Retailers are here to pass on great tips and the latest techniques in these FREE Workshops
open to all fair visitors.
No bookings required. Program applies daily at the fair. These workshops are approximately 30 minutes
unless indicated. Arrive early as space is limited.
10am ★♥ Boom Gel Stains. Natalie Parish, Bag End Studio Stand A16. Boom Gel Stain is an innovative artisan’s product that can be used in a multitude of applications – as a vibrant wood stain, fabric dye, paint or glaze. It can be applied to glass, terracotta, wood, wool, leather, concrete, canvases, tiles, felt and more. See some basic techniques and artistic applications.
10.30am ★♥ Powerwax for Mixed Media. Ashley Hay, Bag End Studio, Stand A16. See several techniques of a new cold-based wax artist quality medium demonstrated that you can apply to your own artwork. It can be combined with any water-based medium including acrylics, watercolour, inks and fluid paints. Discover the possibilities!
11am ♥ The Anatomy of a Handbag. Monica Poole, Margaret’s Fabrics, Stand A02. Get expert tips and advice on how to make your own fashion handbags. Monica will discuss different fabrics, hardware, straps, demonstrate how to make easy zipper pockets and show a wonderful new waterproofing product.
11.30am ♥ Fabric Covered Boxes. Carol Nicholls, Sewn and Quilted, Stand D06. Learn how easy it is to make fabric covered boxes and other sewing accessories. All the basics will be covered and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes – perfect for you or as a gift!
12noon ★♥ What’s New in Flip Applique. Brenda Burgess, Flip la K, Stand A03. Making your quilting journey easy – with our new rulers and templates.
12.30pm ★♥ Simple Machine Applique. Monica Poole, Margaret’s Fabrics, Stand A02. Express your creativity with applique and see how easy it is using the fusible methods edged with machine stitching plus get tips and advice on zig zag, blanket stitch, fancy stitching and free motion sketchy applique.
1pm ♥ Three-dimensional Embellishing with Needle Felting. Heather Buck, Bay Window & Heather’s Designs, Stand B01. Learn about needle felting using simple techniques to make three dimensional objects or to simply embellish an existing project. See how a needle and wool rovings can be used to great effect.
1.30pm ★♥ Latest Gizmos and Gadgets in Papercrafts. Doug Boyling, Catchy Crafts, Stand C05. See all the latest tools, machines and products in the papercraft market. His handy hints will make it easier to use some of the new products.
3pm ♥ How to Design and Plan your own Quilt as You Go Quilt. Monica Poole, Margaret’s Fabrics, Stand A02. Monica’s new book, The Quilt as You Go Planner, takes the hard work out of designing your own quilts. Whether a cot, single or queen size quilt, from layout to cutting instructions and quilt-as-you-go methods. See how easy it is, with lots of great tips and advice.
10.30am ★ Quilting with Templates. Judy Hall, Punch with Judy, Stand A09. See new products from Westalee Design to create stunning quilting designs using a ruler foot on your domestic sewing machine, including the new decorative thread ruler foot.
11am ★♥ How to Create your own Clay Flowers Van Dinh, Magnolia Clay Flowers, Stand J05. Discover how to create handmade flowers from clay and see three examples – carnation, sunflower and calla lily.
11.30am ★♥ And Sew It Is Christmas. Pam Davis, Picklemouse Corner, Stand D31. Let us share with you some novel and quick ideas for trimmings this Christmas.
12noon ♥ Sashiko – Hitomezashi (one stitch sashiko), Jane MacDonald, BeBe Bold, Stand E28. Jane will explain and demonstrate how to
stitch the new Hitomezashi (one stitch) sampler cloths that include weaving. They are pre-stencilled with the pattern and a delight to stitch.
12.30pm ♥ Make it Pretty! Miss Rose Sister Violet, Stand C08. Whether your favourite item of clothing needs a pick-me-up or you have an upcoming art project, get great ideas for using trims, flowers and blings to make it oh so pretty!
