The Embroidery Den prides itself on providing high quality and consistent classes and workshops for those wanting to expand their craft and knowledge. We are always hosting highly skilled artist who have a passion for their craft. The ‘Classes’ tab lists all our regular classes by local artists. The ‘Workshops’ tab lists all of our short courses taught by local and international guests.
See below for this year's list of classes and workshops.
Monday afternoon Sit and Sew
This friendly group is designed for those who just want some company while stitching, knitting, quilting and crocheting in a light-filled space. Bring along your project. When: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Cost: $10 per class
Each alternative Tuesday Ana Mallah and Christine Burton will be at The Den
Ana Mallah will be joining us this year every fortnight. Her passion for embroidery is evident in her beautiful designs which will be available to purchase from the shop. ‘Hi everyone. My name is Ana. My passion is embroidery and I especially love thread painting and stumpwork. You may have seen my little flower pots in the latest Inspirations book “Factoria VII”. I’m looking to meeting you all, being inspired by all your projects and helping you with all your embroidery queries!’ Ana will be teaching fortnightly at the Den on Tuesday mornings on the following dates:
- 4th & 18th of February
- 3rd & 17th of March
- 7th & 21st of April
- 5th & 19th of May
- 2nd & 16th of June
- 7th & 21st of July
- 4th & 18th of August
- 1st & 15th of September
- 6th & 20th of October
- 3rd & 17th of November
- 1st & 15th of December
Bookings essential. Casual rates apply. When: 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon Cost: $24 per class
Starting out with Crewel embroidery Christine has since gone on to learn numerous embroidery techniques from tutors in Australia and America and in 2019 completed the Certificate in Technical Hand Embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in London.A member of numerous stitching groups, Christine also regularly exhibits her work at local events and teaches at the Embroiderer’s Guild of Victoria across the state and at various embroidery shops around Melbourne. Her work has also been published in ‘Inspirations’ embroidery magazine. Awarded the Ethel Oates Scholarship by the Embroiderer’s Guild in 2017, Christine has most recently focused on historic 17th-century embroidery techniques, in particular, Blackwork, Stumpwork, Crewel, and Goldwork and enjoys sharing these skills with today’s needleworkers.
The days Christine will be teaching at the Embroidery Den are as follows:
- 11th & 25th of February
- 10th, 24th & 31st of March
- 14th of April
- 12th & 26th of May
- 9th & 23rd & 30th of June
- 14th & 28th of July
- 11th & 25th of August
- 8th & 22nd of September
- 13th & 27th of October
- 10th & 24th of November
- 8th of December
Bookings essential. Casual rates apply. When: 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon Cost: $24 per class.
Wednesday Afternoon Needlework
All embroidery levels welcome in this class. The ladies work on their own projects at their own pace. Bring your own project or try your hand at something new. Help is always on hand in a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Bookings essential. Casual rates apply When: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Cost: $27 per class
Thursday Afternoon Needlework
All levels of embroidery knitting and crochet available in this class. Come along and try your hand at something new or bring your own UFO. Make new friends and be inspired in this relaxed and friendly environment. Bookings essential. Casual rates apply. When: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Cost: $24 per class (plus any materials needed)
Friday Morning with Robert Capes
Robert returns to The Embroidery Den from Friday March 6 to share his enthusiasm for creating a piece of art from a blank piece of canvas.
Dare to draw and create your own design colouring it in with your choice of threads, decorative stitching, beads, baubles, feathers fabrics and embellishments, rather than pursuing a crafted prescribed project; it’s fun and liberating and all about “light rather than tight”.
In his book, “Creative Needlepoint” Robert describes and illustrates his approach to embroidery, extending traditional techniques to create three dimensional depth. His body of works include his “Alice in Wonderland” series, together with a portrait of Dame Joan Sutherland as Violetta from La Traviata.
He has appeared on television programs such as; Healthy Wealthy and Wise and the Today Show with Liz Hayes and online his book has recently been appraised by Michelle from Michelle’s Romantic Tangles who said of his work… “it absolutely takes my breath away”.
Classes start March 6th and run from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm every Friday
Saturday Morning Needlework
All embroidery levels welcome in this class. Come along with a UFO or start a new project. Casual rates apply.
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm each fortnight.
Please note some of the dates for the weekly classes may change due to workshop requirements.
Watch this space for further information. You may also call us at 9532 2142 or email us at [email protected] for more information.
