Every year the Guild hosts a program of workshops with interstate, international and local tutors.  We aim to cover a mix of techniques, traditional and contemporary. Most workshops are open to members of the public but Guild members receive substantial discounts on enrolment fees.

This page contains information on classes for adults.  For information on the Young Stitchers’ program and School Holiday classes see the Young Stitchers page

Workshops and Classes for 2017

All workshops and classes are held in the Guild rooms at 100 Maitland Street Hackett ACT 2602.

Requirements lists and course information are sent to students who are confirmed as enrolled in a course.


Classes Enrolment Form:  guild-classes-form-2017

To enrol in a course or workshop, please complete an enrolment form and email or send to the Treasurer. A deposit of 50% is required to reserve a place with the balance due 3 weeks before the course commences.

If a course is fully booked or the Guild cancels a course refunds will be paid. If you are unable to attend a course please notify the Guild as soon as possible, as it may be possible to fill the place from a waiting list. There is no refund for missed classes in a course.

Please note there is a 2.0% surcharge on credit card and Paypal payments.

When kits are provided by tutors, payment is to be made to the tutor, not the Guild.

 Short Session Encounters

Encounter with Canvaswork with Prue Deacon (ACT)

14 October 2017

10.00am – 4.00pm

This class will introduce you to the basics of canvaswork: canvas & frames, threads & needles, designs & stitches. Examples will be shown of different designs, both freeform and block. You will learn how to choose stitches to match a design. As a project, you will work on a “knot garden” to create a sampler of stitches.

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Fees: Members $30.00 & Non-members $45.00

There will be a small charge for a piece of canvas.

Enrolment closes on 22 September 2017

2017 Visiting Tutors

Creative needlepoint with Robert Capes (VIC)

18-19 November 2017

10.00am – 4.00pm each day

Explore your creative side as Robert helps you to translate your design to canvas and guides you in creating your own masterpiece. Some stitching experience necessary.

Fees:  Members $140.00 & Non-members $170.00.

Enrolment closes on 27 October 2017.


2017 Courses with Guild Tutors

Cord and Tassel making with Robyn Duncan (ACT) 

More details to come.

Stitch a Month with Robyn Duncan (ACT) – CLASS FULL

Do you know someone who wants to learn to stitch?  Do you want to improve your stitching and learn more about using stitches creatively?  Stitch a Month is a course designed to teach the basics of all major stitching groups and to guide you through the creative process of making your own tablet or journal cover.

The tablet and journal cover will be a sampler of stitches learnt during the year and the journal/tablet will contain your notes and be a continuing record of your embroidery journey.

2nd Saturday of the month, commencing 11 February 2017 and ending 11 November 2017.

Classes are held from 1.30 to 3.30 pm.

Suitable for beginners and for those wanting to improve their stitch techniques.

Cost $100 for year. Individual sessions $15.

Enrolments due by 2 February 2017.

Program is:

11 Feb 2017        Preparation and Running Stitch 8 July 2017           Couching
11 March 2017   Discussion of Copyright and                Buttonhole Stitch 12 August 2017   Sorbello Stitch
1 April 2017                         Knotted Stitches 9 Sept 2017         Stem Stitch
13 May 2017                       Chain Stitch 14 Oct 2017         Feather Stitch
10 June 2017                      Fly Stitch 11 Nov 2017        Crossed Stitches


2017 Classes Completed

Fungi or Forest Floor – Jan Pilgrim (NSW). CLASS COMPLETED

29 and 30 March 2017. A mixed technique project suitable for intermediate to advanced stitchers. Create a three dimensional scene with exotic fungi and textured stitching to recreate a natural forest scene.


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Christmas Rose – All level Goldwork – Jan Pilgrim (NSW)  CLASS COMPLETED

1 and 2 April 2017. This beautiful Christmas Rose project is suitable for beginners and others interested in goldwork.   Learn the basics of goldwork while creating a beautiful Christmas rose picture. Some stitching experience necessary.


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Encounter with Brazilian with Sharon Burrell and Elvi McCann (ACT)  CLASS COMPLETED

8 April 2017. Learn the basics of Brazilian embroidery and the handling of Brazilian work threads in this one day introductory workshop.  You will create a decorative pincushion. Some stitching experience necessary.









Beautiful Viola with Lorna Loveland (ACT)   CLASS COMPLETED

April May 2017. Over three sessions you will explore the basics of stumpwork and create a delightful three dimensional picture of a viola. Suitable for beginners to stumpwork.

Casalguidi with Pat Bootland (ACT) – CLASS COMPLETED

May/June 2017. This class will introduce you to the Italian counted work of Casalguidi. You will learn background filling stitches and various counted and raised surface stitches, creating a scene with an abundant tree over several sessions. Some stitching experience necessary.


Christmas Bells with Delma Moore (NSW). CLASS COMPLETED

29-30 July 2017. Christmas Bells – Beginners’ Brazilian Embroidery plus one advanced project for the adventurous (advanced project to be determined). Festoons of brightly coloured gold and red bell flowers make this beautiful Christmas themed piece one you will treasure for years. Suitable for beginners to Brazilian embroidery. Brazilian embroidery enthusiasts who are prepared to work on a more advanced project may also attend this workshop.



A Modern Crewel with Susan Porter (NSW) – CLASS CANCELLED

26-27 August 2017. Learn modern crewel work with this delightful piece. The modern styled floral scene with green and blue tones would make a wonderful box cover. Suitable for beginners to crewel work.