Patchwork and Quilting
Tutor: Helen Daboul (Mondays & Tuesdays daytime), Helene Toohey (Monday evenings)
Beginners are encouraged to undertake a small hand project, a Churn Dash table topper or large cushion cover, where they will learn the skills of template making, fabric cutting and hand piecing and quilting. The majority of students in these classes opt for machine sewn patchwork but some prefer to hand piece and hand quilt – either form is an option for this class. Freehand machine quilting is also taught.
All students provide their own materials and equipment although there are class cutting boards, rulers and rotary cutters available to you while you are in class as well as a Janome sewing machine. However, these are only available in class time and are not permitted to be borrowed for home use.
Mondays: 12:30 – 3:00 pm & 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Tuesdays: 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Tutor: Kaylee Doyle
The first 3-4 weeks of classes are used to create a beginner picture of either a Bearded Iris or Heliotrope Fairy or Coffee Cups. Using numerous prints of the same image, students will learn the correct techniques for sealing, cutting and shaping to build up the prints into a 3-dimensional picture using silicon and finally glossing the finished picture. They will also learn to look for depth and perspective in pictures and also how to use various techniques to create realism.
During the remaining weeks, following completion of this picture, students can then create a picture of their choice and learn more of the many ways that paper can be cut, shaped, scooped, feathered and furred to make realistic and almost life-like pictures.
Wednesdays: 9:30 am – midday
Tutor: Pat Hargreaves
This basic floristry course takes you through the following:
- The tools, the mechanics, the containers which are part of the flower arranger’s stock in trade
- How and when to include garden flowers and prepare them
- What are good and bad buys in floristry shops
- Learning about colour and foliage
- Advice on matching flower arrangements, both modern and traditional, with their surroundings
- Where to buy your flowers and supplies.
- Finishing arrangement in harmony with ribbons
Thursdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 midday
Tutor: Milu Pattinson
Learn how to create stunning pieces using traditional Decoupage methods. This 17th century craft uses picture paper, such as wrapping paper, to decorate items such as ornaments, boxes and trays graduating to larger pieces such as tables and screens. Pictures are cut and adhered to the item to a painted item to form a decorative picture which is then coated in multiple layers of lacquer. Students will learn basic principles of design, the art of cutting, basic painting techniques and different finishing techniques. Students can progress through to other forms of Decoupage such as under glass, on glass, Moulage and Repousse.
Wednesdays: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Knitting and Crochet
Tutor: Helen Daboul
This class is returning by popular demand. For beginners through to advanced.
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 12 midday
Tutor: Sally Brown
Learn to make your own mosaics at your own pace in a relaxing atmosphere. You can begin the class decorating a small terra cotta pot using a variety of materials from ceramic tiles to china, beads or shells. You can then move on to more challenging projects for your garden and learn to use stained glass in your mosaics. There is no limit to what you can make in this exciting class!
Tuesdays: 11 am – 1:30pm