International Teaching for 2017

5 02 2017

One of the reasons, I cut back on and then gave away the major Craft and Quilt shows was that I wanted to be available for opportunities to teach and maybe trade overseas.  When I was committed to 10 to 15 large shows in a year, I had no time to do anything else.  I also wanted to increase my teaching in Australia and New Zealand.  Teaching in prestige venues such as Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and Quilt Festival in Houston is a tremendous honour.  It is also incredibly good fun and you get to meet amazing people, both your fellow faculty and the fabulous students.

In 2017 I have again been invited back to teach at both venues.

I am also going to be part of an international online collaboration for the second year:  The Fiber Art Connection.  Fiber Art Connection was created by Desiree Habicht as a collegiate way to provide diverse textile art classes online.  It is a unique format and one that is very supportive for students.  As a participant you get access to ten weeks of material; five teachers spreading the material over two weeks each plus a bonus week.  All of the teachers are experienced highly regarded textile artists who share a lot of material with you.  This year there will be Desiree Habicht, Leonore Crawford, Libby Williams, Lisa Chin and me!  The material is diverse and will broaden your textile art skills.  And you can do it all from your own home, in your pyjamas if you like at your own time and pace.

The 2017 classes kick off on 1st March and you can book in now.  To find out more about this, check it out online here:

Festival of Quilts Birmingham

Returning for the fourth year in a row, I have an incredibly full schedule again this year.  Last year I taught nine classes/workshops and all bar one was full to overflowing.  Hopefully this will be the case again this year.  The show runs from Thursday 10th August until Sunday 13th August.  My schedule is:

  • Wednesday 9th – Old Man Time – an all time favourite and all day class;
  • Thursday 10th – I Dream of the Sea – this class sold out last year before it was open to the public and this year I have made it a full day class so we can pack more in;
  • Friday 11th – 9.30 to 12.30 – Stamp making – this is a new class and we will explore loads of ways to make stamps and then try them out;
  • Friday 11th – 1 hour Quick and Easy Workshop – 2.15 pm – Monoprinting and Stamping with the Gelli Plate, another very popular and tried and tested class;
  • Friday 11th – 1 hour Quick and Easy Workshop -3.30 pm – Silk hankie bowl – this is a foundation class I have been teaching for over 10 years – explore how to turn fibre into fabric and make 3D objects too;
  • Saturday 12th – 1 hour lecture – Adding paper elements to Art Quilts – come, sit down listen to me explain how and why I work with paper and see loads of examples;
  • Saturday 12th – 1.30 to 4.30 – Dye a Rainbow – another class that sells out everywhere I run it.  Learn three techniques to create dyed fabric to use in your textile projects;
  • Saturday 12th – 5.00 to 8.00 – Sticks and Stones – or Just Sticks – this is a new class that will explore some less commonly used media to make patterns, texture and movement on fabric;
  • Sunday 13th – Indigo and Shibori – another new, or at least renewed, class in which we will discuss Indigo dye and spend the day creating a range of shibori fabrics using multiple techniques.

It is going to be a full on program, but I live to teach and I go to Birmingham to work.  The classes will be open for booking soon.  This is the website for more information:

Quilt Festival Houston

In 2017, I will be returning to teach in Houston for the third time.   I am very excited to be invited back again, though I am hoping all the political turmoil will have settled down by November. The Festival opens for trading on the evening of Wednesday 1st November (preview night) and for formal trading from Thursday November 2nd until Sunday November 5th.  I am teaching some of the classes above at Houston.  I chose the most popular classes to offer, so I hope everyone can get excited about them.  Classes run at the venue from Monday 30th October through until lunch time on the Sunday. This is my schedule:

  • Monday 30th October – I Dream of the Sea, all day;
  • Tuesday 31st October – 9.00 to 12.00 – Dye a Rainbow;
  • Tuesday 31st October – 2.00 to 5.00 – Stamp Making;
  • Thursday 2nd November – Indigo and Shibori, all day;
  • Friday 3rd November – Old Man Time, all day;
  • Saturday 4th November – Saturday Sampler – Printed Fabrics, Stunning Quilts.

