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Spare time? Locked down with an urge to be more creative and upskill? 
Embroidery Courses on offer to suit all levels !

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EXTENSIONS 2023/2024

2023 Dates:

2024 Dates:

Saturday July 8, September 23 and November 25

Saturday February 24, April 27 and June 22

Class times:
10am to 3:30pm with 30 minutes for lunch
76 Queen St, Concord West NSW
Non-members $1,000/ Members $850 (payment due June 8)

Skill level & Tutors:

Students must have experience in embroidery and new registrants are advised to contact Effie Mitrofanis (photo below) and/or Dianne Magro for more information and to discuss how this course might suit you

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Course Outline

The aim of EXTENSIONS  is to extend the personal development of participants.

Starting where they are now, outcomes will be different for each student. It is a journey, a step-by-step process, where the journey is the course which will culminate with a final Outcomes Review and a Certificate of Completion.

This course is designed to provide an experience to practice and study an aspect of a style of embroidery within a technique of your choice to extend knowledge and skills of historical and contemporary embroidery. It is a structured course supported by guidance and mentoring together with access to the Guild's facilities of the Historical Collection, the Research Room, Library and Threaded Needle.

This is an exciting new opportunity to experience a personal journey within a group of like-minded embroiderers and the Guild's up-to-date facilities.

For further information contact Effie Mitrofanis and/or Diane Magro through the Guild email address:

        Canvas Work
        Counted Thread
        Drawn Thread
        Machine Embroidery
        Metal Thread Embroidery
        Pulled Fabric
        Surface Stitchery
        3D embroidery
        Whitework (originating as white on white or self-coloured embroidery where the technique is not  studied under another category)

Counted Thread: means counted surface stitches where the fabric is not pulled, cut or withdrawn. It includes cross stitch and pattern darning but not canvas work where the thread lies on the surface of the fabric.

Drawn Thread: refers to techniques where only the fabric threads are removed, either vertically and/or horizontally.  It includes Italian cut work which is a form of Drawn Thread work.

Pulled Fabric: certain parts of the fabric are pulled together to open other parts and is combined with surface stitches.

Whitework: includes 'cutwork', where small areas of the background are cut away and fine needlework.  Fine needlework incorporates shadows and openness of fabric and thread to give an appearance similar to lace with emphasis on dense areas in design.

* Be encouraged by mentor(s)
* Describe the style contained within the technique
* Be informed of technical procedures relevant to transfer of designs, finishing and making up
        processes, materials and other equipment
* Portfolio of process to include a Visual Journal, refer to outcomes below
* Compiling a Bibliography
* Present finished work effectively
* Assess final results in relation to starting point and objectives

* A traditional/historical piece
* A contemporary piece
* A brief 2 page history of the style within the chosen technique
* Stitch sample(s) demonstrating knowledge of the style within the chosen technique
* Visual journal with samples
* an Exhibition in Guild's rooms

Outcomes Review
* Participants together with Mentoring Tutors to evaluate outcomes in relation to agreed starting point and objectives

Enrolled participants must maintain financial membership of the Guild for the entire duration of the course. For more information email or phone 02 9743 2501