WORKSHOPS at Fibre Arts Retreat

A fabulous line up of workshops are available at camp this year. If you haven’t already registered for camp you must do so to participate in the workshops below. A PDF will be soon available on this website under Events and Fibre Arts Retreat. Or request from

To reserve your place at these workshops, please email Reservations will be also taken on the day at Camp if there are places left. All payments to be made on the day.

Two Coloured Brioche Knitting with Diana Maloney.

Learn how to do a style of knitting called Brioche stitch with two colours to make your knitting POP! Participants should have an intermediate knowledge of knitting techniques.

Requirements: bring along two small balls of yarn (4ply or 8ply recommended) of contrasting colours, a set of Double Pointed Needles (DPN’s) or a Circular Needle of a size that suits your yarn type.

This workshop is expected to take approximately one hour and will only cater for 6 participants,

So reserve your spot!  This workshop will take place on

Time: Friday evening from 7:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: $5.00

Origami Paper Lanterns with Julie Coysh

Students of this workshop will learn how to make miniature origami paper lanterns that can be threaded onto LED lights to make your house or next party look wonderful! They can also be hung onto string for a simple decoration.  No experience in origami is necessary. This workshop is a quickie and will only take about 20 minutes.

Paper and instructions will be provided for you in the cost of the workshop (LED lights are not included.) If you wish to bring your own paper squares or magazine pages and a pair of scissors you may do so.

This workshop caters for up to 12 participants. Reserving a spot is recommended.

Time: 9.30am – 10am Saturday morning morning.

Cost: $5

Hand paint your own Australian Cotton Yarn with Meriel Chamberlin

Join our special guest instructor from Full Circle Fibres, Meriel Chamberlin while she takes you on a colourful ride, teaching you how to dye your own skein of cotton yarn. Learn how easy it is!

Participants do not need any previous dyeing experience and only need to bring along an ability to listen + Requirements: a plastic bag to take home the skein if it is still wet.

The workshop will take approximately 2 hours in the morning, plus about 15 -30 minutes at the end of the day, to wash your skein. For the cost of the workshop, you will receive your own 130g /380-400m skein of 4ply Queensland grown cotton yarn to dye and take home – a perfect amount for a scarf, shawl or socks. This yarn retails at $35 per skein. The cost also includes use of Meriel’s dyes and her extreme knowledge in all things sustainable cotton.  For more information about Meriel and Full Circle Fibres, head to

Last year this workshop was SOLD OUT very early. The workshop will cater for only 12 people, so get in quick to reserve your spot!

Time: 10:15am – 12:15pm on Saturday.

Cost: $50

Kokedama Japanese Plant Balls

– With Victoria Calvert and Michelle Hanley

Kokedama is an ancient Japanese technique where a plant’s root system is bound with moss, hessian or coconut fibre and string (or yarn), transforming it into a mini art form.  Prepare to get your hands dirty! Embrace Imperfection, impermanence and awareness of natural beauty into your life.  This workshop should take up to an hour. You will go home with a fantastic new hanging plant.

Requirements: Students should bring along a bucket or container to safely transport their Kokedama ball home and an apron to protect clothing from dirt (but wearing some clothes that can get dirty is also recommended.) QSWFA aprons can be purchased from the Emporium stall at the retreat. All other materials will be provided in the cost of the workshop. 8 places available

Time: Workshop will be run on Saturday from 1:15pm – 2:45pm on Saturday.

Cost: is $15 and includes the cost of all materials.

 Tie Dye Your Calico Project Bag

On arrival to this years camp, your attendance gift will be a drawstring calico project bag! This activity allows you to use the bright, fun and colourful spiral dyeing technique that is tie dye, to make your bag truly your own. If you enjoy tie dyeing and want to do more, you may also bring along a white, washed, cotton t-shirt to dye or purchase another calico bag from us. Tie dyeing is easy to learn – everyone can be an artist. This activity will be available most of the day

Time: Saturday, starting from 9am.

Cost: (with one calico bag or BYO Tshirt): $5. 

Extra calico bags cost: $7 per bag to purchase and dye.


Macrame Bunting with Michelle Hanley

Make one Part 1 of heart shape bunting from “Knot Modern Kits”, using the cotton cord technique of Macrame.  Very retro!  This workshop is for beginners and the kit is included in the price of the workshop. This workshop should take approximately 1 hour.  Only 5 places available, so get in quick!

Time: Sunday morning 9am – 10am.

Cost $12 (including kit)

Felting Dreadlocks with Jonna MacFadyen and Hazel Parry

 In this workshop, students will make felted dreadlocks that they can then turn into a necklace, a small woven mat or coil a small pot made of wool.

 Requirements: Students are to bring along 50g of wool fibre from home

or fibre can be purchased from the Emporium Stall while at the Retreat.

The workshop should take about an hour, there are only 8 places

Time: Saturday afternoon 3-5pm

Cost: $5.

  Tunisian Crochet with Nicole Todd.


Learn the basic stitches of Tunisian Crochet, an interesting cross between knitting and crochet. Nicole has been using this technique for a while now, and would love to share it with you.

Requirements: Bring along a ball of yarn, either 4ply or 8ply and your own Tunisian crochet hook if you have one. Otherwise, for fifty cents we can sell you a second hand hook! There are only 5 hooks available and only 6 places in this workshop. The workshop will go for about an hour

Time: Sunday morning 10.15-11.15am

Cost:  $5.

10 -Mini Book Designs Using a Single Folded Page with Joanna Faber.

This is a first ever at QSWFA Retreat:  introducing a member from our Book and Paper Group Joanna Faber and have a look at creative artistry of paper. Take 10 sheets of paper and follow Joanna’s instructions to fold and cut to create 10 x different ‘Mini Books’ that can become catalogues, greeting cards, motivational notes etc.

Requirements: please bring along any pretty / interesting papers you have at home. There will be paper available for purchase $2 per kit if you require.

 Some glue sticks and scissors will be provided if you have these with you please bring to this workshop. There is availability for 12 people. This will be a busy workshop with many designs to cover!

Time: Saturday 10-11am

Cost: $5


Mixed Fibre Carding with Alleyne.

Do you want to mix fibre and experiment with wool, mohair, silk? Spend some time with Alleyne on Friday night and she will show you some tricks and how to flick and roll.

Requirements: please bring along your carders if you own some. There will be some carders available. Bring any fibres you may like to blend. Plus Alleyne will have some colourful fibre from the Emporium if you wish to purchase any extras small price of $2.

An apron is a handy to wear to protect clothes from being covered in fibre.

Time: Friday 8.00-8.30pm

Cost: $5

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