The Embroiderers’ Guild ACT, 100 Maitland Street Hackett

Do you want to learn to stitch or knit? Have you ever wanted to try a new technique or fibre craft? Come along to our Holiday themed Make and Take Day to learn a new skill and make new friends.

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Make a new ornament, a small gift or other keepsake. Various projects are available, including:

  • Cross stitch
  • Hardanger counted work
  • Brazilian embroidery
  • Tassel making(morning only)
  • Knitting
  • Crochet

There will also be a learn to knit session for those with no prior experience of knitting and a choice of beginners’ stitching projects.

Sessions run from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Come along for Image of Hardanger embroideryone session or stay all day and double the fun!

Cost will be for kits only.







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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 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.  For information on the Young Stitchers’ program and School Holiday classes see the Young Stitchers page

2019 Classes

Brazilian embroidery: Garden Party with Delma Moore (VIC)

Image of Brazilian EmbroideryImage of Brazilian Embroidery - Partial30-31 March 2019

10.00am – 4.00pm each day

The flowers in this beautiful design are exquisitely presented through the Brazilian style of embroidery.  Suitable for those with some experience of Brazilian embroidery as Delma will be guiding you through some more advanced stitching techniques.

Fees:  Members $130.00 & Non-members $150.00. Kit $68. Note this is a discounted kit price for students in this workshop.

Hussif in Chicken Scratch with Lynette Crowther (NZ)

Image of Chicken Scratch Embroidery FoldedImage of Chicken Scratch Embroidery Unfolded12-13 July 2019

10:00am-4:00pm each day

Lynette will teach you the basics of chicken scratch and show you the design potential of this technique using simple stitches and colours to create an amazing and useful hussif sewing kit to hold all your stitching supplies.

Fees Members $110 & Non-members $130, plus kit

Estense Embroidery Pincushion with Christine P Bishop (SA)

Image of Estense Embroidery17-18 August 2019

10:00am-4:00pm each day

This large pincushion is worked on 38 count ecru Italian linen. The design can be easily adapted to a cushion if you wish to work a larger project. Worked with stranded cottons this type of embroidery is similar to Colbert embroidery, however, with Estense embroidery it is the opposite in that the design is worked in surface stitches and filled with counted stitches. The flower design is taken from stone work decoration on the front of a building in Hobart.  The original designs were based upon Majolica pottery from the northern Italian region of Ferrara. Finished size of pincushion is 16cm x 16 cm. Stitches used include buttonhole, stem, chain, faggot and running stitch. Suitable for intermediate to advanced embroiderers.

Fees: Members$145 & Non-members$165.  Kit cost $20.

Introduction to Crewelwork: Blue Elegance or Autumn Gold with Anna Scott (SA)

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19-20 October 2019

10:00am -4:00pm each day

Learn the basics of crewel embroidery as you stitch your choice of these beautiful beginners’ crewel projects with renowned teacher Anna Scott.

Fees: Members $130 & Non-members 150.

2018 Classes Completed

Want to learn to stitch?

In previous years the guild has run a Stitch a Month classes program.  In 2018 the Guild will run Stitch a Month as a part of the weekly meetings held Monday mornings and evenings.  Participation in this program is open to all Guild members who want to learn or explore new uses of stitches. Beginners are welcome to join this group.

Gary Clarke Tasmanian Screech Owl Organza embroidery

16-17 November 2018, 10:00-4:00 both days

$130 members; $150 non members

From Gary Clarke ‘This project is an exercise in minimalism. Each stitch in this design has a purpose.  It is dark and sketchy to give a fleeting look at this nocturnal creature.  In the wild it can be heard soon after night fall, its blood curdling screech letting you know it is about. It is worked with one strand of 6 stranded cotton on stretched organza base.  The colours are muted and earthy mimicking its habitat.  Project size is 12” by 12”.’

Estimated kit cost ~$70. Kit contains, organza, work frame, thread, needles, instructions, metal disk and DVD.









Gary Clarke Tunbridge Ware box

Thursday 15 November 2018, 10:0 to 4:00

Cost members $75; non members $95

From Gary Clarke ‘ Tunbridge Ware was a decorative inlaid woodwork, England 18th-19th centuries. The top is made up of a combination of simple stitches strategically placed to form the birds.  The drawers are the Tunbridge influence worked in cross stitch.  In the original the each cross is a different colour, in the class the student will be given the choice to make a variegated thread, this will make the stitching quicker.  As a one day class the birds will be taught as a priority, the drawers might be started by quicker students.  There will be enough instructions and final guidance in class to complete at home.’

Estimated kit cost~$70. Contains flat pack, thread, needle, instructions, DVD








Delma Moore Wildflower Medley (Brazilian)

28-29 July 2018, 10:00-4:00 both days

Cost: Members $130; non members $150

Create this beautiful Brazilian embroidery at the Embroiderers’ Guild in July 2018.  Prior experience with Brazilian embroidery advisable.

Kit price $95

Robyn Duncan Cords and Tassels for Guild members

Saturday 26 May, 9.30 – 12.00.  Cost $5 including morning tea.  In this encounter Session, you will learn how to embellish your work with cords and tassels.  The sign up sheet is on the Classes Board in the Guild rooms.

“Put it together day” for Guild members

Monday 28th May, 10.00 – 4.00.  Yes, this is a Public Holiday but the Guild rooms will be open for this special session on finishing items that you have stitched but not yet assembled.  Experienced Guild members will be on hand to provide guidance.  Bring your own sewing machine or use the one available (but, if you need a special colour, then bring your own machine thread, preferably Guterman).

Cost: A gold coin donation for lunch of soup with a bread roll.

Jan Pilgrim Mountmellick White Canopy

17-18 March 2018, 10:00-4:00 both days

Cost Members $120; non members $145

Celebrate St Patrick’s day by learning the Irish art of Mountmellick embroidery at the Embroiderers’ Guild!  In the process create your own fabulous wall hanging.

Estimated kit cost $95. Some stitching experience desirable.






Jan Pilgrim Stumpwork Mt Blanc Lily

20-21 March 2018, 10:00-4:00 both days

Cost members $120; non members $145

Learn how to create this beautiful stumpwork lily at the Embroiderers’ Guild in March 2018.

Estimated kit cost $75.  Some stitching experience desirable.








 Dorothy Clee Machine embroidery


21-22 April 2018, 10:00-4:00 both days

Cost Members $130; non members $150

Choice of projects: Landscape or Pet Head

Create your own masterpiece in machine embroidery at the Embroiderers’ Guild in April 2018.

Must have own sewing machine.


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