This is a perfect schedule as it will give me time to see the quilts, check out the trading floor and catch up with my US teacher friends.  I can’t wait.  Class bookings won’t be open for a while yet, but you can order a catalogue or keep an eye out for the online ordering on this web page:

Teaching in Australia

In between that and a few other international commitments, I have capacity to run any or all of these classes locally for your group or guild.  I will be travelling to a number of regional shows this year and can extend my stay or visit on the way to or from these events.  This keeps the travel costs down; or I could just come to you when it suits you.  If you want any details on the classes, please email me at

Of course, if you can not get to a face to face class, you can join the Fiber Art Connection (above) or one of my online classes or clubs.

Online classes


I hope to see you somewhere this year.


Mixed Media Canvas

11 01 2014

I am building a range of mixed media canvases, pages and more for the Scrapbooking and Papercraft Shows.  I am not a papercrafter and I don’t really get the ‘scrapbooking’ thing, but I do like working on canvases.  Here is one I have just completed.


I have used a very eclectic mix of objects in here, but it is still a structured and formal layout.

There are two Tim Holtz products:  A pre printed Hessian canvas from the District Market range (Clockmaker) and my all time favourite Clock faces – Timepieces from the Ideology ranges.  The photo is one I have licenced from


the quote is transfered using Transfer Artist Paper on to Kraft Tex.  I really liked the effect of this and to finish it of a bit, I have stitched around the edge with my maching.


The knives and the upholstery fabric behind them came from one of the local charity op shops.  I liked the texture on the knife handles.  I applied two coats of gesso and then painted two coats of Jacquard Textile Colour in Raw Sienna.  Once it was dry, I heated some embossing powder over the surface to ‘tarnish’ it a bit.  I don’t know the brand or colour of the embossing powder as it is very, very old and I can’t read the jar.  The knives are no longer relevant as cutlery, they are there for their horizontal lineal look.

What do you think?

2013 Show Schedule – Get out your Calendar!

21 12 2012

Unique Stitching 2013 Show Schedule

See us at the following Craft Shows

Palmerston Nth NZ Craft and Quilt Fair – February 14 to 17 – Arena Manawatu Palmerston Nth NZ

Rosehill NSW Stitches and Craft Show – March 7 to 10 – Rosehill Racecourse, Rosehill NSW

Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show – March 21 to 24 – Brisbane Exhibition Centre Southbank QLD

Australasian Quilt Convention – April 18 to 21 – Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens VIC

Perth Quilt and Craft Fair – May 22 to 26 – Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, Perth WA

Sydney Quilt and Craft Fair – June 12 to 16 – Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour NSW

Melbourne Quilt and Craft Fair – July 25 to 28 – Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank VIC

Newcastle Stitches and Craft Show – August 15 to 18 – Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow, NSW

Hamilton NZ Quilt and Craft Fair – September 5 to 8 – Claudlands Conference and Exhibition Centre, Hamilton NZ

Townsville Stitches and Craft Show – October 3 to 6 – Entertainment and Convention Centre Townsville, QLD

Brisbane Quilt and Craft Fair – October 16 to 20 – Brisbane Exhibition Centre, Southbank QLD

Adelaide Quilt and Craft Fair – November 7 to 10 – Adelaide Showground, Wayville SA

Dyeing with Compliments

21 11 2012

Through out 2012, I have been running workshops on creating a run of colour or a rainbow of colour, taking three colours and turning them into six or any larger multiple of three.  It has been fun and a lot of people have walked away with a much stronger understanding of both dyeing and colour theory.  One of the things I have always mentioned in these classes is that you can take any three colours and blend them to make more, but when ever you use colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel, you will get a brown or neutral colour.  This is never bad, just you need to know that is what is going to happen.  Today’s blog post is about that colour theory and how you can make really cool neutrals or browns simply by using the complementary colour.

So, I started with three colours: – Lemon, Turquoise and Magenta

From these, I created 12, blending the three to create secondary and tertiary colours.

From there, I matched the two colours on the opposite sides of the colour wheel and then blended them.  This resulted in six runs of some very interesting blends.  Here are some photos

Run A – Blending an Orange/Yellow with a Blue/Violet.  I did not start in the most logical of places, but have a look at a colour wheel and it will make more sense.

Run B – Orange to Blue.  This one has the straight Turquoise and the a secondary colour – orange.  I love the teal to brown this creates.

