Classes 2022

Classes will be held Friday 25th – Sunday 27th March 2022 at Orewa College, Riverside Road, Orewa. You can download the print brochure.

1. Jane MacDonald: Sashiko Japanese embroidery including Kogin, Hitomezashi and Boro

Sashiko

In this class you will learn the four techniques described below.

The sashiko stitch was originally used to mend and reinforce cloth but has evolved into a decorative stitching technique. Sashiko has become popular because of its elegant, bold and meditative quality, plus it is easy to do.

Techniques covered will include transferring designs onto fabric and how to achieve the ‘grain of rice’ stitches following simple principles. Samples will be made, with participants choosing from dragonfly, reeds-on-water or blossom-on-water patterns.

Hitomezashi

Hitomezashi (one stitch patterns) will be introduced, including a hydrangea flower pattern (Ajisai) made up into a pincushion or coaster using Kugurisashi weaving techniques, and a pattern brooch using rice stitch (Komezashi).

Kogin

Kogin embroidery will be introduced. Kogin developed from sashiko and is a counted thread technique with traditional simple repeat geometric patterns. Techniques for kogin embroidery will be taught while making a sample that could be made up into a pincushion or coaster.

Boro

The boro technique will also be introduced and used to make sample coasters. Boro translates from the Japanese as ‘rag’ and is a utilitarian technique used to describe textiles such as patched clothing, bags, bedding and household items, which have added patches and stitches to keep articles useful and warm. Throughout the two days a range of samples of all of these techniques will be on display.

Jane MacDonald

Jane MacDonald comes from Lismore, NSW, Australia. She has been interested in Japanese textiles and crafts for over twenty years, developing a specialty in the craft of sashiko stitching and design. Initially drawn to the quality and detail in the workmanship of Japanese textiles, Jane now teaches sashiko extensively throughout Australia and internationally. 

Jane is renowned as a patient teacher who is diligent in providing an enjoyable learning environment for all levels and abilities. Jane likes to inspire students with original ideas and techniques in the gentle craft of sashiko, branching into other forms including one stitch sashiko, boro-inspired designs and kogin stitching.

Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost: $220
Kit Cost:
For all projects there will be a full list of class requirements provided and also, as an option, an itemized kit available for purchase in class. For each class project the kit has the core class requirements. Participants have the option of bringing all of their own materials or buying a kit and just bringing the necessary additional items that are not in the kit.

Sashiko Basics KitAUD$24.00
Hydrangea pincushion/ coaster and brooch kitAUD$28.00
Kogin red pin cushion kitAUD$18.50
Boro coaster kitAUD$30.00

(New Zealand prices for kits will be with your needs list)

2. Dianne Fisher: Spot Motif Sampler

Size Embroidered area 13.5 x 22.5 cm
Class level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost: $220.00
Kit Cost: AUD$27.00 Kit will include notes and thread. NB It will be necessary to purchase additional threads. (New Zealand price for kit will be with your needs list).

Class preparation: Specified threads and linen will need to be purchased prior to the class.
–  Pre-tacking of vertical and horizontal centre lines, as well as an overall grid of tacking lines.
– Linen will need to be prepared stretched onto a frame.

This spot motif sampler has stitch samples and details of 17th century geometric block patterns featuring carnations, grapes, strawberries, acorns and oak leaves. There are  41 stitches in all, worked in silk and metal threads.

The stitches include ladder stitch with different fillings, Elizabethan braid stitch, threaded and interlaced herringbone and straight stitches, Italian two-sided cross, Gobelin and plaited Gobelin, Montenegrin, reversible cross stitch, rococo or queen, Roman, Smyrna cross, spider webs, eyelets, vandyke and tent.

During the class, students will stitch a small section of each stitched area.

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Dianne Fisher Over the years Di has been interested in a whole range of embroidery techniques. Her fascination with the skill and inventiveness of the Elizabethan and Stuart embroiderers led to study trips to England, Scotland and Switzerland to explore and document English counted embroidery from 1200 to 1700 for an Advanced Certificate in Research and Embroidery. She is the curator of the Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Museum.

3. Heather Constantine: Hapsburg Lace Etui

Design Size:
Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost: $200.00
Photocopying Cost: $8.00

This etui is embroidered in what Heather describes as ‘her take on Hapsburg Lace’, using 28 or 32 count lambswool permin linen. The design uses eyelets, chain stitch, mosaic stitch, cross stitch and Smyrna crosses in a combination which leads to interesting textures and also gives the delicate effect of lace on a woven fabric. This creative use of basic stitches creates a special piece of embroidery which is also practical and useful.

