Events, classes, workshops….

Get involved, join in the fun & let your creativity run wild…

Learn something new, join a class, take in an event or become part of one our many needlecraft and fibre arts groups. There’s always something happening on the Southern Highlands Needlecraft & Fibre Arts Trail.

Textiles: Cyanotype Printing with Textile Artist Julie Ryder

Discover the art and science behind the amazing Cyanotype process producing exquisite blue and white images on paper from both natural materials and photographs. Cyanotype is a non-toxic 19th century photographic process doesn’t require a camera – only the sun and your imagination! 

Over the course of the weekend you will: 

  • learn about the fascinating history of this technique 
  • how to mix and coat papers with photosensitive emulsion 
  • how to make photograms using pressed flowers and plants; feathers, lacy fabrics; stencils; 3D objects; photographic negatives and much more. 
  • how to tone and distort your cyanotypes using different processes


Sturt School 
Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 May, 9.30am-4.30pm

Felt Making: Surface and Texture with Gill Brooks

Immerse yourself in a Winter week exploring colour, pattern and texture, incorporate unusual discarded and reclaimed textile/fabric ephemera to create unique and textural surfaces in felt. This course will cover a variety of techniques including the use of pre-felts, resists and insertions, and the utilisation of a variety of materials to produce a collection of sample pieces showcasing a myriad of surface design and texture ideas and possibilities. Choosing 1 or 2 directions to explore further, apply your new skills to a project/s of your choice, be that vessel, bag, scarf, neck or jewellery piece.

Sturt Winter School 
Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2022

Basketry: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques with Lisa de Sailes

Begin your five-day exploration into basketry studying traditional and contemporary techniques. Enjoy a journey of basketry techniques including weaving, coiling, twining, braiding, looping and interlacing while gaining hands-on, practical experience in preparing your own materials to use during the course. You’ll be encouraged to bring a concept for a project to work on independently under Lissa’s guidance during the week and will make a collection of small works produced from your explorations.

Sturt Winter School
Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2022

Textiles: Hitomezashi - A Stitch in Time, the Beginning of Sashimi with Mary Taguchi

Delve into the traditional, beautiful and practical Japanese technique of Hitomezashi, where worn fabric is reinforced with a simple running stitch that coincidentally becomes a charming pattern. A centuries old Japanese practice that’s ideal for today. Let Mary Taguchi guide you on an historic cultural journey introducing new projects daily: kitchenware, komebukuro (rice offering bag) and zokin style table mat.

Sturt Winter School
Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2022

Weaving: Braided Rugs from Recycled Materials with Ilka White

Up-cycle your old clothes into fantastic rag rugs, vessels or sculptures using off-loom, no-sew, spiral braiding. The luxury of 5 days will allow you to push the boundaries of this terrific technique and apply spiral braiding to whatever you care to create. You’ll work from basic to advanced techniques including 3D, rectangular, cross-hatching and multiple working edges, weaving in as you go so there is no stitching up required afterward. A range of design possibilities open up as you play with tone, texture and contrast. Bring your own material to recycle and find out what riches can come from rags.

Sturt Winter School
Monday 4th to Friday 8th July 2022

Arm Knitting with Natalie Miller

Learn to arm knit a MONSTER knit blanket measuring approx 1.5m x 2.3m. Perfect to snuggle up with on the sofa or on your bed.

You will learn how to hand felt the roving, cast on, cast off and knit stitch with your arms.Yes your arms…are the needles!
Finally you will also be taught how to needle felt the joins. And guess what? You get to choose from many colours (subject to availability) if you book at least 2 months in advance of the workshop date.

All materials are provided for this workshop, the hero being 3 rolls of the beautiful 100% NZ wool – Corriedale Silver (roving) (3kg in total!) 30 micron wool. (This wool retails at $80per kg). Please review the colour chart in the photos and confirm your colour choice (and an alternative colour incase first choice is unavailable) by email to by 3rd Feb 2022. No experience necessary.

Saturday, August 6, 2022
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Tapestry Weaving with Natalie Miller

Join Natalie Miller for a wonderful creative day learning about techniques in weaving and creating a tapestry based around her dream weaving project.
A creatively infused day where you will experience a day of tapestry weaving on a small Ashford loom. Students will learn how to warp up onto a small timber loom (350 x 250mm) then create a wonderful weaving from hand dyed wools and roving with different weaving techniques. Students will take home their own Ashford timber weaving loom, timber rod, entire roll of tapestry cotton warp and their weave in a canvas carry bag.

Sunday, August 7, 2022
10:00am to 4:00pm

Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc (Southern Highlands Embroidery Group)

Visiting tutors attend classes as well as skills shared between members of the group. Meets 2nd Saturday of the month, Feb – Dec.

Mittagong Community Centre
Queen Street, Mittagong NSW 2575
Ph 0429 933 638

Knit ‘n Natter

An informal group that knits for pleasure and with sales of items made, raises money for World Vision Australia and the Catherine Hamlin Foundation.

Convenor: Jeanette Schofield 4872 3717
Meets 4th Tuesday of the month, 10 – 12.30pm 
Mittagong Uniting Church Hall
Albert Street, Mittagong  NSW  2575

Sturt Term Weaving Classes and Workshops

Tutor: Susan Walker
Contact: Sturt Workshops
Ph 02 4860 2083