Run C – Red/Orange through to Blue Green – two tertiary colours blended.

Run D – Red to Green – again a primary and a secondary colour.  There are some reds here I could get very excited about.  It is amazing that they are made with green!

Run E – Violet Red to Yellow Green – two more tertiaries, but I like this run a lot.

Run F – Yellow to Violet – the final primary secondary run.  This is my favourite with all those glorious rust oranges.  Weird as I would not have though of yellow and orange being ‘MY’ colours.

If you want to have a play with this technique, it is part of my all day dyeing classes or you can attend the Dyeing with Complements workshops at the Quilt and Craft or Stitches and Craft Shows throughout 2013, starting with the new show in Palmerston North, New Zealand February 14 to 17 2013.

We also just got a new delivery of Colour Wheel Posters which are awesome.  If you want one, you will find them here:—poster.html


Unique Fabric Art in Perth

22 04 2012

The Perth Quilt and Craft Fair is only about four weeks away.  Running from 23 to 27 May in the Perth Convention Centre.  We will be there with the usual array of dyes, paints, fibres, felts, fabrics, magazines, books, silks and more.  This year I will have my new fabrics – hand dyed cotton Sateens and the some of the gorgeous 50%cotton, 50% silk Radiance as well as lengths of silk georgette and cotton scrim.

As part of my stand, I will have the Unique Stitching Studio.  The studio will have five textile art classes running each day of the show:  2 dyeing – one with Procion dyes and one with Indigo dye; 2 mixed media – one using Angelina and Lutradur, the other using TAP, Angelina, Lutradur and Kunin felt (shown); and one doing mono-printing with the fabulous new Gelli Plates.

You can pre book the classes on my website now at or you can book on the day.

For the fuller descriptions go to the website or you can find them here: Perth Studio Classes

If you join me, we will have a lot of fun and probably learn a heap too.

Dyeing and Mixed media classes in Brisbane 19-23 October 11

20 09 2011

I am using a new format at the shows which allows me to run classes at the stand.  I did this for the first time in Melbourne and we had a ball.  Now it is Brisbane’s turn.  The Craft Fair Friend can be down loaded from if you like.  My classes are outlined on pages 32-33 or you can go to my website at www.uniquestitching to see the details and book.  The class fee includes all your materials plus the use of class tools and materials.  You just have to show up and have fun.

However, here are some photos of what I am doing each day:

10am daily   By the Sea Lutradur, TAP and Angelina Sampler

11.30 daily  Quick and Easy Dyeing




12.30 each day  Indigo Shibori on a large Silk Wrap


1.45 daily  Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards with Lutradur and Angelina

2.45 daily – Floral Fantasy TAP and Encaustic Wax sampler

If you can’t make it to the Brisbane Show but would like to play with these techniques with a group or your guild let me know because I have extended versions that I teach.








Book now for Lesley Riley’s classes at Textile Art Festival Brisbane in June

12 05 2011

You may know that I am bringing Lesley Riley to Australia for the Textile Art Festival this year.  The dates are Saturday 11 June to Monday 13 June – the June long weekend.

Lesley is running three different three hour classes, one each day from 9.30 to 12.30.  Some of these are starting to fill fast, so if you want to attend you may need to book early.  Numbers will be strictly limited.  I will be promoting these classes more broadly over the next few days, but want to give those who follow me on Facebook and the Blog the first opportunity to get the class or classes of your choice.

On Saturday, Lesley will do her famous Fragment Fabric Collage class.  You will learn Lesley’s inimitable techniques for collages.  Add interesting fabric, some TAP and have fun.

On Sunday the class is TAP Tips and Tricks.  Discover a dozen altered and alternative ways to use TAP on a variety of surfaces beyond the typical iron on to fabric transfer.  You will leave with a stack of samples, oodles of ideas and fingers just itching to delve into new  creations.

The final class is a Lutradur Sampler.  Learn a range of techniques to use on Lutradur and create a small book sampler.  This class will also use TAP.

The easiest way to book is to go to and book online.  The three classes are on the home page so you can’t miss them.

There will be a heap of other great specials, new products and of course, classes with me, so to find out more detail visit  You can download the Preview Magazine from there.  I will give you more information closer to the event about all the other things we are doing.

