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Grant Cowan’s Saturday 29th May Illustration Workshop

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 Illustration Workshop at the Sewing Room 4

Fashion Illustration with Grant Cowan is a wonderful experience. Grant, who has worked as a Fashion Illustrators for many years walks students through the fundamentals of creating a beautiful Fashion Illustration.
 Illustration Workshop at the Sewing Room 2
With his brilliant eye for detail, style and understanding of what makes a beautiful drawing Grant assists students to craft their own individual drawing style in this fashion drawing class.
Illustration Workshop at the Sewing Room 3


This class is popular due to Grant’s exceptional way of teaching in a fun and relaxed environment.

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 29th, 2010 at 3:52 am

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea for the Cancer Council

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untitled-105240946Wednesday 26th May 10am to 11.30am

May is Morning Tea time. So tea up your friends and workmates to come down to the Sewing Room @ The Fashion & Textile Gallery on Wednesday 26th May to help tip the balance in the fight against cancer. It will be just like one of our fabulous classes with all the fun, laughter and you know how much I love a good story. So come along, have a chat and bring your lastest creative project for show and tell. You’ll be making a difference, because every cup counts.

No need to book just pop in, see you then.

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 7th, 2010 at 12:52 am

Posted in Cancer Support, Events

Embroidery & Beading Tecniques

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Introductory Embroidery Stitches and Beading Techniques copyIntroductory to Embroidery & Beading Techniques
Saturday 22 May 2010 10am – 4pm

This weekend workshop offers a fun and relaxed environment where you learn the basics & explore a range of introductory embroidery stitches and beading techniques as used in haute couture fashion and antique clothing. Traditional stitching methods are applied to basic samples, then latest textile trends provide inspiration for an embellishment design exercise. Resources include garments from The Darnell Collection and contemporary fashion forecast information to demonstrate the potential of the techniques and current uses by designers.
1 x 5 hour sessions

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 6th, 2010 at 1:01 am

Felted Vinnie’s Jumper into a Gorgeous New Bag


Felted embroidered bag The Sewing Room

This is such a goovy way of  recycling an old woollen sweater, so pull out of your wardrobe one of the woollen jumpers you haven’t woren in years or visit your local op-shop and be prepared to rub and scrub.

Using felting techniques, one of the oldest forms of fabric known to man I created the fabric to make this bag. Once the sweater has dried and armed with a pair of scissors and loads of confidence I transformed this sweater into a chic new bag. I used very simple sewing skills and a touch of applique and embroidery to give my bag a personal touch. I love it and it was loads of fun.

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 5th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Millinery & Silk Flower Workshop

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Fascinator WorkshopFascinator Workshop
Saturday 5th June from 10pm to 4pm

We have a few places still available for this exciting workshop, Catherine will demonstrate how to create a base shape using the sinamay and a basic wooden block and millinery wire.
Using some vintage hats and headpieces as inspiration we will use a modern millinery product Sinamay to interpret a contemporary design. You will create a wonderful headpiece and also learn some delightful ways to master the use of sinamay as a trim. You will also learn a few techniques with feathers to add panache to your headpiece.

Learn about which hats will suit your unique face shape and uncover some of the mysteries of millinery using traditional wooden millinery blocks at this one day workshop. Students are welcome to bring along with them a special brooches or exquisite feathers that can be incorporate into their fascinator. To be held at The Sewing Room on Saturday 5th June from 10pm to 4pm.

Silk Rose Workshop
Thursday 3rd June from 10am to 2pm

My Mother had spoken of this technique as she had seen it as a child and was fasinated by the brass flower tools that formed the petals so when Catherine Kelly told me about it. I asked if she could delivery a class at The Sewing Room. You will be delighted with the beautiful silk flower you will create using traditional brass flower tools. You will learn about suitable fabric choice, methods of stiffening fabric, traditional tooling techniques and assembly of flowers. This workshop will be held at The Sewing Room on Thursday 3rd June from 10am to 2pm.

Places are limited so if you are interested in coming to these exciting fascinator or silk flower workshops please contact us via email

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 5th, 2010 at 1:22 am

Basic Sewing Classes

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100_6322Start Thursday evening 20th May from 6pm to 9pm 
8 Weeks
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of of sewing in a hands-on learning environment. Students will complete Sewing Class 1 to 5 over the eight week program. Aspects of construction such as cutting, laying, fusing, yokes, pockets, waistbands, fastenings will be explored and you will create a fabulous range of item from a sling bag to a basic skirt and shirt. Students will use domestic Bernina/Bernette sewing machines and apply professional finishes to their garments.

Or do a one off class

Sewing Class 1: The Machine & Basic Functions
1 x 3 hour session
Wednesday 28 April 2010 10am to 1pm
Friday 14 May 2010 10am to 1pm
Thursday 20th May 2010 6pm to 9pm

Sewing Class 2: Sling Bag
1 x 3 hour session
Friday 23 April 2010 10am to 1pm
Wednesday 5 May 2010 10am to 1pm
Thursday 27h May 2010 6pm to 9pm 

Sewing Class 3: Zippers, Casings & Buttonholes
1 x 3 hour session
Wednesday 28 April 2010 10am to 1pm
Wednesday 12 May 2010 10am to 1pm
Thursday 3 June 6pm to 9pm

Sewing Class 4: Sewing the basic skirt
2 x 3 hour session
Monday 7 May 2010 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 26th May 2010 10am to 1pm & Wednesday 2 June 2010
Thursday 10 June 6pm to 9pm

Sewing Class 5: Sewing the basic shirt
2 x 3 hour session
Monday 21 & 28 April 2010 2pm to 5pm
Friday 28th May & 4 June 2010 10am to 1 pm
Thursday 17 June 6pm to 9pm

For more information regarding classes you can call Penelope on 0432 688 536 or email

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 4th, 2010 at 12:55 am

Sewing Class 6: Sewing with Stretch Fabrics


Celyna and Patty Stretch Class The Sewing Room
Saturday class was so much fun, chating, laughing and getting to know each other the ladies learnt the tricky techniques Celyna has mastered over many years of producing her clothing range. Sewing with stretch and knit fabrics can be quite tricky but in this class you will learn tips and tricks for successful sewing, as well as troubleshooting when it comes to overlockers. After you have been armed with the necessary skills you will complete a basic t-shirt.


 Brook Stretch Sewing class The Sewing Room
Brook has fallen in love with our industrial overlock.

  Brook and PattyStretch Sewing class The Sewing Room
Brook and Patti model their new creations, don’t they look pretty.

Stephanie Stretch Sewing class The Sewing Room

It was a very productive morning for everyone really. Stephanie t-shirt was gorgeous.

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 2nd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Posted in Sewing Classes

The ArtyBra Exhibition 23rd April – 10th May

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Lindey Milan The Sewing Room 2

The Fashion and Textile Gallery has on displayed the ArtyBra collection from the 23rd April – 10th May. More then a hundred gorgeous, colourful, wonderful, fantastic works of ArtyBra have been created to raise money for Blue Mountains Cancer Help.

Self Supporting Artist  The Sewing Room 3

Come in and have a look at the truely amazing handy work that has gone on.
Fifteen of bras are on “silent” auctioned at the gallery.
On Saturday 29th May the bras will be auctioned at a Cocktail party at The Carrington from 5.30-7pm. Tickets $25.00 from hotel reception, bookings essential.

Self Supporting Artist  The Sewing Room 4

Written by Penelope Leonard

May 1st, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Posted in Cancer Support, Events