3-Day Classes

301 Jenny Bennett Mon/Tue/Wed (cancelled)
302 Jane Siddall Mon/Tue/Wed
303 Lois Parish-Evans Mon/Tue/Wed  (cancelled)
304 Colleen Plank Tue/Wed/Thur

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday Classes

301 Poppies Remembrance Needle Book Cancelled
Jenny Bennett

Level: Intermediate
Project Size: 10×14.5cm closed

You will work on pre-printed backgrounds with a variety of embroidery techniques and stitches to create an informative needle book. Techniques include thread painting, beading, ribbon embroidery and a wide variety of embroidery stitches.

The completed project will be an excellent reference to the most popular needles used in embroidery and you will have stitched a small embroidery using the particular needles on each page of the book.

Kit Cost: $75
Kit contains fabric for the cover page with printed design; fabric printed pages for the different types of needles; braid; threads; ribbons; beads; finishing materials; comprehensive notes and photographs.

Jenny Bennett has been teaching embroidery for the past 28 years, in a variety of places around the world, and on cruises. She started with smocking which then led to embroidery and to the opening of her shop Jennifer Bee Embroidery


302 From Story to Embroidery
Jane Siddall

Level: All levels
Project Size: design workshop so student’s choice

This workshop is designed to help you learn to be confident in self-led design and how to create narrative in your embroidery designs. The class will encourage and facilitate the creation of unique and original designs for embroidery, right through to completed art work. Explore final presentation outcomes – out of the box, 3D, in the box!

Participants should bring along narrative sources such as a favourite nursey rhyme or song, story or original idea, along with images taken from magazines, photos and other sources. You will use these to create your own artworks on paper that can be adapted for embroidered art. Huge consideration will be given to the presentation of the finished piece as an integral part of the design.

Starting with your favourite story, poem or lyric, you will explore techniques including collage, drawing, sketching, creative thinking and imaginative problem solving, to create original and unique images and then transferring them to cloth.

Kit Cost: $10 + extra for colour photocopying

Jane Siddall has qualifications in Media Arts, Drawing and Tapestry. She has exhibited widely in New Zealand and Australia and has been the recipient of many awards including the 2016 ANZEG Study Grant.


303 Linear Landscapes – a Thread Painting JourneyCancelled
Lois Parish-Evans

Level: Intermediate
Project Size: This is a design class, so student’s choice

In this class, you will be encouraged to develop your own designs and colour schemes. You will use photos or images to create a unique design which you will translate into a thread painting. Learn machine embroidery thread painting techniques and how to draw with your sewing machine.

The class will encourage students to develop their own designs and colour schemes, develop techniques in drawing with their sewing machine and find their own creative voice.

Kit cost: Nil, no kit provided.
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.

Lois Parish-Evans moved to NZ, in 2016, from Australia where she trained as an Art Teacher and Art Therapist.  She has worked for many years as a Textile Artist, she has also exhibited, and created many individual commissions, and has received a variety of Awards and Scholarships for her Artworks.  Lois has taught workshops in a range of textile arts in both Australia and NZ.

Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Class


304 Expand Your Landscape
Colleen Plank

Level: all levels
Project Size: approx. 23x30cm

Techniques to be used include: Identifying and applying design elements of composition, line and colour; colouration and dying of fibres and threads, wet felting; making silk paper; texturizing soft metals and using wire to embellish.

Using an experimental approach, we will begin this class with a series of supplied images of Nelson Landscapes. We will then explore ways to translate them into a foundation in which to experiment with new media such as metal and wire as a form of expression. We will also use techniques such as dyeing NZ wool and silk, into subtle combinations to use as a felted base that will later be enhanced with stitch to reflect your own creative style.

Students will experiment and engage with the materials and mediums that can be incorporated into the work to add interest and reinforce ideas in a creative and innovative way.

Colleen Plank has been a Practicing Textile Artist and Tutor since the early 1990s and has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in that time. She is an award-winning artist with work in private collections around the globe. For the past 16 years Colleen has been the Specialist Textile Tutor and Arts Technician in the Arts and Media Department at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.