With two meetings a month, Stitching and Beyond Inc. offers opportunities to share skills, learn and have fun. Do check the Calendar for dates. While the meetings on Mondays rarely vary from the third week, the meeting of the Friends Group held in the first week of the month can be either on Thursday or Sunday – check the calendar for details each month.

Not sure whether you would like to join? Non members are very welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we are all about and to decide if Stitching and Beyond Inc. will suit your interests.

How to Find Kingston LINC B Block. Parking is available in the LINC/Adult Education carpark, entrance off Church St between Hutchins St and Beach Road.

How to Find the Art Studio at the Friends School

Why not treat yourself and come along to enjoy the stimulus of the companionship of like minded people? Our get togethers twice each month are an indulgent and inspiring couple of hours spent exchanging information, learning from seeing what others are trying out, strengthening friendships and expanding our knowledge of technique. Information of broad interest is reported on this page but items of specific member interest will be recorded in the Member Notices area.

Members who attend meetings continue to share endless examples of their experiments, ideas and discoveries. Without exception, people are generous with what they have discovered, or how they have achieved particular outcomes.
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What wonderful diversity at our meetings, each item an expression of each member’s individual preferences – prints, eco dyeing, baskets, journals of exploration, stitch, memorabilia from travels, handmade books and all manner of creations to inspire us on into the next month. Ideas and techniques generously shared, suggestions made, the occasional stash busting event, all textile oriented.

Speaking of textiles, wool is a favourite of many. One of our members has a peronal connection with her daughter living in a severely drought affected area of the mainland. They are trying to save their flock, and we can help through Go Fund Me.












































































































































OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome along to our next meeting and share some inspiration, ideas and techniques with like minded folk!


Have your fabric printed LOCALLY in Kingston!

Our very own Tasmanian fabric printing service in Kingston gets more exciting by the week! Paul has printed some of his own artwork onto Belgian linen – we can see all sorts of applications, and he also prints on to cotton and silk. He writes  “I have had  some great results with machine washing these with detergents, with no loss of colour! Website will be updated soon to add a section dedicated to fabric printing.”

So if you want to have your digital images printed onto silk, cotton or linen fabric at a very reasonable cost, go and speak with Paul at Noble  Ink in Kingston, Tasmania.

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Details of exhibitions may be sent to so members can be notified regularly.


  • Below you will find advance notice of some tutors planned for 2018.  Further workshop opportunities can be viewed in the members’ area so please do not forget to look there as there are many interesting and diverse classes available throughout the year.
  • All workshop details are posted as they are confirmed for 2018. Why not become a member so you get the first round offers by email as enrolments open? You are much more likely to ensure your place if you do this.
  • Members are notified via Latest News (issued about every 7-10 days or so) of the date and time when the first round offer emails are sent for a particular workshop. Enrolments are taken in strict order of a member’s reply to that email. If you are not a member and would like to participate in a workshop, please .


2018 Workshops


If you are not a member of Stitching and Beyond Inc. and you wish to participate in one of our workshops, you must register ($10pa) with our group. This is a condition of our insurance cover for workshops.

  • Friends’ Group details are posted in the Members’ Area under Member Notices as details become available near to the dates.
  • Details of workshops offered or co ordinated by Members are sent out in Latest News to other members.
  • Some other workshops in which members may be interested are also posted in Latest News.



What:Basketry: Twining

When: 9.30 – 4.30 Thursday, Friday September 20, 21

Where: Moonah Arts Centre

Cost: $190 +  materials fee

 Please contact us if you are interested in attending should a vacancy arise, as wait list people do sometimes (often) get lucky.

Using 6-7 ply waxed linen students will twine a small basket.  Students will learn how to create texture, bumps, directional changes, and tunnels.  Students will also paint their linen to become uniquely theirs. They will also learn a variety of techniques to incorporate this type of weaving into found objects, alternative bases and materials.   Students begin and work on their baskets but likely not finish in the 2 day class but will have enough material and knowledge to complete the baskets later.


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What: Jewellery: Hinges, doors, bezels, fold forming and more!

When: 9.30 – 4.30 Saturday, Sunday September 22, 23

Where: The Friends’ School Art Studio

Cost: $190 +  materials fee

 Please contact us if you are interested in attending should a vacancy arise, as wait list people do sometimes (often) get lucky.


