Stitching and Beyond Inc. began after a 2005 quilting exhibition. Wendy Koolhof and Mahdi Chandler, both long-standing teachers and practitioners of Contemporary Textile Arts in Tasmania, invited interested participants to join a group which explored and promoted every aspect of traditional and contemporary textiles.

Since then Stitching and Beyond Inc.’s membership has grown to more than 100 textile artists from all regions of Tasmania and further afield.  New local, national and international members are most welcome.

Stitching and Beyond Inc members

  • share a passion for fabrics, fibre and threads, colour and texture
  • showcase a broad approach to textiles in all forms
  • exhibit works in a range of forums
  • share ideas and knowledge collected over many years from varying backgrounds
  • share textile techniques
  • support members in their textile quests
  • advertise opportunities for people to participate in workshops run by members
  • sponsor Australian and international tutors to teach in Tasmania
  • encourage the community to take up needles, threads, fabric, colour, any kind of  fibre and paper.

Member Benefits:

  • being part of a group which loves experimenting with textiles and textile art in endless forms
  • first option to enrol in Stitching and Beyond Inc. workshops
  • online discussions and alerts on our associated FaceBook page
  • access to a growing index of  books, ebooks, textile related websites and other resources
  • regular notices via Latest News
  • members’ calendar
  • free public listing of members’ personal website addresses – please email your request to the Webmaster
  • regular meetings


Daytime and evening meetings are held each month for members to bring a project, find out what’s happening textile-wise, have a coffee and a chat. Visitors are always welcome.  Occasional Sunday meetings explore textile techniques.


Stitching and Beyond sponsors international, interstate and local tutors to teach in Tasmania, including:

  • 2018 – Eszter Bornemisza, Jette Clover, Gemma Black, Helen MacRitchie, Julie Ryder, Gloria Loughman, Mary Hettmansperger
  • 2017 – Jeanette DeNicolis Meyer, Leiko Uchiyama, Richard, Klekociuk, Shirley Johnson, Nicola Henly, Caroline Bartlett, Dionne Swift, Kathryn Harmer Fox
  • 2016 – Jeanette DeNicolis Meyer, Mary Hettmansperger, Gloria Loughman, Glenys Mann, Sandy Webster, Cordula Kageman, Terry Pinfold, Laura Edgar
  • 2015 – Cas Holmes, Andrea Graham, Cordula Kagemann and Susan Purney Mark, Gloria Loughman, Effie Mitrofanis, Gemma Black
  • 2014 – Lisa Walton, Diane Savona, Kay Khan, Penny Eamer, Alison Schwabe, Adele Outteridge
  • 2013 – Jenny Blake, Elizabeth Archer, Caroline Amos, Sandy Webster, Isobel Hall, Cas Holmes, Ken Smith, Grietje Van Randen and Jo Wild
  • 2012 – Jane Sassaman, Jenny Bowker,Trace Willans, Jenny Blake, Elizabeth Archer and Caroline Amos
  • 2011 – Sandy Webster, Sandra Meech, Joan Schulze, Marie-Therese Wisniowski and Gail Stiffe
  • 2010 – Britain’s Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, and Australia’s Lisa Walton
  • 2009 – Dijanne Cevaal, Sandra Meech

Go to Events for further details of currently forthcoming workshops.  

More Information

For more information about Stitching and Beyond, join us at our monthly meetings or contact us or peruse the gallery images.

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

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