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Stitch-In at the Tops 2020

Fri 24 to Sun 26 July 2020 a weekend of stitching in an idyllic setting, Stitch-In No. 9 is coming u..

Stitch-In at the Tops 2020

Fri 24 to Sun 26 July 2020 a weekend of stitching in an idyllic setting, Stitch-In No. 9 is coming up!
Staying at Boronia Lodge within The Stanwell Tops Conference Centre in the Northern Illawarra, approximately 1 hour by road south of Sydney CBD.
You may choose one of the two-day classes or use your weekend to work independently on your own embroidery.   
At Boronia Lodge, 12 ensuite bedrooms will be available for three people per room. Each room is furnished with 1 double, 1 single and 1 lower bunk bed. There is also one bedroom with accessible bathroom which will accommodate 2 students.
All beds have a quilt and pillow and the rooms have heating.  Bed linen and towels are to be supplied by guests or may be hired for a $15 fee.  Please advise upon booking if you require linen. 
For all guests, the weekend includes all meals, morning and afternoon tea and supper from dinner on Friday evening to lunch on Sunday. 
Vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free meal options are available. Please also advise on booking if you need one of the other food options.
If you can’t come for the whole weekend, what about one day? Or come as a day guest only.  Contact the Guild to discuss.
 Workshops $400  Guild Members $350
 Independent Stitching $350  Guild Members $300 

Workshops Offered at Stitch-In 2020


This 2 day Hand Embroidery workshop is in the “style” of French Embroiderer, Cecile Franconie.
I did a one day workshop with Cecile in 2016 when she was a guest of the “Craft & Quilt Show”.

I have developed a series of workshops using some of her techniques;
-100% cotton patchwork fabrics and left- overs from other projects
-Simple Stitches
-Using up the stash, making odd things ‘work’

In this workshop I suggest you make a pincushion and needle case or small drawstring project bag.

 I have several workshops in this style. What I especially like is that you are encouraged to make the most of what you have, and making everything work.

Cecile, uses lots of different yarns in her pieces so if you knit or crochet, some of the Novelty yarns often work a treat! This is fun and also relaxing and completely addictive.


Ever wanted to incorporate words to convey meaning in your work? Be inspired by contemporary artists who use meaningful words and text as inspiration and in their final works.
This relaxed workshop is an opportunity to explore your favourite texts; to play with fabrics, papers and threads from your stash; to learn simple layering and collage techniques; and a variety of ways of using and stitching words, with simple embroidery stitches in your work.
Students will be assisted to extract abstract design elements from photographs to create contemporary embroideries.

The tutor will have examples from her exhibitions – Why are there no great female artists?: Homage to Linda Nochlin; Gathering the Threads: Coming home and Lives across the Centuries: The untold stories.
Finished works can be used as wall hangings, framed artwork, or incorporated into a textile book format.  Student instructions, including a bibliography, will be provided in class.            

A deposit of $100 is required to secure a place with a completed application form. 
Tutors are generously donating their time for workshops.

Bookings will open on Monday 3 February 2020.
Application Forms are below and available on the website or from the Guild by emailing 
Additional information may be obtained from Roz Miller on 0455 741 555 or email

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