This is one of my favourite days of the year. The day when I get to share with you what we will be doing this September 8-10th at our Annual Retreat by releasing our list of workshops. I'm hoping that you love them, as much as I've loved putting them together for you.
So what have we got? Well this year I've brought back some of the classes I know you loved, like darning and colourwork, while also offering a new twist on some past classes like our natural dyeing classes.
Our handwork classes include Boro and a whole day of handquilting with Anna Farago and we have Elizabeth Barnett back to do her beautiful embroidery sampler. While she is with us we have also roped Elizabeth into doing her Intro to Watercolour class for us.
New teacher Adele Moon is doing a Spinning 101 where you will learn about fibre and get started with the basics using a drop spindle. This class has been much requested and we know you will love it.
What else.... we're thrilled to be offering you basket weaving for the first time with artist Phillipa Taylor. Not just any baskets either - go have a look at the class. These are something really special. Phillipa is also taking a jewellery making workshop where you will learn a small scale weaving technique, making a pair of gorgeous earrings.
We have a bunch of ace new knitting classes, including some advanced techniques like grafting, as well as shawl knitting. The shawl we are doing involves Mosaic knitting which I know will be new to many of you, with new teacher (to us) Ambah O'Brien. And we have some of your favourite teachers back this year - Georgie Hallam and Julia Billings will be joining us.
Garment sewing has stepped up a notch this year too. We have Sewing 101 for those of you who have just begun where you will make one of my favourite basic tops, learning to do beautiful bindings and neat hems. For those of you with a little more experience we are offering the gorgeous Sydney coat by Tessuti taught by the lovely Helen Duckham, along with two classes by pattern-maker extraordinaire Nita-Jane. She will be teaching garment fitting again (in a slightly different format to last year) as well as doing a full day on mastering knit sewing.
Finally we have a new class that I am very excited about, also taught by the lovely Anna Farago, called Colour Play. So much of our craft is successful (or not) based on our colour choices. This class aims to get you thinking about and playing with colour in new ways, which can't help but improve your knitting, sewing, quilting, weaving, .... you name it.
Remember that tickets go on sale Sunday April 30th at 5pm.
I'd love to hear what classes you are most excited about in the comments.
I really hope you like them.