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The practice of EMBROIDERY and hand stitching have a long and rich history and for a while now, have experienced a resurgence in contemporary textiles and craft. Most recently during this time of Covid, sewing projects have burst forth as the whole world slowed and people looked to engage heart and mind. You see, embroidery is a calming activity. It is easy to learn. Hand-stitching brings you into quiet focus with yourself. 

Michele Elliot, artist and stitcher, will guide you through these four weekly sessions.  Beginning with some simple embroidery techniques, Michele will lead you through stitching and making together. She will also help you to devise own embroidery projects. Alongside learning the skill, technique and approach to this craft, learn about how a practice of stitching can support positive mental health. Discover why craft helps to foster regulating our stress response, and builds a beautiful routine of creative self care and play into your everyday.

June Program [Tickets available]

Workshop 1: Thurs 9 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 2: Thurs 16 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 3: Thurs 23 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 4: Thurs 30 June, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Bookings close Mon 30th May at 9am

NDIS participants can enrol for this course HERE

We will ship all the materials you need out to you! (Calico, needles, thread etc.)

*Please note this course is open to any participant aged 16+ years old. 


Press Play is a series of creative courses designed to kickstart a playful practice, and also learn how this practice can be a vital and delightful habit of self care, for mental wellbeing.

Press Play facilitators are trained as creative prescribers, with Mental Health First Aid training and tools for self reflection in a creative workshop.

About MIchele:

Michele Elliot is a visual artist, educator and occasional writer based in the Illawarra. She works with installation, drawing and textiles, and exhibits widely across Australia. Michele has taught drawing, sculpture and textiles at a range of art schools; she is a Creative Facilitator for MAKESHIFT and runs workshops in the Illawarra and beyond. Michele is Artist in Residence at Tender Funerals, a not for profit organisation in Port Kembla and facilitates Tender’s After Care Sewing Circle. Michele is also one of the SPHERE Knowledge Translation Platform’s artists-in-residence, working with Clinical/Academic researchers on projects related to art, health and well-being.

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