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!

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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 2019.  Further workshop opportunities are sent to members via Latest News as information comes to hand, so always log in to check.
  • All workshop details are posted as they are confirmed. 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 .

2019 Workshops

We are almost finished 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. Currently we are sourcing names for 2020.


If you are not a member of Stitching and Beyond Inc. and you wish to participate in one of our workshops, you must register ($20pa) 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.



You may like to  connect with Gail on FaceBook

A very well known and popular tutor, Gail is a most accomplished Australian book and paper artist with over 30 years experience. Among other roles, she is a past President of IAPMA, past convenor of the Australian Women’s Art Register and current president of Papermakers of Victoria.

What: Homebase (Exploring printing techniques and bookmaking)

When: 1, 2, 3 March 2019

Where: Moonah Arts Centre

Cost: $285

As of December 2018, there is a small wait list.  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.









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 December 2018, there is a small wait list.  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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“Analysing and translating symmetrical orders into an art object allows me to connect with natural creation. Small but very poetic irregularities just happen and make the objects vivid and organic. That’s what I like in felting.”

Maria Friese

Maria’s work is inspired by nature and geometry: the geometry of natural forms, inhabiting all living elements. The hidden, inconspicuous and unusual of underwater creatures, seed pods, plants, unusual structures and fossils in nature, like a kind of ‘felt archaeologist’, she is “always looking for new secret forms and creatures.”

Maria’s background is in Textile Design but in recent years she defines herself more as an artist, demonstrating felting as a true art form. Born in Germany, she has lived and worked in south west France for more than 10 years, in a picturesque natural countryside where the surrounding nature inspires her constant exploration of the possibilities of 3-D and relief techniques.

Only 10 students in this workshop!

What  3D objects _ technical perfection and limitless creativity

When 19, 20, 21 July

Where The Friends’ School, Art Studio

Cost: $295

As of December 2018, there is no wait list.  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.











Cherilyn Martin is an Embroidery/Textiles graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, with post graduate studies in Art Education at Bristol University, U.K. She is a practising artist working from her textile/encaustic studio in the Netherlands. Having worked with fabric and stitch for many years she now embraces the challenges paper, wax and mixed media offer; recording Man’s passing and presence whilst exploring themes of bereavement and commemoration.

Cherilyn is a well-known teacher offering workshops, courses and Master classes to groups of textile enthusiasts worldwide. In her classes Martin encourages students to push the boundaries of ideas, materials and techniques and to develop an individual visual language.

Since 2007 a member of the internationally renowned group ‘Quilt Art’ she is also a member of the SDA and IAPMA. Cherilyn Martin is co-author of  ‘Interpreting Themes in Textile Art’ recently published by Batsford, U.K.

What Stitch Art

When September 21, 22, 23, 9.30 to 4.30 each day

Where Moonah Arts Centre

Cost $285

As of late December 2018, there is a  small wait list. Please email Chris (workshops co ordinator) if you are interested in having your name added to the wait list, as wait list people do sometimes (often) get lucky.

Full payment will be due 2019, January 30
















I search for landscapes with an additional sense of emotion – there’s a heightened sense of ‘seeing’ that excites me.

The motion, direction, texture and strength of my drawings informs and directs my stitches. I usually use a sewing machine for free machine embroidery : sewing at 1600 stitches per minute, sewing to me is like going to the gym – I want it to be physically hard work, I don’t want to consider embroidery as a relaxing activity : I want to be very physically involved and engaged in every moment.

Drawing an observations from the landscape and the energy/emotion of that landscape completely underpin my creative – if I did nothing else I would have to draw as a way to express myself.

Dionne Swift is a graduate of Goldsmith’s College, London University, she has a Masters in Textiles from UCE, Birmingham and has over 28 years of creative practice experience. Now based in Yorkshire, UK and Abruzzo, Italy, she exhibits and tutors internationally.

‘Dionne Swift’s engaging and innovative work commands huge respect from her peers as well as from other professionals and the public.Her great skill and extensive knowledge of her materials, techniques and processes are leading to exciting synergies.  She not only breaks boundaries but admits to ignoring them, the results showing an uncompromising integrity.’  Melissa Warren: Textile Artist

“Dionne has a grasp of the abstract and the perception to transpose to the particular in  machine embroidered poetic landscapes” Diana Springall

What Drawing and Mark Making_ Paper and Cloth with Dionne Swift

When October 18, 19, 20, 21

Where Westwinds Community Centre, Woodbridge

Cost $380

The offer email for this workshop will be sent to all financial members at 7am November 29.

Full payment will be due 2019, January 30

As of late December 2018, there is a  small wait list. Please email Chris (workshops co ordinator) if you are interested in having your name added to the wait list, as wait list people do sometimes (often) get lucky.













Stitching and Beyond Inc. Workshop Bookings

Please feel free to join our group if you would like to attend a workshop. Membership is just $20 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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