All stitches will be taught in the class.

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Heather Contantine As a trained Home Economics teacher, Heather gets a great thrill seeing others enjoying embroidery and learning new skills. She has enjoyed many styles of embroidery for a number of years and this has led to teaching from her experience.

Her classes arise from her own designs using the techniques she likes and has experimented with over time.

4. Fiona Crowther-Aker: Creative Count

Design Size:  Size will vary according to thread count. For needle case on 18 count canvas – 6.5 x 8.5 cm
Class Level:  Suits all levels
Workshop Cost:  $200.00
Photocopying Cost: $20.00 for instruction book (incl postage)

This project can be a canvas work piece or worked on linen. It can be finished as a framed piece or can be made into a manicure case or needle/card case. By adding to the ends, it can also be made into a glasses case or pencil purse.

Students will need to bring own their own fabric and threads. An instruction book will be sent out in advance to guide class preparation, which will involve tent stitching the grid, exploring colours and threads and learning some stitches.

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Fiona Crowther-Aker says she is crazy about threads, stitching and designing and loves sharing what she does. Her mind is always busy with ideas for new projects! She loves taking her son to mountain bike events and sitting at the bottom of the hill in her deck chair, a coffee in the holder and stitching in hand, the sun on the mountains or snow on the hills.

5. Jo Dixey: Designing from Lace

Design Size:
Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost: $200.00

This workshop includes drawing but Jo says please don’t panic. To start you will draw small elements from a collection of lace pieces. These drawings will then be added together to produce a design.  Jo says she will hold your hand through this whole process so no stress.

Surface stitchery will then be used to create a white on white final stitched piece.

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Jo Dixey is a Royal School of Needlework trained embroiderer. She teaches small groups a variety of embroidery techniques and works on commissions which have included large altar cloths, university banners and work for the fashion and movie industries. She also repairs old embroideries. She holds exhibitions of her embroidered pieces every few years.

In 2017 Jo published her first book Stitch People, which was later re-released as Creative Thread. This is a 20 project journey through embroidery techniques. 

Jo’s work is held in private and public collections in New Zealand and overseas

 instagram @dixeysoul

dixeysoul@gmail.com

6. Margaret Douglas: Sea Shadow

Design Size:
Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost:     $200.00
Kit Cost:                   $45.00

Sea Shadow is a fun class where Margaret will go over a number of stumpwork techniques.  She will cover all of the elements and assembly in class, but you will not finish the piece.   You will be able to complete it while you dream of summer.    Bring along a few treasures you have found on the beach, or that your children/ grandchildren have given you to be worked into the piece, or just showcase your stitching. Make it your own.

Margaret Douglas lives on a lifestyle block in Franklin and along with the garden, stitching is her happy place. She stitches all genres, but has to say she is not really a traditional embroiderer. She is always trying new things (some only once), and will always try new-to-her techniques.  

She enjoys the whole process of designing her own pieces and passing on what she learns along the way.  She stitches what gladdens her heart. Some of her best moments in stitching and tutoring are when an embroiderer has a yahoo moment when they ‘get it’ with a technique being worked on.

7. Trish Hill: Triangular Gift Box

Size: Triangle sides are 10 – 11 cm
Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost: $200.00
Kit Cost: $15.00
Photocopying Charge: $10.00

This small triangular gift box is sewn in cross stitch.  The box opens out flat and is drawn together with a cord. It is stitched on 32 count permin, using DMC stranded threads.

During the weekend work will progress at each student’s pace.  Full notes are provided and construction will be discussed. Pre-cut board and fabric will be supplied as a kit.  

Students to choose fabric colour preference from Antique White, French Lace or Lambs Wool prior to class.

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Trish Hill has stitched and sewn for many years and her knowledge of embroidery has broadened since becoming a member of the Coromandel Embroiderers’ Guild.  

She enjoys designing her own traditional pieces with a modern outlook.  She particularly enjoys counted work and cross stitch.

8. Sue Lucas: Bleeding Heart

Design Size: 15 cm square
Class Level: Confident beginner to intermediate
Workshop Cost: $200.00
Kit Cost: $90.00

This 3-D piece is inspired by historical iconography and is created by using stumpwork, goldwork and ribbonwork techniques. Many of the elements are worked separately and joined to complete the final piece, which is then attached to a backing board ready to frame.