1pm ★♥ Traditional Bags of Japan Made Modern. Alison Yamazaki, Wabi-Sabi Designs, Stand A07. Japan has an extraordinary wrapping and carrying culture with beautiful bags for every purpose. Clever construction methods and unique shapes delight the modern user. See a range of original and antique examples from Japan and how you can recreate and adapt them. Free traditional wallet pattern giveaway!
1.30pm ★♥ Great New Threads to Extend your Techniques and Knowledge. Barrie Ashton, WonderFil Specialty Threads, Stand B21. Introducing four new threads to help in your projects – Rinse n Gone, Iron n Fuse and others. See lots of samples to show you different effects threads can have and different ways of using them.
2pm ★♥ Modern Approach to Traditional Log Cabin. Judy Hall, Punch with Judy, Stand A09. Discover various shapes, dimensions and curves that will inspire you with fresh ideas and excitement using BlocLoc and Creative Grids’ Log Cabin rulers.
2.30pm How To Put The Lights In… Want to know all the secrets on how to light up your Christmas wall hangings?
In this special Masterclass,
Prudence Grayson demonstrates just how easy it is to ‘light it up’.
Learn how to prepare your wall hanging, how to choose light placement, creating different effects, how to care for and maintain your lights, as well as having all your questions answered by a self-confessed light-bulb head. The Masterclass costs $20,
or if you buy a wallhanging kit containing lights on the day, it’s free! Book at Make It Sew, Stand G02.
10am ♥ From Table Runners to Quilts. Heather Bartsch, Barossa Quilt & Craft Cottage, Stand F24. Learn how to make quick and easy table runners and quilts using our binding tool.
10.30am ★♥ Exploring Australia’s Stunning Aboriginal Art Fabrics. Margaret Kirkby, Logan’s Patchwork Fabrics, Stand G26. Discover the wealth of colour and design offered by unique Aboriginal prints. Indigenous artists bring a new palette and style to patchwork, inspired by 68,000 years of history and dreaming. Share some of the many ideas on how to enrich your next project. Fabrics, packs and patterns available.
11am ★♥ New Tools for Stitchers. Stitch-A-MaJig Julie Hall Designs, Stand D03. See the latest tools for patchworkers, machine embroiders, and sewers. Learn how to make the chores involved in stitching so much easier with our amazing gadgets and tools. Great specials offered to all participants.
11.30am ★♥ Colourful World of Wool Felt. Gai Taylor, Just Patchwork, Stand A26. Wool felt appliqué can be used to create dimensional
projects from craft bag embellishing to cushions and more. Learn about needle and thread selection, plus a range of embroidery stitches for wool felt projects will be demonstrated.
12noon ★♥ Machine Embroidery Hacks! StitchA-Ma-Jig Julie Hall Designs, Stand D03. See Julie’s amazing machine embroidery projects, and
learn how to avoid common embroidery mistakes and errors. See fantastic tools and products to help you get the best results, and ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered.
12.30pm ★♥ The Evolving Art of Recycling. Sue Howie, Indigo Niche, Stand B11. Learn the fascinating history of Boro stitching and the melding of two cultures – and what you can achieve by upcycling leftover fabrics.
1pm ★♥ The Latest Trends from Europe in Cardmaking. Debra Van Der Meulen, Cardmaking.net, Stand B08. Debra will share hints and tips on how to create beautiful cards, using the latest techniques and products from our European designers.
2pm Judy Niemeyer Pattern Reading and Techniques. Juanita Bugge, Sewing Buddies Australia, Stand B13. Judy Niemeyer paper piecing is super easy to do, but getting started on new techniques can be daunting. Learn how to read a Judy Niemeyer pattern, set up for fabric cutting, add fabrics to your paper pieced projects, both straight and curved. Learn about paper piecing tools, and how they work.
3pm ★♥ Beyond the Border. Sue Bennett, Miss Sampson’s Drapery, Stand J23. You’ve used border fabric for bordering your quilt so why not come and explore other uses of these versatile designs using mirror Imaging.
Free handout included!