Camberwell, VIC

Embellish a Bush Project Panel with Dijanne Cevaal

What to Bring

  • (Optional) bring your basic sewing kit if you have one
  • (Optional) bring bits & pieces from your craft stash that you may want to add to your panel - there is a size limit of 70cms.

What to Wear

  • Comfortable clothing for sitting & crafting. Fabric paint can get messy...

Appropriate For

  • Adults 15 years+ who want to be involved in

Embellish a Bush Project Panel with Dijanne Cevaal

About This Event

Class Schedule

  • 1 x 4 hour session.

What You Will Learn

  • Explore different ways to embellish a fabric panel printed with a bush motif.
  • Stitch, paint, collage, appliqué - let your imagination go to town
  • Learn a new technique, or expand your existing skills.

What You Get

  • Your completed panel can become part of a traveling exhibition across Australia & New Zealand - maybe even France in 2018!
  • Or take take it home if you can't bear to part with it.


Here's your chance to take part in an exciting traveling textile exhibition with noted textile artist Dijanne Cevaal.

Whether you are a total beginner who iswilling to have a go, or an experienced textile maker, you're welcome. You don't even need to be Australian to join the fun - perhaps your international visitor would enjoy a creative encounter with the Australian Bush (in the comfort of our air conditioned studio)? Discounts apply if you bring a friend.

During the 4 hour class you will choose one of 4 different panels inspired by the flora of the Australian bush and designed by Dijanne Cevaal: Gumnuts & Gumleaves (30x30cm), Banksia Cones & Flowers (30x30cm), Unfurling Fern Frond (30x30cm), and Blackwoods Dancing (22x45cm). Each design is available on different hand-dyed fabrics, so each is unique before you begin adding your own creative spark.

You can be as wild and bushy as you like and given the Australian penchant for making it up as you go be as creative as you want:

  • add other fabrics
  • collage fabrics/panels
  • apply fabric paint
  • hand stitch
  • machine stitch
  • quilt
  • embroider
  • apply embellishments
  • add beads
  • cut or alter
  • let your imagination run riot. There are only a couple of limits on your creativity, as the panels have to be able to be pinned to a display board & to survive repeated packing in a suitcase. (Full details will be given at the workshop.)

All submitted pieces will be included in the exhibition which will travel for a period of one and a half to two years around Australia/New Zealand - and maybe even France in 2018!  The exhibition will start touring form the middle of May 2017 and pieces will need to be submitted by the beginning of May 2017. That gives you time to finish your piece at home after the workshop, if you really go to town. You don't have to submit your piece if you fall in love with it & can't bear to part with it. 

The Aussie Bush project is inspired by the success of Dijanne's Sentinelles Project and  Medieval Project, both of which toured widely and were much admired.

Materials Fee: $25 includes 1 x fabric panel of your choice, plus materials for embellishing. There is also a $20 admin fee to join the exhibition, to help cover the cost of mounting the travelling exhibition, and to post your piece back to you when the exhibition finishes.

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Feb 2017

Ideas for using thread to embellish printed fabric was the focus of the workshop. Stitches and ideas were taught and shared in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I rediscovered the relaxation of hand stitching.