Students will assemble the heart and learn all of the stitches and techniques required to create the piece over the weekend. They will then finish the project at home.

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Sue Lucas has been seriously stitching for the last 15 years. She loves to create and wants to share her enthusiasm and passion for all things stitch related. She enjoys the challenge of designing her own work and learning and teaching new techniques. Embroidery is her art and passion.

9. Fiona Mendel: Cornpad Cushion

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Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost: $200.00
Kit Cost: $45.00

This workshop is an introduction to cornpad embroidery. Come and stitch a cushion, either cream, coloured or colourful. This is surface stitchery that you can’t get wrong! You won’t finish the cushion over the weekend but you will be well on the way.

Fiona Mendel

Fiona Mendel has been stitching all her life. Her grandmother stitched beautiful counted thread work, her mother stitches gorgeous three-dimensional work and Fiona loves surface stitchery. She stitches almost every day – it keeps her sane. And both her daughters also stitch! Win! Win!

10. Catherine Musgrave: Beginners Bobbin Lace and Beyond

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Experienced

Design Size:
Class Level: Beginners -Intermediate
Workshop Cost: $200.00

If you have always wanted to try bobbin lace, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to give it a go.

For the beginner, you will learn about equipment and the basic stitches and will produce some samples that can be used as bookmarks, friendship bracelets, on cards or to be added to other stitching projects. Equipment will be available to use if required.

For those with some lacemaking experience, you will be encouraged to embrace Torchon Lace by designing your own patterns.  We will start with the basics using graph paper to plan your designs – the possibilities are endless.

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Catherine Musgrave learned bobbin lace making in the 1980s while in England on her OE.  However, her equipment was packed away for many years while university, travel and a young family filled her life. She joined the Embroiderers and Lacemakers Guild in 2010 and rediscovered her love of the craft.  Although Catherine enjoys the traditional styles, she wants to encourage lacemaking as a more contemporary practice – it’s not just doilies and collars in white and ecru.

11. Shirley Pygott: Steampunk Clocket

Design Size:
Class Level: Intermediate
Workshop Cost: $200.00
Kit Cost: $50.00

This fusion of traditional goldwork techniques and steampunk style  is stitched  on black linen. Padded and applied leather, metal cogs and a skeleton key  are  incorporated with lace, net and organza appliqué, pearl purl and twist couching, and purl laid work. The student will choose how to place and layer their individual selection of cogs, so each piece will be individualised.  The student should be familiar with basic goldwork techniques 

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Shirley Pygott has  tutored embroidery classes  for more than 16 years in guilds and events throughout  New Zealand, as well as three international cruises. She was the ANZEG travelling tutor in 2019.  Goldwork is one of her specialty techniques, and she enjoys applying traditional methods in modern applications such as in Steampunk  style. She has completed the ANZEG Diploma of Embroidery Teaching, and has won many regional and national awards. She is known for her low stress approach in her classes.

12. Kerry Seeley: Punto Antico Mat

Design Size:  Mat 25 cm square
Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost: $200.00
Kit Cost: $30.00

Punto Antico means ‘old stitches’ and is an historic embroidery technique. This mat is approximately 25 cm square and worked on 28 count white cashel fabric with Perle 8 and 12 threads.

Stitches include satin stitch, weaving, buttonhole and bullions and the mat is finished with a mitre hem. A kit will be provided which will include thread and fabric, which will be tacked ready to start stitching.

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Kerry Seeley  White work in all its counted forms including needle lace is a passion for Kerry, along with a host of other techniques.  Sharing her knowledge with others is her ultimate enjoyment. 

Her formal qualifications are Sixth Form Certificate Embroidery and the ANZEG Drawn Thread I Certificate.  She has taught at Conference and regional weekends over the past 25 years and says much to her surprise she has students coming back for more!

13. Ailie Snow: Journal with Fabric Cover

Design Size:
Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Costs: $200.00
Kit cost: Some materials will be supplied at a cost of $10.00

In this workshop, you will make a fabulous fabric cover, stitched and embellished to your own design, and then build the pages into the book with a simple and elegant binding.

The pages can be created from any papers you like. Sort through your stash and bring along drawing paper, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, old envelopes, printed matter … anything you find interesting.  During the workshop, you’ll trim them to suit your book.

Ailie will provide all the necessary equipment, and the stuff that will form the basis for the cover of your book.  You bring along your favourite fabrics and papers, and be ready to play and experiment.

