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.
(By clicking on each image, you can view much more detail.)

Recent get togethers have continued to display seemingly endless diversity in a most supportive atmosphere. Our AGM was done and dusted in a miniscule time slot, then on with the really important things of SandB – exploring textiles and all the ways they are used, manipulated, decorated, displayed – the list goes on and on.














Faye’s creativity –  we get treated to a new character and its story every so often.








Glorious colour!









A worthy cause to suppport. if you have books to donate







Lisa’s stitching and sketchbook experiments








Jenny is enjoying weaving







A recent workshop with Gail Stiffe

inspired Joy’s book

























Jill enjoyed making brushes inspired by the recent publication, Shelley Rhodes Sketchbook Explorations









A tiny glimpse of Irene’s masterful machine stitching of wildflowers, front and equally appealing rear views






Jude enjoyed a felting workshop







Bridget enjoyed delving into fashion during a recent Melbourne get away








Jenny creating a thimble holder and a needle case







part of Lauree’s meditative stitching








Parts of one of Sandra’s highly textured art quilts










Shirley has created a denim book inspired by her trips into Central Australia











Come 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.


2020 Workshops

We are almost finished the process of contracting some top names for our 2020 workshop offering covering art quilts, mixed media, book making, 3D felting, printing, hand stitching and more. Details and images will be posted progressively once contracts are finalised. About 10 months ahead of each workshop, financial members are notified through Latest News of the date and time that workshop places open. To gain a place, reply to the offer email; places are allocated in order of receipt of replies, and you are notified about a week later to let you know if you are in the class or on a waitlist. This gives every member a fair and equal chance of enrolling in the more popular 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 ($20 pa) 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.


Updated March 18

We are deeply disappointed at having to cancel our March/April workshops.

If only we had a crystal ball!

As events roll on and change in whatever way over coming weeks and months, we will let you know should other workshops need to be cancelled. Of course, should this happen, you will receive a full refund.

In the meantime, we are proceeding with choosing and contracting other tutors for an enriching 2021 program.



Working under the pseudonym The Pale Rook, Johanna Flanagan is one of Scotland’s leading doll artists with work in collections throughout the world. Her work is known for its raw vulnerability and sensitive, intuitive approach to materials. 

Johanna studied at the Royal College of Art, has worked in film, fashion, costume, and as a historical costumier for many of Scotland’s leading museums.   As a teacher and writer, Johanna’s aim is to guide students in finding their own creative voice by balancing the technical elements of doll making with intuitive design processes.

Johanna lives in Scotland with her partner and two dogs.  Long walks in the forests of the west of Scotland, the local landscape, animal and bird life, as well as the myths and legends of Scotland inspire her doll making.



What Intuitive Doll Making_Dolls as Messengers and Storytellers

When  June 24, 25, 26, 10am – 5pm

Where Moonah Arts  Centre

Cost $285

An email offering places in this workshop will be sent to currently financial members @ 7am, Wednesday February 5. Enrolments are restricted to 12 places, and enrolments will be taken in strict order of replies to the offer email.

Should you have any queries prior to this, please .













Anna Gunnarsdottir is a Textile Artist residing in Akureyri, Iceland.
Anna has her working studio and gallery in downtown Akureyri. It is called “Hvitspoi” which is a bird “curlew” in English.
Focusing on the traditional felt making technique, Anna combines it with a contemporary, fresh approach. She has developed her own unique way of felting, where her signature has a strong sense of Scandinavian and minimal art. Anna´s work is based on the idea of light and shadow, creating large sculptures and 3D wall pieces for both indoor and outdoor use.
Anna has gained international recognition for her sculptural work, exhibited in various countries such as Australia, USA, Germany Sweden and France.

What Different shapes and forms

When  July 15, 16,17 10am – 5pm

Where The Friends’ School Art Studio

Cost $285

Places in this workshop are currently open. Please if you are interested.






I work predominantly with Printmaking and mixed media, often preferring to select surface and media that makes connections with the theme and context. Method and meaning are often interconnected.
Approaches often involve deconstructing and assembling work using collage methods. In particular juxtaposing multi layered Prints and drawings with machine stitch as a way to examine, reinterpret and reimagine.
I tend to be drawn more to Printmaking techniques, such as mono print, that allow ‘chance’ and ‘accident’ as these allow me to adopt a more painterly and expressive approach.
My method of working usually involves some form of initial research and investigation. For instance repeated visits to a location, or historical research in a subject. It is important to me that visual and historical research underpin and inform the group of work. The investigative journey is as much a part of the work as the end result.
Whilst starting points to my work can vary, a recurring interest is in imagery that has a sense of the uncanny. Also, ways to convey a narrative around absence presence and transience. I am especially drawn to subjects with historical and environmental interest.

What Print Paint Collage and Stitch – The Language of Marks

When  8, 9, 10 October, 10am – 5pm

Where The Friends’ School Art Studio

Cost $285

Places in this workshop will be offered in mid February –  watch Latest News for notification.







Dorte lives in Denmark. She is a trained nurse and she worked in the specialty of psychiatry for 20 years. The lure of crafts and needlework continued to be an interest and in 1994 she decided that alongside her professional work to undertake training to become a fabric art teacher through a teacher’s college in Odense. In this regard her passion was picture sewing and her first fabric portrait was created.

Dorte’s portrait work however remained in obscurity in the early days particularly while she was still working as a nurse. During the period May 2007 to January 2014 based on her husband’s work requirements she lived in Poland and retired from nursing and concentrated on her long-term dream of becoming an interior designer. Given this she made some interior décor but her fabric portraits kept calling her. As such she is now well known for her stunning and realistic fabric portraits and Dorte is now a full time Textile Artist. She spoke at Quilt National.

What Portraits with Dorte

When  Nov 3, 4, 5, 6 9am – 5pm

Where Moonah Arts Centre

How many This class is limited to 10 students to ensure highly individualised attention.

Cost $400 (At this early stage, we envisage that this will cover costs including a substantial kit fee.)

Dorte’s teaching style will primarily consist of individual guidance, so that you can work at your own pace. You don’t need to be experienced and beginners are welcome.

In summary you will learn to make a pattern, build your portrait from different pieces of fabric secured with thread which is then mounted onto a wooden stretcher with a rubber frame.

No drawing is required as the photograph forms the basis of your portrait (or self-portrait). Hence the first day working on the photograph is so important.

There is currently one place available, please (workshop co ordinators) if you are interested.

Rose by Dorte 80x110cms


Unknown Indian Woman by Dorte 80x110cms


The man with the yellow hat by Dorte 110x110cms

Dorte teaching in Australia

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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