Meetings

Exhibitions

Workshops

Meetings

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 is currently suspended due to our meeting room not being available.

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.

Members share an amazing diversity of creative work at our get togethers.

Hand dyed and hand spun wool in a glorious riot of colour

 

Precious found shells and stitch

 

Elegant hand made shoes

 

Self portrait in stitch

 

Metal, fabric, image and stitch – 3D sculture or single art works to hang on the wall

 

3D vessels inspired by African eyes

 

 

 

Quirky fun

 

Assemblage

 

And stitch ventures into comic illustration

felting fun

 

Joyful colour!

 

Quilt inspired by Gloria Loughman

 

Traveller’s blanket – the journey through Covid times

 

And UFOs come to light during Covid

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Exhibitions

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

Workshops

  • Each year our workshop programme is usually a combination of ones led by international, Australian and local artists as well as simple hands-on one day workshops where members encourage each other to take a serendipitous experimental path, trying “what if…” with various techniques. COVID has altered our usual pattern – see workshop offerings below.
  • We share some tutors with Fibre Arts Australia each year.
  • If there is a tutor or artist you would love to have us host, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences.
  • We have held major workshops with Jane Sassaman, Jenny Bowker, Trace Willans, Cas Holmes, Sandy Webster, Caroline Amos, Grietje van Randen, Jenny Blake, Elizabeth Archer, Ken Smith,Jo Wild, Penny Eamer, Isobel Hall, Lisa Walton, Diane Savona ,Kay Khan, Shauna Mayben, Effie Mitrofanis, Alison SchwabeGemma Black, Cordula Kagemann , Susan Purney Mark,  Terry Pinfold , Gloria Loughman, Jeannette DeNicolis Myer, Mary Hettmansperger.  Dionne Swift , Richard KlekociukEszter BornemiszaJette Clover , Helen MacRitchie,  Julie RyderAlysn Midgelow-MarsdenKathryn Harmer Fox, Gail Stiffe
  • Below you will find advance notice of some tutors planned for 2020.  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, less frequently during COVID lockdowns) 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 .

2020 Workshops

Due to COVID. all those wonderful 2020 contracts have been cancelled apart from Dorte Jensen’s in November.

We do have some wonderful names secretly pencilled in our plans for 2021,  but circumstances will dictate when and if these can go ahead.  Details and images will be posted progressively once contracts are finalised next year.

Our usual process is 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.

PLEASE NOTE

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 (temporarily suspended due to non availability of the room) 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.

ANNOUNCING!

Our program of Taster Workshops, beginning July 18

What a special group to which we belong! Eleven tutors have put up their hand to present a one day workshop, approximately one a fortnight July 18 – November 28. We believe the offering is exciting and varied, and we are confident there is something there to attract most members, and allow you creative stimulus that has been missing for all these months.

  • Just $40 per day (plus some workshops have a materials fee which is noted in the requirements.
  • Ideally 6 students per workshop.
  • You will be given a payment due date with confirmation of your place, but materials fees are to be paid to the tutor. Please bring exact money or arrange a direct transfer.
  • All workshops begin at 10am and finish no later than 4pm
  • Each workshop has a requirements list for you to print.
  • Exact venues will be added on the website as we have them confirmed, but all are within the Hobart area.
  • You will need to bring your own food, mug and tea/coffee makings.
  • The offer email for enrolment will be sent to all members at 7am Thursday July 2.
  • Enrolments as always are taken in order of receipt of replies.
  • The only way to (hopefully) enusre your place in one of these workshops is to be at your computer at 7am!

 

  • Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

 

18 JULY

June Hope THE MAGIC OF FELT – learning to felt for fun

Kingston Library B Block   How to Find B Block @ Kingston

 

 

 

 

June Hope is a Tasmanian textile artist who specialises in traditional felting with a contemporary twist. Her works include wearable and visual arts.
This fun taster session will give you a glimpse of the magic of felt-making. You will learn a few basics so you can continue to work independently and let your imagination run wild.
No experience necessary.
Supplies will be able to be purchased at the workshop. Bring change please.

June Hope Requirement list -felting workshop TASTER

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.


 

1 AUGUST

Tracy Willans (from Soewn Earth)  THE FORAGERS ART: transforming the everyday

How to find the Kingborough Womens Club Rooms

 

 

 

 

This is an Eco-Friendly workshop using only natural materials

Looking at what we can use to make art from the materials that are around us?

