2-Day Classes Mon/Tues 201-207

201 Hazel Blomkamp
202 Phillipa Turnbull  (Full)
203 Merrilyn Heazlewood
204 Fiona Crowther-Aker
205 Alison Snepp
206 Camilla Watson
207 Dale Rollerson  (Full)

201 Tumbleweeds Series – 1 or 2 places remaining
Hazel Blomkamp

Level: Competent Intermediate to Advanced
Project Size 24.5×24.5cm each panel

This workshop will open up a world of possibilities for the already accomplished embroiderer and is for stitchers who have a good basic knowledge of the art. It will particularly appeal to the embroiderer who enjoys stitching fine, detailed embroidery.

The Tumbleweeds Series take needlelace techniques a step further, combining the different needlelace stitches to create petals not unlike insertion lace. The panels also include a wide range of surface stitches, crewel stitches, interesting needleweaving ideas, bead embroidery and caged crystals.

Because the workshop will cover all of the stitches and techniques used in the entire Tumbleweeds series, participants will be taught on a fabric sampler. This will make it possible to cover everything in class and will mean that each person will go home with a reference for what he or she needs to do when working the project.

Using perle and stranded cottons, hand painted silk ribbon, Miyuki beads and Swarovski flatback crystals, each panel is worked on a natural-coloured cotton linen blend. Participants will be able to choose a minimum of one or all three of the projects.

Kit cost: Tumbleweeds/1 $149, Tumbleweeds/2 $128, Tumbleweeds/3 $190
The kit contains everything needed to complete the chosen panel plus all fabric, threads, needles and other materials for the teaching sampler.

Based in Southern Africa, Hazel Blomkamp is an author who has embroidered from childhood.  Her books include Crewel Twists, Crewel Intentions and Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork, along with stitch guides for needle lace and needle weaving techniques.  During 2018 her new book, Crewel Creatures will be published.  She has taught in countries on four continents and is looking forward to sharing her techniques and skills in New Zealand. 


202 Jacobean Medley – full
Phillipa Turnbull

Level: All Levels
Project Size: 10″x13″

This charming design uses a variety of traditional crewel work stitches.  You will be guided through the order of work and will be able to discuss common faults which may just be holding you back from achieving your personal goal.

You will also discuss stitch and colour choices, and this workshop is ideal for those who wish to design their own crewel embroidery or to improve their technique.  You will leave with a comprehensive set of instructions for this design as well as increased crewel confidence!

Kit Cost: $150
The kit contains all materials to complete the project – printed linen, needles, wools, stitch chart and instructions.

Designer Phillipa Turnbull’s ongoing research into British crewel work, allows her to bring textile information from the original source in, castles, museums and country houses, including stitches and techniques long forgotten by current needlework and stitch books.  Phillipa’s aim is to keep designs and techniques from the past appreciated and understood so they may survive for the next generation, thus ensuring embroiderers continue to derive happiness and enjoyment from needlework through shared experience.


203 Terracotta Tiles
Merrilyn Heazlewood

Level: Intermediate Level
Project size: 20x20cm

Terracotta reflects different tones and shades when the sun is shining on it and a dramatic change occurs when it gets wet. In this class, you will combine all these elements into your Terracotta Tiles by using selected stitches that are layered, and with the use of textured threads.

Tones of Terracotta are enhanced by ‘flashes of pink’ that are in the variegated threads selected. These tones sit regally on the soft lilac tones of the background. Merrilyn hand sponges each piece of canvas.

Kit Cost: $110
Includes #18 interlocked mono canvas, hand sponged in soft lilac, cut 12×12”. Caron Watercolours, Kreinik braid, ThreadworX Expressions, Gumnut Blossoms (wool), stranded cotton and beads

Merrilyn Heazlewood is an internationally renowned hand embroiderer, designer, author and teacher. Merrilyn opened her first needlework shop in 1978 and, with her artistic heritage and passion for handwork, this was the starting point for a long creative and rewarding journey, with needle, threads and fabric.


