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Australian Machine Quilting Festival (AMQF) – a festival and show, focusing on machine quilting with amazing teachers from Overseas & Nationally to enhance the learning experience for all genres of machines. Quilt exhibits will be present to inspire and wow you.
Canberra Region Feltmakers – has existed since the early ’90s to support and encourage all those interested in this versatile and exceptionally creative activity. Although based in Canberra, their membership spans not only the local region, but Sydney and the rest of NSW, and also includes a number of interstate and international members.
CraftAlive – Now in its 28th year, CraftAlive is Australia’s largest craft event series. With events in ACT, NSW, QLD, TAS, SA and VIC CraftAlive events feature craft designers and teachers from across the country and covers a wide range of crafts and products from traditional to modern. Each event features both local and national experts, the latest’s craft supplies, kits and equipment, including patchwork, paper craft, scrapbooking, quilting, stitchery, cake decorating, beading and more. CraftAlive is also a hands-on event with interactive classes running all day, every day. A chance to learn from world class specialists.
Evocative Arts and Heritage – provides a range of products and services, including workshops and events. Workshop sizes are always small to give you more personal time with the tutor and to provide a more enriching learning experience. Importantly, you are provided with plenty of work space so you can spread out your work. One on one workshops are available on request.
Geelong Fibre Forum (TAFTA Inc) – Tafta Inc presents a week-long retreat for artists, craftspersons and like-minded individuals to come and create with tutors of their choice. Held annually during the Victorian September school holidays – please check the website for the correct dates and the selection of workshops.
Grampians Texture – an annual workshop series for textile artists which provides an opportunity to participate in workshops with one of approximately 18 visiting Australian or international artists. Workshops are suitable for beginners to experienced artists. Set in Halls Gap, on the edge of the spectacular Grampians National Park, in western Victoria, workshops are available for – 2 day (Sat/Sun), 4 day (Mon-Thur) and 6 day master classes (Sat – Thur). Sessions run from 9 am – 4 pm with morning tea and lunch provided at your workshop.
Handmade Felt Workshops (Feltwilde Studio) – One Day Felt-Making Workshops in Sydney’s Inner West with Felter Gillian Brooks.
HOOKt – Debbie McGuire is a fibre artist specializing in hand spinning, hand dyeing and crocheting.
Martien van Zuilen – Martien’s current range of works includes wearables, bags, rugs, jewellery, vessels, sculpture and more – all made using wool fibres that she colours and manipulates by hand. She invites you to join her in one of her in-depth workshops – learn the hands-on techniques and create your very own treasures in hand-made felt.
Quiltopia – showcasing the latest in quilting products, it is also a hands-on event with interactive classes.
The Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. – The ‘Guild’ is a not-for-profit membership body for anyone and everyone who loves to stitch or would love to learn. People of all ages and walks of life join the Guild for all sorts of reasons: following their creative urge; mastery of a new skill; a love of traditional crafts; memories of learning from family members; the company of like-minded people – just to name a few!
The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria – a state-wide organisation devoted to teaching and learning about all forms of embroidery and textile arts. They run classes, exhibitions, and all sorts of stitching sessions, covering weekdays, evenings and weekends. They give advice, have an amazing library, put on regular displays, and have a museum quality Collection of traditional and contemporary embroidery.
The Victorian Feltmakers Inc – a not-for-profit organisation with over 100 members ranging from beginners to advanced feltmakers. They meet regularly to share the latest feltmaking techniques and keep up-to-date with happenings in the world of felt with natural and synthetic fibres. Their organisation is all about sharing and supporting the development of the feltmaking community.
Treetops Colour Harmonies (Nancy Ballesteros) – Nancy Ballesteros is the designer and creator of Treetops Colour Harmonies. She has been designing colours, creating felt and working with textiles for over 30 years. Nancy continually strives to create new ways of working with superfine wool, silk fabrics and fibres. Her latest series of international workshops can be found HERE.
WAFTA – The Western Australian Fibre and Textile Association (WAFTA) was founded in 1995 and is a dynamic and progressive group with passion, enthusiasm and talent that reflects the growing interest and appreciation of textile and fibre art within the community. WAFTA’s members include both established and emerging artists who between them employ a diverse range and combination of fibre and textile processes incorporating combinations of traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques. There is also an increasing crossover of textiles and other mediums, with glass, digital print, digital projection, ceramics, metal and the natural environment – to name but a few.