Craftaholics, Unite!

The biggest craftcon in town is on and here’s your exclusive invite

Creativity 5 min read Aug 12, 2020

Every year since 2009, Craft Victoria has organised the Craft Cubed Festival - the biggest event that brings together Australia’s most creative, for an entire month of exhibitions, workshops, open studios, and more. With the theme ‘Homing Craft’, this year’s celebration launches on 31 July and runs until 31 August.

If you’re as crafty as we know you are, you simply can’t miss this year’s celebration of the handmade. And we’re stoked to share that some of our favourite craft teachers are featured at the event! Make sure to say hello when you drop by their workshops.

Can’t make it to the party? Here’s where you can get your fix of all things craft in Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth.

Merino Wool Weaving by Toorallie

Meet the team behind your go-to shop for wool apparel and learn how to weave your own wall art using Toorallie’s famed merino fabric. Parents are welcome to bring along the kids (ages 10+) for a creative weekend event the entire family can get into. Materials supplied - and it’s free!

Book this class
Where: Toorallie Store at Clifton Hill
When: Sat, 04 Aug 11:00AM (2.0 hours)
Cost: FREE

Women’s Work: Unfinished Business by Opendrawer

A woman’s work, as they say, is never done. Keep up the tradition practised by past generations, back when they would get the community together around the kitchen table for a shared experience. It will be an amazing crafternoon of vintage napery and hand embroidery at Opendrawer. Beginners are more than welcome to attend.

We're very excited to be hosting a satelitte event as part of @craftvictoria's annual festival of craft - Craft Cubed! ⠀ In Women's Work: Unfinished Business participants will connect with women’s history and learn to stitch on pieces of unfinished Fanciwork from our collection of vintage embroideries. While we sew, we will discuss the notion of Women's Work and Fanciwork, the importance for previous generations of women of coming together to sew, and how 'crafternoons' are serving this purpose for the crafters of today.⠀ All skill levels are welcome, so come along and enjoy some stitching and engaging conversation! Book now via the link in the bio. .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #opendrawer #opendrawerstudent #sharethecreativity #craft #handmade #embroidery #madeinmelbourne #handmademelbourne #craftworkshop #workshop #madebyhand #shopsmall #handcrafted #shoplocal #vintagecraft #vintageembroidery #vintagehaberdashery #womenswork #fanciwork #fancywork #craftcubed2018 #melbournecraft #craftmelbourne

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Book this class
Where: Opendrawer at Camberwell
When: Sat, 11 Aug 9:30AM or 1:30PM (6.5 hours per session)
Cost: $25.00

Back Strap by Handweavers & Spinners Guild of VIC

Weaving is a lot like doodling, backstrap weaving expert Laverne Waddington writes on her blog. Born in India and now based in Bolivia, this footloose and fancy-free crafter returns to Australia to share her passion and knowledge with you more experienced makers. Curious about backstrap weaving? This workshop is perfect for you.

Book this class
Where: The Guild Rooms at Carlton
When: Sat, 11 Aug 9:30AM (6.5 hours)
Cost: $330.00

Silver Ring Making Class at Montsalvat

Creativity begets creativity, especially in the artist’s colony of Montsalvat, where you’ll find master jeweller Jeanette Dyke teaching her famous classes. New to the craft? This ring making class is designed especially for you, whether you have your own unique design in mind or want to recreate a piece you fell in love with in a fashion mag.

Book this class
Where: Jeanette Dyke Jewellery Studio at Eltham
When: Sun, 11 Aug Oct 10:00AM (4 sessions x 3 hours)
Cost: $425.00

Paperclay Exploits by Matokie Clay Studio

Ready to play with paperclay? Ceramicist Felicity Law can’t wait to see you at her home studio and show you how to work with porcelain and terracotta. The workshop will include a demo on how to build complex forms out of the medium for some larger-than-life fun. Prepare to make a mess!

Book this class
Where: Matokie Clay Studio at Preston
When: Sun, 12 Aug 11:00AM (4.0 hours)
Cost: $40.00

Colour and Clay by Clay Tech Education

You can’t call yourself a real crafter if you haven’t tried pottery at least once. Next stop: colour! There’s a range of decorating techniques for you to experiment with, as you’ll find out in this hands-on class. Come away with your own masterpiece, epic skills, and a certificate to boot, raring to learn more.

Book this class
Where: Dotspace at Northcote
When: Sat, 25 Aug 9:30AM (3.5 hours)
Cost: $120.00

Embroidery Workshop by One Pink Plum

Learn how to create intricate works of sewn art with your own embroidery sampler kit. Best way to spend a Sunday morning! Once you get the hang of it, One Pink Plum founder Anna Hechtman reckons you’ll be ready to try knitting, crochet, weaving, and even more handicrafts - just as she had learned to do since fourth grade!

Choosing colours is one of my favorite parts of a new piece, I can spend hours creating combinations and then pulling them all apart. In preparation for my Sunday morning embroidery workshop as part of @craftvictoria Craft Cubed festival I’m revisiting this sampler and mixing up the colours. I have put a poll in my insta stories so you can help me decide! Curious to see what you think. Happy Sunday xxx If you want to join me for the workshop tickets are via link in my profile . #slowcraft #craftsposure #slowstitching #craftcubed #madeinmelbourne #melbournemakers #melbourneworkshops #melbournecreative #dmccrafts #dmcembroidery #dmcthreads #embroidery #embroideryworkshop #embroideryinstaguild #embroideryart #feelingstitchyig #dscolor #nicegirlsneedleclub #psimadethis #embroideryart #stitchhappy #stitchersofinstagram

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Book this class
Where: Firestation Print Studio at Armadale
When: Sun, 26 Aug 10:00AM (3.0 hours)
Cost: $150.00 (General Admission), $135.00 (Come with a Friend)

So, how about it? You, us, over at Watson Place just off Flinders Lane? It’s a date!