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WORKSHOP | Stitching Circles with Jane Milburn | 3 Jun 2023

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Event description

Date: Saturday, 3 June 2023 

Time: 1pm - 3:30pm

Location: Melbourne Street Studio: 170 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane 4101

Cost: $100 per person, limited to 10

Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate

About the workshop: 

Use hand stitching to mend, enhance and upcycle clothes  The process of stitching by hand enables us to relax, feel resourceful and become more self-reliant by regenerating our agency in the wardrobe. Investing energy and creativity into dull, dormant or abandoned garments can transform them into treasured pieces that are authentically our own. 

In this workshop you will make a needle roll, learn the process of mending using hand-stitching and experience the simple joy of stitching in circles to renovate clothes.  This workshop is suitable for beginners wanting to learn to mend and experienced sewists interested in gaining new upcycling projects.

As part of this session, participants will be provided with materials to stitch a small needle roll to store the needle and thread they will receive and a copy of The Process of Mending booklet. Participants should bring along a garment that needs rejuvenation. If you already have hand-sewing equipment (including scissors), please bring that along too. Upcycling options will be discussed and participants can take action within the timeframe available.

Included in workshop ticket:

  • New skills and upcycling inspiration!
  • Embroidery needle and thread
  • Your own hand-stitched creation
  • Light refreshments

What to bring:

  • An item of clothing you’d like to embellish using the visible mending technique OR
  • A garment in need of repair. The best garments would be jackets, jeans, or items like a blanket or pillowcase. Can also hand-stitch on jersey knit materials (not just wovens), just need to take care with the tension.
  • Non-stretch/woven patch of fabric, if preferred (otherwise supplied) 
  • Notepad 

    About the facilitator:

    Jane Milburn believes in the power of adaptation in the natural world and her own. After agricultural science and leadership study applied to a career in rural communications and advocacy, Jane navigated a unique pathway to influence change in the way we dress. She is the founder of Textile Beat, author of Slow Clothing: finding meaning in what we wear, and applies permaculture principles in the wardrobe through a focus on natural fibres, regenerating agency and living simply. Jane recently completed her Churchill Fellowship investigating ways hands-on upcycling helps reduce textile waste and enhance wellbeing. Jane was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to fashion sustainability in 2022

    COVID-Safe Policy:

    Please be assured artisan has well considered COVID-safe protocols regarding our workshop programming. You will be offered socially distanced seating, access to your own PPE sanitation options at your workspace, and a large extremely well-ventilated workshop venue.

    Workshop Cancellation Policy:

    Please note this workshop can be cancelled by artisan due to unforeseen circumstances or if minimum numbers are not reached. In this event participants will be refunded accordingly and as soon as possible.

    Participant Cancellation Policy:

    Workshops have limited spaces and involve preparation by the facilitator. Bookings cancelled up to one week prior to the start of the workshop may be refunded, but a 20% non-refundable administration fee will be deducted. Bookings cancelled within a week of the workshop commencing will NOT be refunded. Refunds are to be processed by attendees through Humanitix. 

    Workshop Transfer Policy:

    You may transfer your booking into an alternative workshop up to one week prior to the start of the workshop. Any difference in cost will be charged accordingly. Please endeavour to complete any transfers at least one week prior to the workshop. You are also welcome to transfer your booking to another person prior to the workshop commencing. Please confirm this arrangement in writing to

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    Refund policy

    Refunds are available up to 7 days prior to the event