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Workshop 1

Experimenting with embroidery, an introduction to discover your own voice.

Friday 7 February or Saturday 8 February, at the TTC workspace in Samford, QLD

9.30am - 12.30pm and/or 1.30pm - 4.30pm

You can choose to do just the morning/afternoon or stay the whole day

Max 4 people

3hrs = $45 and 6hrs=$90

Morning/afternoon tea provided

Please BYO lunch if you stay all day.


Most of us know a few embroidery stitches, like running -, back -, or blanket stitch. In this workshop we will look at them individually and take these to a next level. 

You will start with a basic stitch and find new ways of using it, creating different textures and rhythms. This is a playful way of experimenting and will give you new ideas to use for a next project. This can be: personalising your clothes, decorating soft furnishings, making your own textile pictures, etc.

For each basic stitch you will make a small sample cloth with experimentations, which will become a handy resource. It can grow into a book with your own stitch-vocabulary.

Expect brainstorming, playing, expanding, more inspiration.


If you like to continue your learning, there is the option to join the Slow Stitch Tuesday (see below).



To sign up, please click below

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Workshop 2

Upcycle a business shirt into a dress

Friday 6 March or Saturday 7 March, at the TTC workspace in Samford, QLD

10 am - 4 pm

Max 3 people

Price: $90 

Morning/afternoon tea provided

BYO: shirt and lunch


There is an abundance of business shirts in the op-shops or you may even have a few at home. 

The best ones to use for this project are made of natural fibres, they are light and flowy. Count yourself lucky if you have a large one to play with, the more fabric the better!

Expect a lot of experimenting, cutting, pinning, changing, adding, hand sewing, and maybe some machine sewing.


If you like more time to work on your dress, there is an option of a casual follow-up session at a date and time of your choice. I am asking a total of $60 for 2 hours, so your fee is depending on how many people join in. 

Or you can join the Slow Stitch Tuesday, where everyone gets support with their individual project.


To sign up, please click below

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Workshop 3

Textile Collage

A Saturday and weekday in April, to be advised, in the TTC workspace in Samford, QLD

9.30am - 12.30pm and/or 1.30 - 4.30pm

You can choose to do just the morning/afternoon or stay the whole day

Max 4 people

3hrs = $45 and 6hrs=$90

Morning/afternoon tea provided

BYO: pins, needles and lunch if you stay all day


This is a very good way of using up fabric scraps that are too beautiful to part with; some might have special memories.

The emphasis here is on the process of slow stitching. You will learn how to start a collage and how to build it further into a larger surface, through various embroidery stitches. We will talk about colour, composition and texture. 


At the end of the workshop you have a small textile piece that can be used in many creative ways: a feature pocket, little bag, wall hanging, etc. It can also be the beginning of a bigger project: a cushion cover, quilt, or even a skirt with a story!

Expect playing, exploring, new inspiration.


It is encouraged to bring some of your own fabrics/threads that you like to use in your work.


If you like to continue your learning, there is the option to join the Slow Stitch Tuesday (see below).

To sign up, please click below

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regular lessons

Slow Stitch Tuesday

Slow Stitch Tuesday is available for anyone who has done a workshop and would like to continue receiving support with their textile work. Throughout the year Slow Stitch Tuesday will run every fortnight, starting on Tuesday 11 February, 10am - 12.00 noon, at the TTC workspace in Samford, QLD. If you pay per month it costs $25 per session or otherwise $30 casual. Materials and coffee/tea provided. 

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Private Lessons

When you like to learn a specific textile technique or you prefer to learn in a one-on-one setting. Available at a time of your choice. The price is $35 per hour.

Reviews

"I recently went to a wonderful upcycling workshop with tutor and artist Lucie Verhelst. She is such an inspiration.
Each bought an individual item that we wanted to change, remodel or just expand. Lucie cleverly guided us through our ideas and how to make them happen. Lucie’s skills as a textile and paper artist really showed as she could see clearly how fabric could be folded, cut and stitched into 3D form to fit our desired effect. The class became a hotspot of cross invention and activity, encouraged by Lucie’s unique freeform of making, and her own delightful garments on display.
I learnt so much and will be back for more.
Thanks Lucie!"
J. from Samford Valley 

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Some feedback from the 30 June Textile Collage Workshop participants:

  • "It was a lovely, stress-free learning environment. Thank you." 
  • "I loved the variety of samples (for inspiration) and the beautiful materials we could use for our creations."

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12 September Textile Collage private workshop:

"Don’t know what textile collage is???? -  then you definitely need to try it - and do it with Lucie. With my new knowledge it is very nice, if I have 10 minutes I can pick up my project, add some stitches and see some instant changes.

What a relaxing and fun filled day, at a beautiful venue with a very talented and generous artist." Cheers, Sue

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