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Stitch-In at the TOPS 2018

A stitching weekend away in an idyllic setting Fri 15 - Sun 17 June 2018 

Open to Guild Members and Guests (Non Members)

This is a fund-raising event (for Guild Headquarters Building Fund) at Boronia Lodge within the Stanwell Tops Conference Centre (STCCC)  in the Northern Illawarra, approximately 1 hour by road south of Sydney CBD. Click here for Tops Map

The Venue

This is Stitch-In No. 7 and once again you can choose one of the two-day Workshops or work independently on your own embroidery.

At the STCCC 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.  Participants need to supply bed linen and towels or may be hired for a $15 fee.  Please advise on booking if you require linen.

The classrooms are within Boronia Lodge, they are air-conditioned and have good lighting, but in case of overcast days it is advisable to consider bringing a battery operated lamp. We prefer these so there are no power boards and cables to trip over.  

For everyone attending, 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 food options on booking


Workshop participants:     Guests $400        Guild Members $350
Independent stitchers:       Guests $350        Guild Members $300

A deposit of $100 and a completed Application Form is required to  secure a place.  Pay by cheque, credit card or direct deposit. Contact Guild office on 02 9743 2501 to book. 

The tutors are donating their time for workshops!

Bookings (see Application Form below) will open on Thursday 1st February, 2018.  
Full payment is required by Friday 18 May 2018.

More information can be obtained from Judith Langdon 02 4267 5905 or email

Application Form

Application form in Microsoft Word, open, complete online, save and return by email:  

Stitch-In at the Tops June 2018 Application form WORD Stitch-In at the Tops June 2018 Application form WORD (29 KB)

Application form in PDF, print, fill in, scan and email to return or fax/post:  

Stitch-In at the Tops June 2018 Application form PDF Stitch-In at the Tops June 2018 Application form PDF (243 KB)

Print off a copy of the event details: 

Stitch-In at the Tops June 2018 Publicity PDF Stitch-In at the Tops June 2018 Publicity PDF (345 KB)

The Workshops

Symphony in Silk or Peacock Feathers with Dianne Magro

Dianne has offered to teach 2 techniques this year.  Students may choose either ‘Symphony in Silk’ or ‘Peacock Feathers’.  Symphony in Silk is based on stitch direction to create a design.  Dianne has a great love for silk fabric and threads.  The threads of the fabric are used to create beautiful contrast between very high shine and flat dull colour.  You will take a plain piece of silk and turn it into something quite different.  Some experience is necessary for this workshop.
The Peacock Feathers workshop give instruction for making a four piece Chatelaine set as well as twisted cords and a tassel.  Alternatively, your stitching may become a panel for a very special piece of work.

Please advise at time of booking which of Dianne’s options you would like.


Abstract Embroidery with Helen Parsons

Helen is offering Abstract Embroidery to introduce participants to the fun, ease and enjoyment of extracting abstract elements from personal photographs or photographs from magazines etc. and  interpret them in surface stitches to create lively and colourful contemporary embroidery.

Fabric and threads with their unique qualities can be a starting point for contemporary design when combined with abstracted line elements from favourite photographs. Working directly from materials means working without any preliminary sketches or preconceived ideas of the end result.  It is a ‘hands on’ approach, which challenges our inventiveness, a desire to explore and to do something different.

You will also learn about abstract artists of the mid-20th century and see examples of their work. You will learn how to use interesting visual elements of the world around you to create interesting and intriguing abstract designs.                 


 If more information is required please contact Judith Langdon 02 4267 5905 or email  or contact Guild Headquarters by clicking here Contact Us