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Women's Work: Unfinished Business


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Description

In the spirit of the crafternoon, connect with women’s history and learn to stitch on pieces of unfinished 'Fanciwork' from Opendrawer’s collection of vintage embroideries.

'Women's work', along with the notion of coming together to sew with your neighbours around a kitchen table, is central to the sense of community that women of earlier generations developed for survival and sanity.

In these two sessions, participants will have the chance to complete the unfinished 'Fanciwork' of the women who came before us, learning to stitch using Opendrawer's collection of vintage napery and vintage and embroidery transfers.

The sessions will take place in our fabric room, formerly the sitting room in our 1920s residence/present-day shop, establishing a sense of place both historic and current. While we sew, the group will discuss the notion of Women's Work and Fanciwork: the importance to previous generations of women of coming together to sew, and how this act was central to the sense of community they developed, and in comparison, how 'crafternoons' are serving this purpose in our current society; and the importance of contemporary craft practice and having time for leisure.

All skill levels are welcome. Beginners will learn simple stitches, and those with experience will be encouraged to explore something more complex. Participants will stitch on the old embroideries, as well as applying old embroidery transfers onto a vintage serviette, which they will embroider and take home.

Date: Saturday 11 August

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm OR 1:30pm-4:00pm (Please note, both sessions will be the same, so please choose one when booking). 

Cost: $25 per session

Tutors: Robyn Steel-Stickland, Belinda O'Brien, Laura Repetti, Catherine Hallam

Morning or afternoon tea provided.

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What you will learn
  • Basic or advanced embroidery stitches (depending on your current level of experience)
What you will get
  • You'll take home your vintage piece, with your stitching either finished or in progress
  • You'll have the chance to meet like-minded people and have an engaging conversation

What to bring
  • All materials will be provided but feel free to bring a basic sewing kit if you have one
What to wear

Comfortable clothing for sitting and crafting

Appropriate for

People 15 and over interested in learning about embroidery and the women who did it before us


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Opendrawer

Vendor since 2015

Be enticed by the colour and texture of Opendrawer. Founded by Robyn Steel-Stickland (& co.) in 2010, we are a retail gallery for handmade artist product from all around Australia, a vintage and textile art supply wonderland, and a workshop centre for people of all skill levels. At Opendrawer, you'll learn skills, techniques and ideas that encourage you to find your own creativity.

You can enrol in workshops in felt making, sewing, embroidery, book making, crochet, dyeing, drawing, jewellery making, paper sculpture, art & design, enhancing your creativity, mixed media, and more. We're open to expressions of interest too, so let us know if there's something you want to learn. 

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

If for any reason you decide that the workshop you have done or are doing does not suit you, then that is a personal decision and no refund will be given.

If Opendrawer cancels a workshop, you will be given a full refund or can choose a replacement workshop to the same value as the workshop being cancelled. You will be notified at least 2 days before the due date of the workshop if cancellation is necessary due to insufficient enrolments.

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Terms & Conditions

A $10 admin fee applies to all changes of date/workshop bookings.

Cancellations made within two weeks of the booked workshop will forfeit 50% of the advertised fee - or you may find a replacement student.

Cancellations made within 24 hours of the workshop will forfeit the full advertised fee - or you may find a replacement student.

If for any reason you decide that the workshop you have done or are doing does not suit you, then that is a personal decision and no refund will be given.

A minimum of five people are required for a workshop to run. Opendrawer reserves the right to cancel a workshop if the minimum booking is not achieved. Full refunds will be given or a replacement workshop offered to the same value as the workshop being cancelled. You will be notified at least 2 days before the due date of the workshop if cancellation is deemed necessary. Unfortunately, due to the workshop timetable, no makeup classes are available.

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Rose

20 August 2018 • Women's Work: Unfinished Business

I attended the 'Women's Work' embroidery at Opendrawer, and loved every minute. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and friendly, and there was a lovely sense of community. Despite my complete lack of experience I felt completely at ease and was very well tutored by Laura. I enjoyed a cup of tea and a biscuit, and was able to take home a piece of fabric to continue working on. The two and a half hours flew by ... I will definitely be back again!

Nicole

17 August 2018 • Women's Work: Unfinished Business

A relaxed and informative session, that provided the perfect atmosphere to experiment and trial old and new ideas and techniques.

poppy

14 August 2018 • Women's Work: Unfinished Business

Thoroughly enjoyed the time there, very pleasant atmosphere, all the instructors were very helpful, Great afternoon.