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Monday 1st + Saturday 20th NOVEMBER 2021 Meetings


MONDAY 1st NOVEMBER

10AM - 1pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Workshop presenter Wilma Simmons with FABRIC COLLAGE


In this workshop, you will be encouraged to have fun cutting and tearing scraps of fabric and creating a textile art collage. See my example above. We will do a warm up paper collage exercise as well as a fabric sample collage. (Wilma will provide the paper and some fabrics). She will also provide some basic notes.

You will need to bring:
-a piece of background fabric approx. 20cm square or 20cm x 15cm (calico/cotton or polyester with a bit of body is fine)
- A SMALL quantity of printed and plain fabric scraps in coordinated colours with at least one contrast. (Please do not overthink this - hope that we will be able to create a communal stash and I will bring some too… What colours? Think landscape or seascape or garden vistas or galactic surfaces - real or imagined
-a glue stick
-A few embroidery threads - at least one dark and one light shade. (eg. black and cream)
-needle, pins, scissors (a ruler or tape measure may be useful)

Note: There is no cost for this workshop but optional, gold coin donation to Rotary Foundation “End Polio Now” campaign - vaccines for children in third world countries.



SATURDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
1 - 4pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

Christmas get together and 'Found' before this year's exhibition
Host: Rhonda Porter with Workshop Facilitator: Judi Nikoleski


Timetable:
1-1.40 pm: Prepare room, welcome and reminders, meeting and discussion including the Constitution Review and Vote lead by Merrie How.

1.40-3.30 pm: Workshop host: Tara Mann, workshop presenter: Judi Nikoleski - Found.

3.30-4 pm: Social catch-up, cuppa, ‘Show and Tell’ and Sharing tables. On arrival, place your labelled S & T item on the table. And on departure please take anything you brought that is still on the ‘Sharing’ table.

Ann Dean-Pijpers, Program Co-ordinator

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Monday 4th + Saturday 16th OCTOBER 2021 Meetings


MONDAY 4th OCTOBER

NO MEETING - PUBLIC HOLIDAY



SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER
1 - 4pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

Have Your Say followed by Final Show and Tell focusing on the theme, 'Found' before this year's exhibition.
With host Tara Mann and workshop facilitator Judi Nikoleski


Timetable:
1-1.40 pm: Prepare room, welcome and reminders, meeting and discussion including the Constitution Review and Vote lead by Merrie How.

1.40-3.30 pm: Workshop host: Tara Mann, workshop presenter: Judi Nikoleski - Found.

3.30-4 pm: Social catch-up, cuppa, ‘Show and Tell’ and Sharing tables. On arrival, place your labelled S & T item on the table. And on departure please take anything you brought that is still on the ‘Sharing’ table.

Ann Dean-Pijpers, Program Co-ordinator

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Monday 6th + Saturday 18th SEPTEMBER 2021 Meetings


MONDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
10am - 1pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

CANCELLED DUE TO THE CONTINUING LOCKDOWN. Thanks to Robyn Ihnen for volunteering as workshop presenter. No doubt we will have SILK PAPER at another time.



SATURDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER
1 - 4pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

HAVE YOUR SAY followed by:
FOUNDATION PIECING - workshop with Robyn Cohen and host Rhonda Porter.


CANCELLED DUE TO THE CONTINUING LOCKDOWN. Thanks to Robyn Cohen for volunteering as workshop presenter. No doubt we will have FOUNDATION PIECING at another time.

Ann Dean-Pijpers, Program Co-ordinator

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Monday 2nd + Saturday 21st AUGUST 2021 Meetings


MONDAY 3rd AUGUST
10am - 1pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

MACHINE EMBELLISHING - experimentation and "FOUND"
Workshop with Ann-Maree Kelly with host Merrie How


You will need:
> Safety glasses, in case of broken needles, if you do not normally wear glasses.
> “Grippy” quilter’s gloves (optional).
> An embellishing machine, often called a needle-felting machine, if you have one.
> A selection of fabrics (scraps and larger pieces). DO NOT PURCHASE ANYTHING. There will be plenty to share.
> Woollen based fabrics, wool felt, woollen blanket scraps.
> Silks, silk organza/chiffon, satins, synthetic georgette or similar, denim. Basically anything in your stash or that you can scrounge to use for experimentation.
> Fabrics with obvious embellishment, heavy prints, metallic threads are generally NOT suitable as they break needles which are expensive to replace.
> Pieces of lace or lace fabric that can be cut into motifs.
> A variety of woollen yarns and other threads.
> Wool and/or silk tops if you have them.
> Items to embellish completed work – beads, buttons, sequins etc. > Sewing kit (hand sewing needles, pins, threads etc.) > Notebook and pen/pencil > Books, magazine articles, anything to use for inspiration. Searching the internet the technique is called “needle felting” or “machine needle felting” or "dry felting".