Working with teabags as our base, we will transform them with traditional gesso into small surfaces which we can then work back into. I will talk about and show samples of alternative forms of calcium carbonate used in making gesso.

While our surfaces dry, I will supply you with some of my pre-gessoed teabags to explore a range of ways to work back into them including using my handmade local inks, handmade water colour paints and egg tempera

I will be supplying all the materials for this workshop.

There will be a small materials fee of $10 per person

To Bring

   *An apron

   *A notebook and pen

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

15 AUGUST

Roz Wren FLAT PACK PATTERNS – Learn a method to create 2D patterns from 3D objects

How to find the Kingborough Womens Club Rooms

 

 

 

 

I use this method if I am making puppets or 3D art work in fabric. I start with a sculpted maquette or object, make a flat pattern (this is the bit I’ll show you how to do)
I then use these pattern pieces (sometimes enlarged) to craft the object in foam mat or fabric.

Requirements for Roz’s class

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

29 AUGUST

Sally Westcott  THERMOFAX PRINTING – playing with the possibilities

Kingston Library B Block   How to Find B Block @ Kingston

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to try screen printing but didn’t want to buy all that expensive equipment and nasty chemicals?  Thermofax printing is for you!

Just bring with you your imagination and design ideas and I will make the screens from your designs.  Then we play with paint!

Sally Thermofax overview and requirements

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

5 SEPTEMBER

Nikki D’Emden  INDULGENCE – Gold Leaf and Mixed Media

At Nikki’s Studio – partcipants will be sent directions

 

 

 

 

 

Participants will create 2 works using gold leaf and mixed media works using found images, inks, fabric inks textiles, prints or papers. Nikki – activites and requirements

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

19 SEPTEMBER

Judith McKinlay The ABC of Felt

At Judith’s studio surrounded by felted stimulus – participants will be emailed directions.

 

 

 

 

 

Details for Judith’s Felting day

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

3 OCTOBER

Joy Allison   DAZZLING DOLLS – Creating a Costumed Character or a Creature with Attitude

How to find the Kingborough Womens Club Rooms

 

 

 

Madame Tussauds’- move over …  members of S & B are no walkover!

Participants will sculpt a human or animal type head with polymer clay, which will later be attached to the armature (wire or wood). Wadding and fabric can then be added to develop the personality of this unique doll.
This is an opportunity to raid the cupboards for fabric scraps, suede, batting, felt, wool, wire and foil etc to develop the character’s armature and costume using simple basic tools we would all have.
Themes for the figure could include Wild Woman. Wreath Maker, Barnacle Belle, Mother Earth, The Old King, Jail Bird, Bush Babe, Tarantella, Ogre, The Witchdoctor and Carnivale to name a few.

Dazzling Dolls – Costumed Character workshop notes and requirements

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

17 OCTOBER

Chris Hussey RELIEF BLOCKS – create and print to make unique fabrics

Kingston Library B Block    How to Find B Block @ Kingston

 

 

 

 

I enjoy playing around with printing. These are simple, no cost printing blocks which make great printed backgrounds. Then by overlaying and printing with other blocks, you have your own unique and interesting fabrics to use… a play day!

Chris requirements Printing with relief blocks

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

31 OCTOBER

Gemma Black FIBONACCI DAY – Fibonacci, Gold Leaf and Watercolour

How to find the Kingborough Womens Club Rooms

 

As the basis of all living things we will follow the Fibonacci sequence using it to design a little work in watercolour and gold leaf on paper.

Gemma Requirements Fibonacci Day

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

14 NOVEMBER   

Deb Vogel  BANGLES, BAUBLES AND BAGS – creating from discarded materials

How to find the Kingborough Womens Club Rooms

 

 

 

 

I have long had a passion for creative recycling and have shared skills and ideas with adults and children via ReCreate workshops with arts partner Helen Creese over the past couple of years.

Join me for a fun day of creative techniques using materials saved from landfill.

Deb Requirements and overview Bangles, Baubles and Bags

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

28 NOVEMBER

Jenny Blake A CREATIVE CONCERTINA BOOK –  with an imaginative hinge

How to find the Kingborough Womens Club Rooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this workshop you will make a concertina book with foldout pages. The emphasis is on the decorative cover and attachment.

Jenny – Concertina book material list

Please observe ALL current health practices, such as washing/sanitising hands on arrival.

Please also bring your own food, mug, tea/coffee makings (hot water available).


 

    Sadly this workshop is cancelled for 2020.

The hope is we may be able to run it about the same time 2021.

DORTE JENSEN

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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