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Stitch-In at the Tops 2019

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July 2019

A weekend of stitching in an idyllic setting.  This is a fund raising event for the Headquarters Building Fund held at Boronia Lodge within The Stanwell Tops Conference Centre in the Northern Illawarra, approx. 1 hour by road south of Sydney CBD.  We are planning "Stitch-In" Number 8!  You may choose one of the two-day classes or use your weekend to work independently on your own embroidery.  The tutors will be donating their time and expertise for the workshops.

At the STCC Boronia Lodge, 12 ensuite bedrooms will be available for three students to share.  These rooms are 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 on booking if you need linen. The classrooms are within Boronia; they have good lighting and air-conditioning.  

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 advise on booking if you need one of these food options.


Independent stitchers $350           Guild Members $300

Workshops                   $400           Guild Members $350  

A deposit of $100 is required to secure a place with a completed application form.   

Bookings open 4 February 2019, full payment due by Friday 21 June  2019.

Additional details please contact Judith Langdon Ph: 02 4267 5905 or 


For full details click here to open/print the 3 page Publicity PDF:

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Click here for Application form in PDF format:

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Yvonne is offering a workshop in needleweaving, a versatile technique with a long and interesting history.

In this workshop, you will explore effects gained after fabric threads are cut and drawn back, in both vertical
and horizontal directions, leaving two layers.

The needleweaving is worked using the loose fabric threads and creating an interesting image.

Some items will be provided by Yvonne in a kit which will cost approximately $15.

Suitable for all embroiderers.



TIED IN A KNOT with Margaret Gollan

Technique: surface stitchery
Experience: all levels

This workshop begins learning a couple of interlacing stitches. Once you have the rhythm of the stitches the interlacing flows smoothly.

You will then use your new found skills and confidence to design an oversized needlecase/ book cover/ panel.
The design will be transferred to the fabric using soluble fabric. 

As interlacing is a feature of some Indian embroidery styles, your design should be worked in your
favourite bright colours using Perle 5 or Perle 8 (or a combination) – depending on the texture look you want.