I hope you will join us.

Join me at the first show for 2011 – Rosehill Craft Expo

7 03 2011

Come and visit Unique Stitching at the first Craft show of the year

Craft Expo Rosehill from March 10-13 Rosehill Gardens Racecourse Stand 112

It is with some excitement we are very busy packing for our first show for 2011. Although it is being run out of Rosehill, this show is completely different, run by different organisers and I believe will be a great show. I have, as usual a range of workshops, events and classes I will be running each day so please come and join me if you are Sydney or southern NSW based or just happen to be in town for the day.

My workshop schedule each day is:

11.00 Seminar Room 1 – Creating Texture on the painted surface

12.30 The Discovery Desk – See the amazing Magic Stamp!

1.30 Make and Take Room 3 – Making Silk Paper

I will be bringing all the usual bits and pieces. Everything including: fabric paints and dyes; silk fabrics and fibres; wool tops; wool and bamboo/rayon felts; velvets; Angelina; Lutradur; tyvek; Texture Magic; cotton scrim bundles; magazines; books and so much more. Some new things include the amazing deColourant and Magic Stamps.

I will have some great deals on magazine subscriptions, the new Cedar Canyon Design Magic book and a free Magic Stamp with every $30 you spend on colour products. I will also have a couple of discount/clearance bins. Who knows what gems you will find there.

On a more serious note. We all know of the damage done around Australia. It has been a summer of catastrophe. I have been in touch with the Presidents of all Quilt guilds in all of the effected areas to see what can be done. And you may have seen the various calls for quilt tops, blocks etc to be donated to make quilts for comfort. In Qld at least one group lost their entire library. Books are heavy and expensive to post, so I have organised a collection which I will take with me when I go to Brisbane in June. If you have any books and high quality magazines you would like to donate, bring them to the show and leave them with me and I will get them to Brisbane. You can also donate blocks and quilt tops if you like.

Finally, come past the stand and pick up a voucher and you will go in a draw for $200 worth of goodies at the end of the show. For those not currently on my electronic mailing list all you have to do is provide a valid, legible email address .

I hope to see you at Rosehill


more on the Shows

23 02 2011

With an impecible sense of timing, Gary Fitzroy has announced a new relationship for Expertise Events.  I advise you of this as it is interesting against my last post.  Well done Gary, Womens’ Weekly must have missed us!


We are pleased to announce that we have finalised a full review of our media partners for Craft & Quilt Fairs and in doing so have confirmed The Australian Women’s Weekly as our magazine partner for 2011.  Some long-term exhibitors may recall we started with The Australian Women’s Weekly in the early 1990s and we are delighted to confirm their support once again.

I took a bit of time to think about the points raised by Pat and Joy on my last post.  Very interesting to me.  I will respond soon.  I am on the lap top in Cairns at the moment, melting in the heat.  Back Thursday.

Well, I can share some exciting news

6 02 2011

The cat is out of the bag and I am pleased.  I am now ready to tell you about one of the exciting things I have been organising for this year.  I am bringing Lesley Riley out to Australia for the Textile Art Festival.  Textile Art Festival will be held in Brisbane on 11-13th June this year.  It is the Queen’s Birthday long weekend for most States, so pop it in your diary and come for a visit and help pump some regeneration into the QLD economy.

Lesley is one of the nicest people I have met and she is very, very clever and creative.  Lesley is a quilter and mixed media artist who has specialised in collage.  She has written a book on using Lutradur (which I have on the website – the Lutradur and the book) and has most recently completed a book on using her Transfer Artist Paper or TAP.  This book is due for release in a few months.

Lesley created the TAP and has been teaching how to use it for some time in the US and internationally.  On January 31st this year, TAP won the Craft and Hobby Association award as the most innovative new product.  This is according to CHA  “These coveted awards represent the industry’s most prestigious recognition for product innovation, trade show exhibition, retail innovation and press kit design. Judged by CHA staff and a celebrity panel of judges …”

Very exciting.  Lesley will run some workshops, have a ‘Artist at Work’ space near one of my stands and be available to share her depth of skill and knowledge.  She might even sign one of her books for you if ask nicely.

You can see examples of Lesley’s work on her website and you can find out more about the Textile Art Festival at