May Newsletter 2022


Special Announcement! 

Would you like to spend 2 days letting yourself unwind
in the company of like-minded creators & crafters....? 

Slow Stitching Retreat at Crafty or Wot 

23rd & 24th July - 9.30am - 4pm


These are just 2 sample ideas...
we are working on lots more to inspire you!

Full details on website
 & instore.

This is not a structured class with a timetable & a set finished product...
more of a chance for you to experiment & 'play' with threads,
fabrics, beads, buttons, rust dyed fabric, stamped fabrics etc....
Forget about perfection - Put your inner critic on mute....
Enjoy the journey & the process of stitching....
Trudy & Christine will guide you & show you how to create
your own stitched works! 

Cost for the Retreat is $230 

Which includes a 'Welcome Pack' of all sorts of goodies,
Morning & Afternoon Tea, Lunch, Tea, Coffee, Fruit Juice. 
Places are limited - full booking conditions are on the website & instore. 
We look forward to sharing our knowledge &
enthusiasm with you!

Drop In Sessions are still on the go
Mondays & Thursdays - 10am & 1pm - 3pm
Cost $20 per session - tea & coffee available.
Trudy is on hand if you need some advice with your project -
but still needs to attend to customers. 
If you just want some 'time out' from everyday things
to work on a project with like minded people -
you are more than welcome.

New Quilting, Embroidery & 

Boro Inspired / Sashiko Class Dates

Phone bookings can be made - 03 544 7832,
by email -
plus on the website

‘Quilt As You Go’ Beginners Quilting Classes –
 very popular!

28th May Block 4

11th June Block 5

9th July Block 6

New dates will be arranged for the other blocks.
 12" square  Patchwork Blocks made over 6 classes
using the 'Quilt As You Go' technique to make a cosy lap quilt. 
If you just wish to attend 1 or 2 classes they
could be used for tote bag fronts / cushions / placemats etc. 
The 6 different blocks will cover a range of
patchwork & quilting techniques -
including an applique session.

Tutor - Trudy Jones
8 students maximum.
10am prompt start till 4pm'ish

Kit included in the cost of each class - $60. 
Please note - the fabrics pictured are the ones
you will be using for each block.
 Bring a basic sewing kit with you - needles / pins / scissors -
along with your sewing machine in good working order. 
Sewing machine available to borrow for the class -
no charge - but needs to be booked in advance! 
Tea & Coffee available but please bring your lunch. 

Beginners Embroidery Class

18th June

Tutor - Christine Hart
8 students maximum.
10am prompt start till 4pm'ish

Kit included in the cost of each class - $60. 
Using a piece of black & white Designer Fabric –‘Illustrations’ by Alli K –
students will learn a number of embroidery stitches to transform
the fabric to colour! 
A practice piece will be stitched first to learn the embroidery stitches used,
before delving into the printed fabric. 
All threads, fabrics, needles, needle threader & a bound embroidery hoop
will be provided in the kit. 
The finished result could be mounted permanently in the hoop
(I painted the hoop with red acrylic paint after the embroidery was finished)
or mounted on a canvas block…used as the front of a cushion…
even as part of a garment!
Tea & Coffee will be available but please bring your lunch.

 Boro Inspired Purse (with a touch of Sashiko) Class

Saturday 25th June 2022 - 
2 different kits available - please make your choice
at the time of booking as the kits are
made up in advance!  


                          Darks Kit (A)
   Lights Kit (B)

Tea & Coffee available but please bring your lunch.
10am prompt start - 4pm approx finish

Tutor - Christine Hart
8 students maximum.
Kit included in the cost of each class - $55.
Bring a basic sewing kit with you
(thread for tacking / needles / pins / scissors) 

All fabrics, Sashiko thread & Sashiko needles
will be included in your kit to stitch a small purse. 
Along with a sample piece of pre printed Sashiko fabric to stitch,
which could be included in your Boro Purse! 
Final construction will have to be completed later
due to time constraints.
Zip will be inserted - ready for your Boro Stitching. 
Students will learn how to deal with Sashiko thread skeins,
how to stitch Sashiko economically,
plus lots of other tips & tricks to stitch your work. 

New Fabrics in Stock

Flower Shop by Jim Ishikawa

From the Heart by Anita Jeram


Effie's Woods by Deb Strain

Back in Stock -
Where Meadows & Gardens Grow
by Jo Butcher

My progress...slow - but getting there....

That is all for now - thank you from Trudy, Christine & Steve
to everyone who is helping make
our business a sucess in these trying times &
our thoughts go out to those who are not feeling well.  

Bella - the recycled blouse bear.