204 Something to Dye For
Fiona Crowther-Aker

Level: All Levels
Project Size: 20x25cm

The design for this class features a skull at the centre and is inspired by Mountmellick. You will complete surface embroidery, including all of the stitches needed to complete the design, which are mostly worked with heavy thread on heavy fabric.

You will not complete a finished item in two days but when finished, the piece can be used for a variety of items such as the sample Threads Compendium or framed or sewn onto a jacket. My intention is to have fun creating something manageable by all, beginners to more experienced needle workers.  Some homework is required prior to the workshop. The base pattern needs to be transferred to fabric and the trellis work completed on the fabric so students can get onto their stitches in the class.

Kit Cost: $35
Includes pattern Instruction Booklet for both designs and Stitch with me DVD.

Fiona Crowther-Aker has been tutoring for a number of years in a variety of techniques including smocking, raised embroidery, Elizabethan and Ruskin. She credits her learning to family members and talented elders of the Guild she belongs to. Fiona strives to provide comprehensive instructions for all the projects she designs, with take home information for completion.


205 Samite Spot Sampler – 1 or 2 places remaining
Alison Snepp

Level: Experience of working counted thread embroidery
Project Size: 21x21cm

This project is based on historical needlework from a collection of 4th to 7th century rug fragments held in a museum in Kuwait. The design is inspired by textiles from Iran, Egypt and Central Asia. You will enjoy the interpretation of the design in stitches that are experimental as well as the more usual counted stitches.

Motifs include geometric patterns, stylised flowers and animals. Many of the motifs are presented in a fragmented manner to make a very exciting and innovative sampler.

The sampler is a spot sampler style worked in a number of counted thread techniques on 30-count even weave linen with a mixture of cotton and silk threads.

Kit Cost: $40 for Folio
The folio includes full colour notes, charts and detailed finishing instructions.

Alison Snepp is well known for her many years of teaching in Australia, New Zealand and London. During the past 33 years she has written several books as well as having exhibited widely. Alison has also received numerous study grants and commissions.


206 Autumn Leaves
Camilla Watson

Level: All levels, some experience with a sewing machine is required
Project size: 22.5×27.5cm

Experiment with machine free-motion capabilities and raw-edge applique. In this class, you will begin with a small pre-printed panel which you will then enhance with machine appliqué and embroidery.

You will learn to use the ‘free-motion’ or ‘darning’ foot on your machine to create flowing satin stitch as well as lovely twisting curves, and then, with your machine, create separate 3-Dimensional foliage to be attached on top. Participants should complete or be near to completion within the two days.

Kit Cost: $35
A partial kit will be provided, with the pre-printed and prepared background fabric and soluble stabiliser.
Students will need to have a sewing machine. Indicate on the registration form if you are thinking about hiring a sewing machine. Full details for hire will be sent with the needs list.

Camilla Watson is an award-winning textile artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally at many Quilt symposiums. She has been teaching for more than 30 years and has received awards for Outstanding Adult Educator for her courses.


207 Seeing the Leaves Through the Trees – Full
Dale Rollerson

Level: All Levels
Project Size: Student’s choice

This is a mixed media workshop in which you will learn to create a plethora of leaves using water soluble fabric, silk fibres, sheers, paint, fabrics, free machine stitching and hand stitching.

Students will create backgrounds that can be painted, stencilled and/or woven. Students will also learn to use machine stitched cords to make a network.

Kit Cost: $50
Students will need to have a sewing machine. Indicate on the registration form if you are thinking about hiring a sewing machine. Full details for hire will be sent with the needs list.

Dale Rollerson has worked with threads and fibres throughout her entire life and since 1993 she has worked as a full-time textile artist. Her work involves the use of the domestic sewing machine and experimental mixed media and her current fascination is with fragments and distortions, and with the colour and beauty of silk. Dale opened The Thread Studio in 1995 and she has taught for many years in several countries.