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Ailie Snow  has been working in the field of textiles for more than thirty years, regularly exhibiting and teaching around New Zealand, as well as in Australia, the UK, and the United States.  Her work is held in private collections around the world, and has gained a number of national awards here at home.

She says her obsessively stitched work, combines a wide range of different materials, which might include paper, print, and found objects, in an attempt to convey an idea or a feeling.


After Classes 29th – 30 March

Held at Onehunga Community House, 83 Selwyn Street, Onehunga, Auckland

21. Dianne Fisher: An Arcaded Band Pattern with Birds and Caterpillars

Size: Embroidered area 10.2 x 21 cm
Class Level:  Advanced
Workshop Cost:     $170.00
Kit Cost:  AUD$32.00 Kit will include notes and 3 threads. NB It will be necessary to purchase additional threads. (New Zealand price for kit will be with your needs list)

Class preparation:
–  Specified threads and linen will need to be purchased prior to the class.
–  Pre-tacking work will be necessary.
– Linen will need to be prepared stretched onto a frame.

The arcaded band pattern features two green woodpeckers facing a central carnation, pomegranates, caterpillars, flowers, leaves and thistles. This pattern has been adapted from four known similar patterns on 17th Century English band samplers. The motifs are embroidered in silk and metal threads in a variety of stitches in use during this time period: corded Brussels (detached needlelace), Italian two-sided cross, Gobelin and plaited Gobelin, Montenegrin, reversible cross stitch, rococo or queen, Roman, Smyrna cross, spider webs, square eyelets and tent for example.

During the class, students will stitch a small section of each stitched area. Please do not expect to finish the pattern over two days.

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Dianne Fisher Over the years Di has been interested in a whole range of embroidery techniques. Her fascination with the skill and inventiveness of the Elizabethan and Stuart embroiderers led to study trips to England, Scotland and Switzerland to explore and document English counted embroidery from 1200 to 1700 for an Advanced Certificate in Research and Embroidery. She is the curator of the Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia Museum.

22. Jane MacDonald: Sashiko Japanese embroidery including Hitomezashi and Boro

Lucy Locket Pocket
Hitomeszashi – Kakinohana pattern

Class Level: Suits all levels
Workshop Cost: $170.00
Kit Cost:
For all three projects, there is a full list of class requirements provided. Also, as an option, an itemized kit is available for purchase in class. In each case the kit has the core of the class requirements. Participants have the option of bringing all of their own materials or buying a kit and just bringing the additional items that are not in the kit.

Lucy Locket PocketAUD$42.50
Daisy CushionAUD$20.50
Kinchaku BagAUD$58.00

(New Zealand prices for kits will be with your needs list)

Day 1 Sashiko Embroidery

The sashiko stitch was originally used to mend and reinforce cloth but has evolved into a decorative stitching technique. Sashiko has become popular because of its elegant, bold and meditative quality, plus it is easy to do. Sashiko techniques covered will include how to transfer designs onto fabric and how to achieve the ‘grain of rice’ stitches following simple principles.

Hitomezashi or one stitch sashiko, will be covered. This technique is worked in straight lines to form interesting patterns with endless possibilities. Two projects will be taught and can be completed at home:

  • the Kakinohana pattern (persimmon flower) Lucy Locket Pocket
  • the Daisy Cushion which is stitched on the diagonal using diagonal dot grid fabric.
Kakinohana – Daisy Cushion

Day 2 Boro will be introduced.

Boro

Boro translates from the Japanese as ‘rag’. A utilitarian technique, boro is used to describe textiles such as patched clothing, bags, bedding and household items which have added patches and stitches to keep articles useful and warm.

The class will work on a boro inspired Kinchaku bag. Samples will be provided as examples and full instruction will be given in the techniques involved. Note the bags photographed are just samples/ideas.

Jane MacDonald

Jane MacDonald comes from Lismore, NSW, Australia. She has been interested in Japanese textiles and crafts for over twenty years, developing a specialty in the craft of sashiko stitching and design. Initially drawn to the quality and detail in the workmanship of Japanese textiles, Jane now teaches sashiko extensively throughout Australia and internationally. 

Jane is renowned as a patient teacher who is diligent in providing an enjoyable learning environment for all levels and abilities. Jane likes to inspire students with original ideas and techniques in the gentle craft of sashiko, branching into other forms including one stitch sashiko, boro-inspired designs and kogin stitching

To register for classes please go to the registration page for the instructions.