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  2018: 21 February - 11 April (8 weeks) $160
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:
Friday 18 & 25 May
Saturday 26 May - FULLY BOOKED

Friday 20 July - Christmas Workshop
Saturday 21 July - Christmas Workshop
Friday 21 & 28 September - Wreath Workshop
Saturday 29 September - Wreath 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 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

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:
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: 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: 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

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

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.


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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