WAW 2019 Classes

1401 Little Bee Goldwork – Sue Lucas

This piece is worked in Goldwork techniques. It is a fun little piece to stitch that uses many different types of metal threads to create the little bee. After stitching the background honeycomb you will pad the body of the bee and then apply the metal threads in a variety of different ways. The wings are made using a stumpwork technique and attached to complete your little bee. Finished embroidery measures approximately 10 cm square. The Bee from head to tail measures approximately 4 cm in length.

Kit cost: $60 (includes comprehensive notes, all fabrics (gold silk background), all threads, kid leather, beeswax and needles).

Level: All levels

Tutor Profile

Sue loves to stitch. She has been seriously stitching for the last 10 years, recently designing her own work. Sue loves the challenge of exploring her ideas, working through design, composition, colour, stitch and materials to bring her ideas out of her imagination so others can see and enjoy them.






1402  Exploring Background Techniques – Jill Richards

Ready for two days of inspiring creativity and experimentation? We will be exploring rust dyeing, resist and discharge techniques and mono printing on the first day. On the second day we will continue with another form of mono printing and explore three ways to use Fast 2 Fuse as a starting point and develop it into a background.

All techniques covered can be used as a background for embroidery and further embellishment.

Kit cost: $13 for a geli plate and solutions.

Level: All levels

Tutor Profile

Jill is a textile artist who has exhibited at the Nelson Art Expo twice and also the Wellington Art Show. She is a member of the Nelson Suter Art Society and a member of the collective Art Gallery. Jill loves sharing her knowledge and seeing ways that class participants develop the techniques she has demonstrated to them. Jill says she always learns something herself from working alongside her class participants!








1403  Brazilian Flowers – Donna Kennedy

This design’s flexibility will allow all levels of embroiderers to enjoy. Brazilian is all about the threads and how beautiful they can be. This piece is a mirror image of a floral curve using the specific Brazilian threads. The flowers can be made simpler using other Brazilian stitches. There will be lots of flexibility in the stitches used to make these flowers (only 2 are shown in the sample).

The finished work could be framed, wrapped over a canvas board or folded to make a book cover or needle book.

Size approx 21 x 29.7 cm.

Kit cost: $32 (includes special rayon threads, needles, fabric and instructions).

Level: All levels

Tutor Profile

Donna joined the Rotorua Embroiderers’ Guild in 1999, and has belonged to Nelson Guild and now Kapiti Guild. Donna belongs to ANZEG Extensions and really likes the informal original work that she has been able to create. Brazilian is a special technique that has always held her attention and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge again at WAW.






1404  Hundertwasser – Sarah Hooker   THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

Open a window to the world of Friedrich Hundertwasser. In this class we use a riot of colour to stitch a wild, quirky landscape. Start with felt embroidery and use simple linear stitches to create a tree or house. Stitch this to canvas on which a background is worked that swirls, ebbs and flows around the applique. Canvas and embroidery stitches are mixed in a relaxed free form style where straight lines and accuracy are not required! Construction techniques are demonstrated at the end of class.

Kit cost: $5 (comprehensive notes showing all steps in the project, design ideas and all the stitches).

Level: All levels

Tutor Profile

Many years in retailing of embroidery and patchwork supplies gave Sarah the opportunity to explore all fields of contemporary and traditional hand and machine stitching. Now Sarah teaches what she loves – surface stitchery and canvas work with an emphasis on students creating their own original work, having fun with colour and producing a useful item using the simplest stitches creatively.






1405 Canvaswork Miniature Sewing Kit – Heather Hamm

This class is for all levels of embroiderers as each stitch will be taught. The only ability required is to be able to count. A variety of canvaswork stitches will be worked diagonally to create an interesting design. One of the new variegated threads is a good starting point. Students will experiment with individual use of colour, using tones and shades of a few basic threads that will be stitched to complement and contrast with each other. The chosen colours may be supplemented with metallic, silk or rayon threads if so desired. This project will not be completed in class but full instructions will be given for lining and construction.

Size of folded kit 7.5 x 12.5 cm; opened flat 7.5 x 25 cm.

Kit cost: $3 (includes notes, heavyweight interfacing and 24ct canvas).

Level: All levels

Tutor Profile
Heather has been a member of the Tauranga Embroiderers’ Guild for 28 years and during that time tried varying types of embroidery but always returning to her favourites, canvaswork and pulled thread. After visiting India, Heather experimented with Kantha work and following a workshop with Susan O’Conner has enjoyed surface stitchery.





1406  Frozen in the Rocks of Time – Sue Swann

This panel was inspired by the fossilised fish in the sandstone of the Wyoming cliffs and the Aboriginal rock art of Australia. During this workshop you will have the opportunity to create a similar panel in either the autumn tones of the original panel or a Pacific colourway. You will be provided with pre dyed silk with which to create the textured background and learn how to work with silk paper to add fish to the background. A variety of stitches and threads will be used to embellish the fish. In addition, there will be an opportunity to make a piece of silk paper for a future project. Size approx 45 x 20 cm.

Kit cost: $20 (includes silk paper and pre dyed silk crinkle chiffon, plus some silk roving for making a sample piece of silk paper).

Level: All levels

Tutor Profile 

Sue has always enjoyed working with her hands and over the years has spent what leisure time she had trying a variety of hand crafts, finally finding her niche in embroidery around 20 years ago. When Sue retired she decided to do City & Guilds training as she wanted to develop the necessary skills to design her own work.



1407  Ukranian Whitework Project Case – Julie Clemett  THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL

This elegant project case introduces a number of techniques common in Ukrainian Whitework. The project will not be fully completed within class time but all portions of the pattern will be taught and time allowed for a portion of each to be stitched. Participants will be providing their own choice of fabrics and threads. A discussion and demonstration of construction steps will also be included, along with full instructions.

Design Size: 23 x 28 cm; Finished Project Case: 32 x 26 x 5 cm.

Kit cost: $3 (full instructions).

Level: Suitable for competent beginner stitchers.

Tutor Profile

Julie began stitching at an early age and has enjoyed progressing through many, mainly traditional techniques, then using and combining these techniques into modern projects. She enjoys assisting students to master a new technique, building confidence in and appreciating their developing talents.







1408  Beaded Book Cover, Cuff, Pendant or Brooch – Mona Townson

A fun class where you can design your own book cover, a beaded cuff, or create a pendant or brooch. You will learn how to attach the different types of beads to gain movement and depth in your work.  Colour, texture, size and shape of the beads will be used to create a harmonious panel which can be adapted for any of the items above. Bring your own fabric and selection of beads to reflect your favourite colours to make something you love.

Kit cost: $4 (full instructions).

Level: All levels

Tutor Profile

Mona has used beads in her textile and jewellery work for many years. She places much importance on the colour, shape, size, and composition of each piece. Mona has successfully exhibited nationally and completed commissioned works. She has sold her jewellery in galleries New Zealand wide.