New Workshop 1 hour workshopPerfect for beginners
No bookings required. Program applies daily at the fair. These FREE workshops are approximately 30 minutes unless indicated. Arrive early as space is limited. If you’re a beginner, look for the symbol.
10am Sashiko Hitomezashi ‘One Stitch Sashiko’. Jane MacDonald, BeBe Bold, Stand F01. See how easy Hitomezashi is – with the new pre-stencilled dotted grid fabric. See new kits and samples..
10.30am Unique Quilts with Just One Fabric. Margaret Kirkby, Logan’s Patchwork Fabrics, Stand F22. Experience the magic of creating a stunning quilt from just one fabric. This exciting technique is fun, fast and rewarding. See many samples plus the availability of suitable fabrics, each with their unique project sheet.
11am Quilt As You Go, Reversible Scrap Quilts. Monica Poole, Margaret’s Fabrics, Stand F69. Get your stash out and turn it into fun, reversible quilt as you go quilts. Includes a trunk show of her new and favourite designs. Learn Monica’s favourite quilt as you go methods that will revolutionise the way you make quilts forever.
11.30am Turn Your Scarves into Fashion Statements. My Little Bead Shop, Stand F07. More than 20 new creative ideas to turn your scarves into fashion statements. Free giveaways during talk!
12noon Flannel Fixation. Pamela Davis, Picklemouse Corner, Stand E70. Make a quilt for family and friends, young and old with this very special fabric. Learn how to marry it with other material to create interesting texture and added appeal. New fabric, kits and patterns available.
12.30pm Boro Sashiko Stitching. Jane MacDonald, BeBe Bold, Stand F01. Jane will demonstrate how easy and satisfying Boro sashiko stitching is to do. Techniques and samples from Japan’s past will be shown.
1pm How to Make the Perfect Handbag. Monica Poole, Margaret’s Fabrics, Stand F69. Get great tips and advice on interfacing and more to help you make fabulous fashion handbags that you’ll be proud to say “I made it myself!”
1.30pm Magic Half Squares and Quarter Squares. Heather Bartsch, Barossa Quilt & Craft Cottage, Stand B14. Learn how to create scrap quilts from fabric strips, jelly rolls and rulers. Plus receive a free information sheet.
2pm Paper Trends for 2016. Nicole Farrell, Craft Queen, Stand E34. See inspiring samples, new products and cost cutting tips and tricks, plus male cards and scrapbooking pages.
2.30pm Template & Mirror Magic. Margaret Kirkby, Logan’s Patchwork Fabrics, Stand F22. Put the magic back into accurate piecing with Margaret’s specially designed templates for hand or machine piecing. Explore beautiful nine-patch blocks, stunning eight-pointed stars, hexagon and octagon wedges or simple curved piecing. Learn quick and simple ways to keep the fun in your patchwork with stunning results.
3pm Candlewicking – On Trend Embroidery. Margaret Upston, Margaret’s Fabrics, Stand F69. Enjoy a variety of projects and ideas from Margaret’s new book and learn about this elegant form of embroidery with the guru.
10am Learn How To Make Your Own Lampshade. Valerie Gautier, My Patch Fabrics, Stand F76. Join Valerie and learn all of the tips and tricks to create your own custom designed lampshades.
10.30am Hand Stitching Tips & Tricks. Nikki Tervo, Nikki Tervo Designs, Stand F21. Learn all the ‘tricks’ to give your hand stitching a professional finish.
11am Quilt-As-You-Go with Pre-Printed Batting and the New Mariner’s Star. Judy Hall, Punch with Judy, Stand F02. New! Quilting On The Grid, a reversible quilting technique using gridded batting, plus preprinted batting and Mariner’s Star sewn from fabric strips!
11.30am Fit to Flatter. My Patch Fabrics, Stand F76. Learn how to alter standard sewing patterns to achieve a flattering fit – just for you – and solve the most common fitting issues of length and bust measurements.
12noon The Beauty of Liberty Art Fabric Revealed. Robyn Shapiro, The Strawberry Thief, Stand B70. Learn about the Liberty Art Fabric range and how to use it in your designs, and ways of working with the colours, patterns and textures.
