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Stitch-In at the Tops 2018

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 June 2018 

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 7!  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.  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.


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 1 February 2018, full payment due by Friday 18 May 2018.

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

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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.



Symphony in Silk

Peacock Feathers

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.