowledge of embroidery stitches.

Workshop Details:

Date: Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2018

Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm each day
Cost: $350 per person (does not include project kit)
Includes: Morning tea, yummy lunch and tuition.


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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