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   Tidal Images by Gloria Loughman

Gloria has the honour of this quilt being the first acquisition for the Australian Quilt Museum.

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Come and further develop your design and colour skills exploring your favourite landscape image with popular Victorian tutor, Gloria Loughman. Don’t have all the colours in your stash? No problem – paint your fabric if you need within this 4 day master class. Click on the hyperlinked workshop title for more details.

What:  Multiple Images in the Landscape
When: 9.30 – 4.30 October Friday to Monday, 5, 6, 7, 8
Where: The Friends’ School, Hodgkin Hall
Cost: $380

Please contact us if you are interested in attending should a vacancy arise, as wait list people do sometimes (often) get lucky.

(Non SandB members must join for $10 as a condition of our insurance cover.)


JULIE RYDER  blog, Instagram

Julie  is a textile designer, artist and educator based in Canberra, who has gained international recognition for her work. She has been a practicing textile artist, designer and educator for over 25 years.  She exhibits regularly both nationally and internationally. Her work is represented in many public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Powerhouse Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

When: 10am to 5pm (Friday to Monday inclusive)  12, 13, 14, 15 October
Where: Westwinds Community Centre (within easily daily driving distance from Hobart. Alternatively, some workshop participants in the past have chosen to share the cost of a nearby Air BnB, or have stayed in the very, very basic bunkhouse on site, providing their own bedding and food. email us if you have any queries)
Cost: $380 + small materials fee of about $40
Class size: class is limited to 10 students

Enrolments: This class filled quite quickly, but we can add your name to the small wait list if you would like. In our experience, wait list people can, and do, get lucky, so keep the dates free right up to the event. Please if you would like your name added.

















Taking a look at the art & lettering of the Arts & Crafts movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s we will explore the works of Margaret & Charles Rennie Mackintosh and “The Four”. Working in graphite and colour pencil on watercolour paper and black fine art paper we will work by colour matching and produce samplers with a substantial 1920s nouveau and deco feel.  Drawing and painting techniques will be developed to this end.

This is a great workshop for all comers, beginners and experienced alike!

What: Margaret & Charles Rennie Mackintosh –  Colour Matching
Rennie Mackintosh pencil workshop

When: NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE Saturday, Sunday November 24, 25 9.30 – 4.30

Where: The Friends’ School Art Studio

Cost: $140

There is a small waiting list. Please  if you are interested in taking this place.
















2019 Workshops

We are in the process of contracting some top names for our 2019 workshop offering covering mixed media, book making, felting, machine embroidery and design, hand stitching and more. Details and images will be posted once contracts are finalised. Members are notified through Latest News of the date and time that workshop places open. This gives everyone a fair and equal chance of enrolling in the more popular workshops.

GAIL STIFFE and connect on FaceBook

What: Books

When: March 2019

Where: tba

Cost: tba



I have been working as a textile artist for over 20 years and have authored four books and many articles; I offer a breadth of teaching and mentoring experience in the field of mixed media, fibre art, textiles and embroidery. I enjoy in working with many varied media, enjoying incorporating unusual materials into my textiles. I create work which is imbued with personal references. The pieces are rarely representational, but whatever their form I am looking for an emotive response from the viewer. My aim is to be at once personal, disconcerting and fascinating.

What: Natural Layers
When: 10am to 5pm (Saturday to Tuesday inclusive) April 6, 7, 8, 9
Where: Moonah Arts Centre
Cost: $380 + a materials fee

As of June 2018, there is one vacancy. Even once that is filled, please email Chris (workshops co ordinator) if you are interested in having your name added to a wait list, as wait list people do sometimes (often) get lucky.

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Stitching and Beyond Inc. Workshop Bookings

Please feel free to join our group if you would like to attend a workshop. Membership is just $10 per year. Workshop attendance is limited to Stitching and Beyond Inc. members due to insurance conditions. Usually the maximum cost per day for workshops is $95, although this can vary, occasionally more, occasionally less. We aim to run all workshops on a no profit basis.

Stitching and Beyond Inc. acknowledges the support provided by Aon Insurance.

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