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Retreats and Workshops

Retreats and Workshops


Creative Sewing and Patchwork Retreats

Feel like a holiday? Why not treat yourself to a wonderful SEWING RETREAT for 3 days held regularly at THE ROCK (near Wagga), N.S.W.

It is very therapeutic if you deserve something for YOU, whilst making some new friends with the same interests.

It is a real FUN escape and very informative - you'll LOVE it!

These workshops are held at The Rock, the cost of our Machine Embroidery Retreats for 2014 is $800.00 (incl GST) for 3 days tuition and 4 nights, includes all meals, accommodation, fabric & stabilizers.
Now that is very reasonable!

See the workshop list above for the classes I teach.

Please ask for further details of what you would like to learn in these classes. Most classes are designed for beginners and advanced, varying for each student. This makes it possible for students to attend some classes twice without duplication.

 

Happy Sewing - Judy

Retreat dates for 2014 - to be held at THE ROCK - 13th, 14th & 15th September.

 
 
Machine Embroidery Retreat
Have you a computerized sewing machine but don't know the full capacity of what it is able to do? This is a specially designed workshop with you in mind!
Learn from our special guest tutor and myself, how to get the best from your investment.
 
 
Quilting with Machine Embroidery : "In The Hoop" quilting - make a quilt literally in the hoop.  ALL NEW!
 
Our "normal" Retreat is as follows and anyone may choose to do these projects, however, we also have a NEW Machine Embroidery Retreat syllabus given above.  Suitable for the beginner, the advanced and for those who've previously attended our Machine Embroidery Retreats. Call it an "Update" if you like because we'll be using new products and techniques that have now been developed with the popularity of Creative Machine Embroidery. We will certainly again cover correct hooping, choice of correct stabilizers, threads & needles, exact placement and how to use various accessories (eg. The Sewing Revolution) and software available because these are essential for perfect embroidery.
Suitable to all brands of machines and for the novice to the expert and will include:
Making a project completely in the hoop
Using Puffy Foam
Making Thread Velvet
Trapunto Quilting with Machine Embroidery Designs
Candlewicking by Machine
Cutwork Embroidery updates
Winged Needle Designs
Shisha Mirror Embroidery
Plus More!
Please contact us for further particulars of the above.
 

 

ONLINE CLASSES for 2014:
Lessons are in PDF format, password protected, downloadable for future reference.
NO, you don't need to be in front of your computer at a given time for each lesson; these are done in your own time when it best suits you.
 
PLEAT MAKER ONLINE CLASSES with Judy Hall
 
6 Lessons, issued monthly - giving students ample time for class exercises, projects, experimenting and communicating with others via our chat group.
Next Class commences 15th June, 2014, lessons emailed on 15th of the month over 6 months.
 
 
 
RUSSIAN PUNCHNEEDLE ONLINE CLASSES with Judy Hall
 
4 Lessons, issued monthly - giving students ample time for class exercises, projects, experimenting and communicating with others via our chat group.
Next Class commences 1st July, 2014, lessons emailed on 1st of the month over 4 months.
 
CURVE MASTER ONLINE CLASSES with Judy Hall & Sandra Chandler
6 lessons, issued monthly - giving students ample time for class exercises, projects, experimenting and communicating with others via our chat group.
Next Class commences 1st April, 2014: Lessons emailed on the 1st of the month over 6 months.
 
WESTALEE MYSTERY SAMPLER QUILT ONLINE CLASSES with Judy Hall
10 lessons (113 blocks), issued monthly -  giving students ample time for class exercises, projects, experimenting and communicating with others via our chat group.
Next Class commences 1st February, 2014, (anyone may join up to 1st June 2014) lessons emailed on the 1st of the month over 10 months.
 
WESTALEE CONSTELLATION QUILT ONLINE CLASSES with Judy Hall
10 lessons, issued monthly - giving students ample time for class exercises, projects, experimenting and communicating with others via our chat group.
Next Class commences 15th February, 2014, (anyone may join up to 1st June 2014) lessons emailed on the 15th of the month over 10 months.
 
 

Hands-On Workshops

PLEAT MAKER - Various Techniques for the beginner & intermediate student. Vest, Sweatshirt or Collar.

PLEAT MAKER - HEIRLOOM - Exploring beautiful Heirloom techniques made so easy using The Pleat Maker. Shark's Teeth, Curves, Frills, Insertions, Lace, Puffing & Fans. Create a romantic Bolster Cushion or Pillow Cover.

FASTURN® TURNING TOOLS - Reversible Vest, sewn and lined simultaneously - all using fabric tubes. Unique!


All the above classes are full day workshops unless otherwise stated and those below are three hour duration.

RUSSIAN PUNCHNEEDLE EMBROIDERY - Basic technique class exploring the versatility of this ancient craft. Extremely easy, fast and fun! Explores Sculpting, Shearing, Clipping and the use of specialty threads such as metallics, wool and silk ribbon. 3 Hour Duration.

NEEDLE TATTING - Learn this fascinating heirloom craft while making a medallion and butterfly. Needle Tatting is easy and you can create beautiful lace pieces, just like those made with a shuttle. Tatting with a needle is as old as tatting with a shuttle, but ever so much easier.

For further details and to arrange day, evening or weekend workshops contact us


At ALL "The Craft & Quilt Fairs", Judy Hall demonstrates new products, techniques and educational tutorials on the Nifty Notions stand.

You may request a free copy of the "Craft Friend" magazine from Expertise Events listing Show details & Workshop Timetable in each capital city. Contact them on   02 9938 9938 or via their Web site www.craftfair.com.au

 


The Machine Embroidery Retreats have proven to be a very popular addition. The girls who attended our first one in October 2003 are here showing off outside the Wagga Golf Club venue. We've received some rave reviews from these students, some of whom are returning for an advanced session. Why not join us at sometime yourself?

During 2002 you may recall me telling you in one of my Newsletters about the wonderful day I had teaching a sewing group in Ridgley, Tasmania, in a fantastic Log Cabin. Below are some photos of a few jackets now duly completed after the class. Aren't they great? Notice the Log Cabin walls of this wonderful meeting place the girls have.

The group photo is the result of a class my friend, Robyn Miller from Sewknit in Launceston, did with them using a variation I supplied Robyn with of our Pleat Maker pattern called Jacobean Cushion . The leaves are appliqued pleated fabric and the flower is pleated pleats for a 3D textured look. To Robyn and the girls, congratulations, you've done well!

Members of the "Banana Patch" gathered together after a wonderful hands-on class held in November, 2002. Banana is a few hours west of Rockhampton, Qld. and I teach them something different every time I track north to Townsville. The girls made the Tulip Block shown at the top right of the sample quilt shown here. One student made another three blocks and put them altogether for a beautiful off-centred Table Runner. The Tulip Block is from Pam Bono's Block of the Month range.

These pictures are of a recent class held in my home. Students proudly showing their samples using Quiltsmart's Drunkard's Path Printed Fusible Interfacing. The second picture is of the Class in progress.