Please note that bookings and deposits are essential
Call us at 9532 2142 or email us for bookings
Diva Days with Catherine Howell
Catherine is a welcome addition here at the Den. Her beautiful designs cover a variety of styles from contemporary to whimsical. Divine Diva’s, Crewel Embroidery Baby Blankets and Sewing compendiums. All fun and colourful to create. You can make any of her designs in class or bring your own design. Small classes make for a great environment to stitch and learn. A light lunch and morning and afternoon tea are provided.
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
• Saturday, 8th February
• Saturday, 14th March
• Saturday, 11th April
• Saturday 9th May
• Saturday, 13th June
• Saturday 11th July
• Saturday, 8th August
• Saturday 12th September
• Saturday 10th October
• Saturday 14th November
• Saturday 12th December
Cost: $85.00 per session plus materials.
Phone to place your deposit and reserve your seat today.
Free Form Embroidery with Christine Lethlean
Join this talented artist and bring to life treasured pieces of cloth and enhance them with a touch of free form embroidery then embellish to create your very own masterpiece.
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dates: • Saturday, 23rd May • Saturday 22nd August • Saturday 21st November. Cost: $110 plus kit.
Phone to place your deposit and reserve your seat today.
Stumpwork & Goldwork with Jane Nicholas
Jane has been teaching Stumpwork Embroidery for over 20 years and in more recent times has included Goldwork designs into her delightful range. Jane has many beautiful books published with her designs of butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers. We are indeed privileged to welcome her once again to The Embroidery Den in 2020. The Gold Japanese Butterflies class is suitable for experienced stitchers as we have to move fairly quickly, but the class for the Japanese Morning Glory & Grasshopper is suitable for all levels of experience and ability.
A requirements list will be provided at the time of booking.
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
• Gold Japanese Butterflies:
Friday & Sunday, 26th & 28th June
• Japanese Morning Glory & Grasshopper:
Saturday & Monday, 27th & 29th June
Cost: $295 for each 2-day course
A light lunch, morning and afternoon tea are provided. Please advise of any special dietary requirements prior to class.
Kit cost: Gold Japanese Butterflies: $32
Japanese Morning Glory & Grasshopper: $34
to be paid direct to Jane in cash;
A non – refundable 50% deposit is required at time of booking.
Delma Moore Workshop
Delma is the owner and designer of “Blackberry Lane” and designs beautiful Brazilian Embroidery projects and Australian Floral designs using ‘Edmar’ Brazilian embroidery threads and Gumnut Yarns. Her designs have a three-dimensional effect which brings her designs to life. Her projects are a delight to stitch.
Booking and non-refundable deposit essential. A light lunch and morning and afternoon tea are provided.
Delma will be with us on the first Saturday of each month:
- Saturday 1st February
- Saturday 7th March
- Saturday 2nd May
- Saturday 6th June
- Saturday 4th July
- Saturday 1st August
- Saturday 5th September
- Saturday 3rd October
- Saturday 7th November
- Saturday 5th December
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Cost: $85
Owen Davies from the Royal School of Needlework will be here in March
Celebrate the art of hand embroidery and share the passion of Owen Davies for this wonderful art.
Owen graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 1994. He became the first and only man to complete the Apprenticeship since 1872. Upon graduating he was invited to work in the workrooms at Hampton Court Palace where he stayed working on commissions and teaching for the School. During this time he created the embroidered knot garden classes which were inspired by the surroundings of Hampton Court. From these firm foundations, he has gone from strength to strength in developing new and imaginative techniques together with styles of work that have naturally evolved from the 1000 years of embroidery and stitching in England.
In 2003 he was commissioned by the BBC to teach Hilary Kay how to embroider on the William Morris Brilliantly British series. He went on to teach traditional hand embroidery around the country and launched the international bestseller Embroidered Knot Garden book with co-author Gill Holdsworth in 2006. The book was well received in the USA where he was invited to give lectures and teach. In 2015, he successfully ran a course of workshops in both Australia and New Zealand and is returning this March to Australia.
He continues to lecture and give workshops, both home and abroad, as well as being involved in consulting work for the John Lewis partnership.
His aim is to encourage as many people as possible to “take up the needle” and to embrace the art of embroidery, an art that is as relevant today as it was for our ancestors in bygone days.
Owen Davies will hold a 3 day workshop the 26th, 27th and 28th March at the Embroidery Den.
Project: Embroidered 3-Dimensional Knot Garden,
which can include flower bed with topiary or water feature as pictured.
Cost : $320 (includes morning & afternoon tea and a light lunch).
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking.
Kit: $115.65 (in cash to Owen).
Limited seating available.
Owens book. Embroidered Knot Gardens is available online.