Workshops 2017

We are still accepting registrations for 2017, however only the classes below have places available in them.

All weekend classes are $180.00 which includes 12 hours tution, Friday night wine and nibbles and morning tea, lunch and afternoon teas on Saturday and Sunday.

COPYRIGHT:  The classes taught at the Great Escape and all material associated with them are the property of the tutors and must not be copied in any form.

CLASS 1: Christine P Bishop – SA, Australia

Contemporary Punto in Aria Needlelace


Punto in Aria needlelace is basically buttonhole stitch, plus wrapped, buttonhole stitch or woven bars.  I have designed this project so that students will have the knowledge to complete a section within the class, leaving the remainder to be completed as a round mat or a fan.  All the pre-class preparation will be worked by the tutor.

Design size – 30cm in diameter

Class level – Intermediate to advanced

Kit Cost – NZ$30.00

CLASS 2: Annie Huntley – Queensland, Australia

Golden Gum Blossom


The side pieces are stitched in Or Nué or shaded gold, to show off the gum leaves shimmering in the summer sun.  The central piece comprises two glorious dimensional gum leaves in petite point on silk gauze.  The three stunningly lifelike gum blossoms are made from threads and hand-dyed silk worm cocoons, backed onto gold painted mulberry bark.

Design size – 22cm x 32cm

Class level – Intermediate

Kit cost – AUD $89.00

A New Zealand price will be with your needs list

CLASS 5: Maree Burnnand – Stratford

What’s Your Hue?             


What’s Your Hue uses the ‘Tudor Rose’ to explore a variety of stitch techniques. While a partial kit will be supplied, students will choose their own hue (DMC) to colour the rose.

In this class students will learn a 17th century tufted stitch, couching with gold thread, satin stitch and detached needlelace petals worked over pearl purl.

Students will not complete the flower in the weekend but all elements will be shown and begun in class. The notes will include comprehensive instructions for bag construction but this project could also be framed or used on a small box.

Design size – 8cm x 8cm (bag 15cm x 20cm)

Class level – all levels but knowledge of buttonhole stitch would be an advantage.

Partial kit cost – $55.00

CLASS 7: Jo Dixey – Helensville

Upcycle your Wardrobe   

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As we become more aware of the social and environmental cost of fast fashion there is a growing interest in making our own clothes or buying second hand.

During this workshop you will be introduced to a number of ways to re make clothes purchased from Op shops or clothes from your own wardrobe that have not been worn for some time. Turn a boring suit jacket into a wearable work of art, or a box of old business shirts into a funky skirt.

Only basic dressmaking skills are needed and if you choose to make a jacket it is likely you will be wearing it home at the end of the weekend.

Students will need to bring their own sewing machine.

Class Level – will suit all levels

CLASS 8: Beverley Furniss – Auckland

Branching Out  

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Drawing inspiration from the art quilt ‘Tree of Life’ students will be guided to develop their own unique pictorial textile piece. The stitching completed during the weekend will depend on each students design and may form a notebook cover, or a significant starting point for a wall hanging, cushion cover or part of a larger art work.

This project teaches free stitch machine embroidery, including thread painting, lace textile, corded threads, contemporary appliqué, layering, sculpting, padded and textured relief work. Students do not require prior knowledge of free stitch machine embroidery; however a confident knowledge of setting up and using their sewing machine is required.

Students will need to bring their own sewing machine

Sample size – 50cm x 70cm approx

Class Level – will suit all levels

Kit cost – $30.00

CLASS 9: Marianne Hargreaves – Christchurch

Print, Expose, Stuff, Embellish 


Create a piece of patterned fabric suitable for use in a cushion cover, bag, cloth, a sampler or anything you would like. Incorporating basic printing techniques, reverse applique, sashiko quilting, trapunto quilting and surface embellishment, you can combine as many of these techniques as you would like – the limit is your imagination!

This is a fun class that shows how easy it is to create wonderful effects without a lot of equipment and will inspire you to do more yourself!

Sample size – 50cm x 50cm

Class Level – will suit all levels

Partial Kit cost – $8 (approx)

CLASS 10: Jenny Hunter – Levin

Fine Feathers   



Students will use a variety of stitches to embroider their own ‘fine feather’ using a selection of hand-dyed threads from Oliver Twist plus organza, beads and tiny sequins. It is not anticipated that students will be able to fully complete the project in class time. Full stitch instructions will be provided with all other requirements in a kit. The finished embroidery is suitable for framing in a standard 8”x 10” frame.

Design size – 14cm x 24cm

Class Level – will suit all levels

Kit cost – $30

CLASS 13: Shirley Pygott – Stanmore Bay

Silver Lotus            



 This piece is based on an early 20th Century Indian textile showing stylized flowers, tendrils and leaves. The small panel is worked with silver metal thread on a satin background and will be suitable for framing or making into a hanging. Alternative background colours (both light and dark) and metal thread (silver, copper or gold) will be available if desired.

Design size – 10cm x 15cm

Class Level – suitable for beginners

Kit cost – Silver or Copper $42, Gilt $45

CLASS 14: Clare Smith – Wellington

The Painted Book: a Handbound book with printed and painted cover


Spend a day experimenting with fabric painting, stamping, printing or stencilling on fabric. Use one fabric sample to create the cover of an A5 handmade book using traditional and non-traditional bookbinding techniques. Hand or machine embroidery may be used to embellish the book cover fabric prior to binding if time allows. At the end of the weekend the students should have a selection of decorated fabrics in a range of techniques and at least one completed hand made book.

Sample books – 15cm x 22cm

Class Level – will suit all levels

Partial Kit Cost – $10 (for fabric inks, paste, extra paper and cardboard)

CLASS 16: Mona Townson – Warkworth

A Beaded Bag  


 This class will suit every level and is designed to be fun and interesting.

I will help each person develop the design of their purse and teach them the skills to achieve what they want. A range of bead techniques will be taught during the class. If the bag is not completed during class time, all students will have the necessary skills to complete the bag at home.

Sample size – 18cm x 19cm

Class Level – will suit all levels

Kit cost – $1 (for notes)


Onehunga Community House, 83 Selwyn Street, Onehunga

Dates: Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 March 2016

Times: 9.30am – 4.00pm

 Tea and Coffee provided – please bring your lunch

CLASS 20: Christine P Bishop – SA, Australia

15th Century Counted Work



Based upon 15th century floor tiling and interpreted using well known stitches, this repeat pattern mat is worked on 25 count linen in cream threads on cream linen.  All the pre-class preparation will be worked by the tutor.

Design size – 24cm x 38cm

Class level – Intermediate

Worhshop Cost – $130.00

Kit cost –   NZ$42