Australia and New Zealand April/May 2012

My wonderful group at Ballarat in 2010

I can now announce my courses in Australia next year. They have been launched in Australia so it is my turn now. You may think it a little odd to be advertising my Australian teaching on my blog but have you ever seen the traffic on my blog via the green Feedjit box on the left hand side of the screen? If you click on the small link at the bottom of the Feedjit box real time view, you will see a lot more information. I find it fascinating. Nearly half my hits come from Australia - So Hello! Australia. Greetings Donnie, Ruth and Dale . . .

I will be arriving in Melbourne around the 1st of April having had a week to recover from my busiest show of the year - Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch at the NEC.

Fibrearts - Ballarat
I am very excited to be teaching for Glenys Mann again for Fibrearts Australia, I had such a fantastic time last year, was so well looked after and met some amazing tutors - two of whom I will be teaching with again next year - Mary Hettmanspurger and Dorothy Caldwell. It will be so good to see them again.

 painted and dyed newspaper with painted Bondaweb

8th - 14th April 2012
5 day workshop - New Layers using Newspapers, Spunbound and Organza in 3D
A new workshop investigating the contrasts between the redemptive quality of recycled newspaper, distressed fine Spunbonds and colourful polyester organza.
This workshop will encourage students of all experience levels to experiment with unusual combinations of products to develop new samples and finished three dimensional forms. Using heavy iron on interfacings exciting structures can be constructed and stitched. If you would prefer to work on 2D samples that will be fine.
It is hoped there will be time to develop, finish and decorate at least one well considered sample and a whole portfolio of new and unusual stitched samples ready to work on at a later date.
All the details can be found at

faux chenille with painted and dyed newspaper

ContextArt Forum - The Blue Mountains 
It will also be good fun to be teaching for Janet de Boer again at new venues in and around Katoomba.

4-DAY Workshop: HOT TEXTILES – NEW SURFACES FOR STITCH (from Mon afternoon April 16th to Friday noon, April 20th).  
Come and discover what Kim has been experimenting with in the past 2 years since she first graced Australia's shores in 2010 to work for TAFTA. New, soft fairy like and jewelled surfaces can be developed by distressing Vilene Spunbond/Lutradur and layering this exciting product with Tyvek, embossing powders and Hot Spots! Using beautiful mica powders and high metallic paints we will create stunning layered surfaces on which to stitch – or not. There will be plenty of opportunity to experiment with all the products and develop several well considered samples to be finished at a later date. The website will be ready in 2 weeks, I will let you all know when it has been updated.  

layers of Vilene Spunbond CS500 with painted Bondaweb, embossing powders and mica paints
this is what happens when you teach in Australia . . .
After teaching in the Blue Mountains I will stay with friends in Sydney for few days then fly to New Zealand for the Creative Fibre Festival
CREATIVE FIBRE FESTIVAL - Blenheim, New Zealand   Thursday 26th April – Tuesday 1st  May 2012
I will be lecturing and demonstrating at this Festival and then teaching one day workshops on the 30th April and the 1st May. The content of these workshops is still to be confirmed, there is a blog that will be updated regularly as plans develop.

I must start preparing for the Creative Stiches show at Aintree Race Course, Liverpool this weekend. I will be on stand A18 and will be giving a lecture at 11am everyday. It's going to be great fun, Wendy Dolan and Rob her fab husband will be there as well so we will be getting together to party. We are going to picnic with 'The Gormleys' on Crosby Beach one evening, I can't wait to see this amazing installation again.

Another Place - installation by Antony Gormley



  1. We in Marlborough are so looking forward to having you with us!


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