The Workshop

August 9, 2009 at 1:21 am 5 comments


At the fair on Friday I had also met up with another ‘cyber’ friend, Doreen from Canberra. Doreen is a prolific and talented textile artist and blogger and it was wonderful to meet up at last. We had lunch together and then Doreen went off to a workshop to make this sensational little needlecase. Her stitching is just beautiful.

doreen's needlecase

A very interesting exhibit at the fair encompassed works from all the branches of the Embroiderer’s Guilds of WA in celebration of 40 years. Linda Stokes, another talented textile artist and blogger from WA had a beautiful book on display. I didn’t ask Linda’s permission to photograph it but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me showing the cover. I spent at least fifteen minutes enjoying the beautiful pages within (with gloves on of course).

linda's bookAfter whetting our appetite at the fair, Linda, Doreen and I, along with 17 other enthusiastic ladies gathered on the Tuesday for some personal tuition from the ‘master’ of textile art, Maggie Grey.

I was lucky enough to be loaned a new Janome by Wendy Gager’s Janome sewing Centres.

It was a dream to sew with after the clunking of my 25 year old Janome!!


Maggie taught her techniques with massive doses of inspiration, thoughtfulness and clarity and with her help we all created some lovely pieces. I will blog a picture when I have finished putting it together!

This piece of Maggie’s shows how it should look.

maggie's pieceHere is a photo of the two “Grey’s” : Doreen and Maggie.

Doreen and MaggieA photo of the ladies hard at work, except for Linda enjoying a cuppa there on the right!!!

workshop 1That is also Dorothy on the right, another “Holey Moley“.

And a photo of Maggie showing us one of her amazing examples as she explains a technique:

workshop 2Thankyou Maggie for a wonderful time, and thankyou Dale for your fantastic organisation.

Final instalment, at a later date, will be my great final day in Perth, spent at King’s Park, surely the best public park in Australia.


Entry filed under: Artists, Blogging, Dissolvables, Heating & melting, Holey Moley, Workshops.

Craft, Quilt and Stitch Show Kings Park

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Heather Martin  |  August 9, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Beautiful photos on this and the two previous posts Jo-anne, and how I envy you meeting all our favourite textile artists/suppliers and having such a great time. Not to mention meeting bloggy friends face-to-face. Glad you enjoyed it so much. Thanks for the zucchini loaf recipe – just what I was looking for! I haven’t made cakes for years in my attempts to not put on any more weight!!

  • 2. Heather Martin  |  August 10, 2009 at 4:20 am

    I am back again to say how much we like the zucchini loaf. I made it today and am trying not to make a pig of myself. I forgot to say yesterday, how much I like Doreen’s stitched piece and Linda’s book cover is gorgeous.

  • 3. Linda Stokes  |  August 10, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    It was lovely to meet you in WA Jo-anne. Interesting to see your pics since I didn’t have my camera there.
    I very much enjoyed the workshop and Maggies talk too – I’m sure everyone did.
    Thanks for your kind words on my book.

  • 4. Maggie Grey  |  August 10, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    It was so ggod to meet you, Jo. I still can’t stop calling you Aussie Jo but it doesn’t sound quite so silly in England. The show and the workshops were such fun and I loved every minute.

  • 5. sharonb  |  August 14, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I saw Doreen early this week and she told me about how much she enjoyed the workshop – great to see photos Thanks


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