12.30pm Mixing Quilt Elements. Kathy Doughty, Material Obsession, Stand C71. Explore use of shapes and fabrics to make dynamic, personal results by just shifting your point of view!
1pm Wanna Applique? Here is the Easy Way! Janeene, My Patch Fabrics, Stand F76. Learn the secrets to producing perfect machine appliqué every time, and template design, threads, needles and finishing methods. Tips, tricks and ideas for appliqué.
1.30pm Quilting with Templates on your Domestic Sewing Machine. Leonie West, Punch with Judy, Stand F02. Learn about quilting with templates on your domestic sewing machine. Leonie will introduce you to her ‘TempLeeQuilt’ method of quilting and appliqué. Plus see samples too.
2pm Judy Niemeyer Pattern Reading and Techniques. Juanita Bugge, Sewing Buddies Australia, Stand F41. Judy Niemeyer Paper Piecing is super easy to do, but can seem daunting at first. Learn tips, how to read Judy’s pattern, set up for fabric cutting and add fabrics, both straight and curved piecing. Plus paper piecing tools, and how they work.
3pm Faux Trapunto – How to Make your Quilts Pop! My Patch Fabrics, Stand F76. Learn how to add depth to your quilts with this simple faux trapunto method using your sewing machine.
3.30pm New Shapes On An Old Tradition. Lynette Hendry, The Olive Road, Stand F78. Come along and explore the vintage world of English Paper Piecing (EPP). We will visit its origins and follow a stitching timeline to the innovative papers that are now precut and available today. See the new tools and ways to assemble. Why not try some tessellation and become the designer of your own quilts!
10am Laser Cut Magic – So Easy! Sharon Bradley, Waitomo Sew Worms, Stand C67. See how easy it is to create a fun and fabulous block with laser cut fabrics and fusible web. Lots of different uses such as quilts, bags and pretty wall hangings – heaps of different designs to inspire you!
10.30am Wonderful Projects using Versatile Scrap Crazy Templates. Heather Buck, The Bay Window & Heather’s Designs, Stand E01. Use scraps from your stash or buy new fabrics to create a wide variety of blocks with the Scrap Crazy Ruler sets. Heather shares lots of ideas and samples to get you inspired.
11am Close to My Heart – the Show Me How Company! Stand F25. See new papercraft techniques that you will use again and again in your crafting, scrapbooking and card making. See different inking and sponging techniques combining new water brushes, thin cuts and various stamping, inking and sponging techniques. Plus learn how to get many uses from just one tool!
11.30am Making Magic with Jinny Beyer Border Prints. Sue Bennett, Miss Sampson’s Drapery, Stand D81. See how easy and effective incorporating Jinny Beyer’s border print fabrics into your blocks and quilts can be… from hexagons to octagons and everything in between!
12noon Different Uses for threads to extend your knowledge. Barrie Ashton, WonderFil Specialty Threads (Canada), Stand E48. Learn different techniques with new Sue Spargo and other heavy weight threads. Also, see the difference that can be achieved in using fine bobbin threads and pre wound bobbins.
12.30pm New Ideas in Applique. Bev Ross, Craft Cubby & Creative Applique, Stand F82. Applique has never been so easy and fun. Come along and enjoy new ideas with Bev.
1pm Embellish and Adorn. Miss Rose Sister Violet, Stand F05. Inspiring and fun and incredibly creative! Learn how easy it is to adorn and embellish just about anything! From plain to fantastic in minutes.
1.30pm Whats’s all the Buzz About? Marie Kellett, Mercier, Stand C80. Learn how to create sustainable beeswax food wrap using gorgeous fabrics. They will save you money, make beautiful gifts and the environment will thank you.
2pm Working with Circles and Curves the Easy Way. Heather Buck, The Bay Window & Heather’s Designs, Stand E01. Discover patchwork flowers, Cheat’s Cathedral Window and easy Drunkards Path blocks, all using circles. Learn how easy it is working with curves to make a curved four patch quilt and other interesting blocks.
2.30pm Tried Silk Cocoons? Joy White, Starr Laces & Ribbons, Stand F73. Have you tried silk cocoons to create beaded tassels, embellishments, jewellery or quilt art? Joy will demonstrate dyeing cocoons, quickly and simply using Ozecraft dyes. Come along….and be inspired!