Contemplative Cloth
Jul 27

Contemplative Cloth

by Embroiderers Guild of Western Australia
Start Date
27-Jul-2024 9:30 am
End Date
28-Jul-2024 3:30 pm
(UTC+08:00) Australia/Perth

Registrations Close
19 July 2024 11:00 PM

Cost:  Member $140.00

Non-Member $280.00

Membership attracts a 50% discount on all workshops (join here and save!)

Contemplative Cloth


Carol Cooke is an Australian Textiles artist, Author and Extreme Embroiderer.  She is visiting WA and would like to share her designs and creative methods with our Guild.

Carol explores the use of traditional embroidery stitches but throw away patterns, throw away the rules and relax as you make unique embroidered art. Compose your own works of art using imagination, inventiveness, creativity and improvise. Your results will be unexpected and amazing.

Experienced embroidery technicians and newbies to stitch often want to break free and find their own style and story.

Leaving the commercial pattern behind can be daunting. The question “How do I start?” can prevent us from moving into the new space of creativity.

Contemplation Cloth breaks down the process to improve your confidence as we play together on a piece of cloth. Learn how to colour the fabric with various options, mark making and then stitching to your hearts content. Each project is quite small but by working them on one large piece of cloth you will finish a fabric reference for other works. Any self-doubt will fade as you work through each section.

Getting lost in a creative zone will bring you a sense of calm and enjoyment. You will lose yourself in this meditative process by finishing each section with embroidery. Small projects are perfect as a therapeutic medium. Ideas, testing and playing are a part of the creative process. Come with me as we make something totally created by you.

Day One

The morning will be creating your own freehand drawings and learning how to make a simple stich sample book. You will be guided on simple techniques to draw your own small flowers ready to wire or attach to the main fabric. I will demonstrate how to apply colour and also colour your own thread during the class.

In the afternoon  you will apply these techniques to the cloth provided.  At all times I will be rotating around the room to help each individual work on design, stitches and techniques.

Day Two

We will talk about design ideas, reviewing samples completed by the tutor. You will go home with ideas on how to work with all these techniques to make a larger work of art.

Stitches are generally simple, but I am available to teach beginners or review more complex stiches as required.


Registrations open: 24th May 2024


Saturday 27th July 2024,

Sunday 28th July 2024

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm
Tutor: Carol Cooke
Skill Level: All


Curnow Knuckey Hall

Masonic Village

1a Moolanda Bvd


Class Fees:

EGWA Member - $140.00

Non-Member - $280.00

Membership attracts a 50% discount on all workshops (join here and save!)

Kit Cost: $30.00

Tutor will provide:

Base fabrics, and fabric colouring tools. A lightbox and several drawings will be available to trace for those not confident in drawing. 

Samples of the finished work and other ideas will be on show.

(Please place money in an envelope with your name and give it to the tutor directly on the first day of the workshop)

What to Bring:

Perle cotton threads, 6 stranded embroidery thread. Interesting threads that you would like to try, such as sparkly threads or even some machine sewing threads.

## Please also bring one skein white embroidery thread

Embroidery needles

Long flower head pins

Embroidery scissor

Embroidery Hoop 5 - 7inch in diameter

Frixon marker pen

Note pad and pen

A few beads for embellishment

Group Iron and Ironing Board provided at venue.

And don’t forget an open mind to new and fun ways to play with your threads and fabric.


Registrations will open on 24th May 2024 at 9:00am & close on Monday 1st July 2024 at 11:00pm.


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Event Location
Curnow Knuckey Hall
Masonic Village
1a Moolanda Bvd
Kingsley WA
Contact Details
Workshop Registrar Liz Robson

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