Classes

The Embroiderers’ Guild ACT presents a range of classes each year. Most of these are open to members of the public.  Members of the Guild receive a discount on fees however.

To enrol in a class please complete an enrolment form Guild Classes Form and either email, fax or mail to the Treasurer.  A deposit of 50% is payable on enrolment and the balance is due three weeks before the class commences. For any given class, enrolment closes either when the class is full or three weeks before commencement, whichever is earlier.

All guild classes are held in the rooms at 100 Maitland St, Hackett.

Fees cover the cost of tuition.  Where kits are available from tutors, the cost of kit is to be paid direct to the tutor at the class, not to the guild.  Please be aware that you will have to have your own basic sewing supplies and that most classes have a requirements list.  If a kit is provided by a tutor, purchase will usually be required to allow class participation. 

If you have enrolled in a class but are unable to attend, please notify the guild immediately.  There may be a waiting list and the guild may find someone to fill your place.  Refunds are not generally available for cancellations within three weeks of class commencement.

This page contains information on classes for adults and the policy for classes can be found here.  For information on the Young Stitchers’ program and School Holiday classes see the Young Stitchers page

2022 Classes

Improv Embroidery (Freehand Florals) with Carol Cooke

22-23 October 2022

Cost: members $120; non-members $150

Class kit: $60 – includes book Improv Embroidery; $10 if you already have the book

This class is about exploring new ways of using traditional stitches. Carol is the author of Improv Embroidery, a place of mindfulness, exploration and creative escape.

In the class students will create their own freehand florals using simple techniques to draw small flowers, playing with colour and stitch combinations.

The kit cost includes fabric, thread and instructions. Attendees will pay the tutor separately for the kit on the day of the class.

The class will be held at the Embroiderers’ Guild of the ACT Inc rooms at 100 Maitland Street, Hackett. Classes run from 10:00am – 4:00pm

Schwalm Whitework with Deborah Love

29-30 October 2022

Cost: members $120; non-members $150; class kit $30

Class attendees will stitch this lovely Schwalm Flowers design.

Deborah is an experienced tutor from Queensland who has published designs in the inspirations and held classes at Beating Around the Bush.

The kit cost includes fabric, thread and instructions. Attendees will pay the tutor separately for the kit on the first day of the class.

The class will be held at the Embroiderers’ Guild of the ACT Inc rooms at 100 Maitland Street, Hackett. Classes run from 10:00am – 4:00pm each day.

Classes already held this year

Japanese Bead Class ‘Macaron Magic’ with Merrilyn Whittle

23-24 April

This class will be teaching Japanese Beadwork and is based on the ‘Macaron Magic’ project which was published in Inspirations Magazine Vol. 111.


The Art of Stitch with Barbara Mullan – rescheduled

Art of the Stitch class example 1
Art of the stitch class example 2

11-12 June, 2022

Cost: members $125; non-members $145

Discover how traditional embroidery stitches can be changed by playing with them. Widen, shrink, lengthen, rotate, change direction and attach with stitches such as chain, herringbone, fly and buttonhole. Explore how embroidery stitches can be used to create texture, design and impact. This workshop is about experimenting with the traditional to create the contemporary. Small embroidery pieces will be created.

Box construction workshop with Pat Bootland

25-26 June 2022

Cost: members $40, non-members $50

Pat is running a class for those who are interested in making a box to show off a pieces of their embroidery, especially one that has been lying around for ages and you need something to do with it! As the dimensions and style of boxes will vary, we will be running a planning session with Pat.

Boxes can be made quite basic, or more complex and will be based on the instructions in the book “Hand Stitched Boxes” by Meg Evans, depending on your experience and your preferences.

The introductory session held on 19th March 9:30-12 will enable you to select the most appropriate style of box to suit your embroidery. It will also assist you to gather other things you need like fabric for lining and covering the box that will not be covered by the embroidery. Plastic template material will be provided if required, participants will need to acquire the materials they will need for the box construction (e.g. fabric for the box and lining).

Thread Painting with Di Kirchner

5 August 2022

Cost: members $75; non-members $85; class kit $45

Have you always wanted to try thread painting or still find it a bit tricky?

Di Kirchner is teaching this lovely design of gum leaves and blossoms.

The kit cost includes fabric, thread and instructions. Attendees will pay the tutor separately for the kit on the day of the class.

Crewelwork with Di Kirchner

6-7 August, 2022

Cost: members $120; non-members $150; class kit $95

Class attendees will stitch a beautiful panel of flowers in either pink or blue as shwon.

The kit cost includes fabric, thread and instructions. Attendees will pay the tutor separately for the kit on the first day of the class.

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