And bring along something that you have FOUND, in the back of the wardrobe, in an Op Shop, in your stash etc. Use the materials list above for some ideas. Good choices are wool, silk, denim Think scarves, jackets, items that can be cut up and reused etc. We will work as a group to discuss how they can be re-purposed using the embellishing techniques and try some experimentation with your chosen item. For this workshop to be a success we need access to embellishing, needle-felting, machines. If you have one and are able to loan it, please contact Ann-Maree by email at Kelly.annmaree@gmail.com and she will arrange collection and return of the machine. Replacement needles are provided if there are breakages.

Timetable:
10 am-10.20 am: prepare room, social catch-up, cuppa, Show and Tell, Sharing tables. On arrival, place your labelled S & T item on the table provided.

10.20-11.00 am: Welcome, meeting, reminders and discussion including Constitution Review lead by Merrie How.

11.30 am-12.45 pm: Workshop presenter: Ann-Maree Kelly - Machine Embellishing

12.45-1 pm: Socialise, pack up, and on departure please take anything you brought that is still on the ‘Sharing’ table.


SATURDAY 21st AUGUST
1 - 4pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

THIS WORKSHOP IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE CURRENT LOCKDOWN.
WET FELTING - workshop with Tara Mann and host Ann Dean-Pijpers.


Kit Cost $10.

You will neeed:
> Soft bedding ie craft/old bath towel or pile of art fabric (this may get wet). Netting or tulle if you prefer.
> Art/old hand towel or washer.
> Bottle for soap slug, heat resistant if possible, and pour holes. A juice bottle with holed lid would work well.
> Lunch bag or soft plastic non rip if you prefer.
> Rollers ie pool noodle, wooden pin, or PVC pipe.
> An ice cream container/bucket and plastic cover for the table, apron and absorbent wipes for the spills.

Timetable:
1-1.40 pm: Prepare room, welcome and reminders, meeting and discussion including the Constitution Review lead by Merrie How.

1.40-3.30 pm: Workshop host: Ann Dean-Pijpers, workshop presenter: Tara Mann – Wet Felting.

3.30-4 pm: Social catch-up, cuppa, ‘Show and Tell’ and Sharing tables. On arrival, place your labelled S & T item on the table. And on departure please take anything you brought that is still on the ‘Sharing’ table.

I would like to send my huge appreciation to each of the generous people who have hosted and presented amazing workshops this year. It has made this task relatively simple. Please note, we only have 3 places for an opportunity to host a meeting: Mondays, September 6 and November 1 and Saturday, September 18. It has been a shared responsibility throughout the year and is progressing wonderfully with so many generous offers and skill development. Please contact me if you wish to contribute.

Ann Dean-Pijpers, Program Co-ordinator

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Monday 5th + Saturday 17th JULY 2021 Meetings


MONDAY 5th JULY
10am - 1pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

This workshop has been deferred to a later date when out tutor is out of lockdown.

SHIBORI WITH POLYESTER FABRIC
Workshop with Maija Manou with host Rhonda Porter


We will be exploring Shibori stitching and heat setting polyester for 3D effects. You may make some samples or just work with one piece. $5 fee payable on the day with extra thread and fabrics available.

What to bring:
Polyester scarf or pieces of polyester fabric.
Upholstery thread or crotchet thread. Thread should not be able to be broken by hand.
Sharp needle that accommodates your thread.
Scissors and ruler. Wash away pen/marker.


Timetable:
10 am-10.30 am: Prepare room, social catch-up, cuppa, Show and Tell – labelled item (on arrival, place your labelled item on the table provided and on departure, please take anything you brought that is still on the Give Away table.

10.30-11.3 0 am: Welcome, meeting, reminders and discussion. Please be ready to discuss pros and cons of this trial period of venue and meetings; if you need a voice, please come along to an open discussion group which welcomes opportunities to enhance each person’s participation and opinion.

11.30 am-12.30 pm: Workshop.

12.30-1 pm: Socialise and pack up.



SATURDAY 17th JULY
1 - 4pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

AGM + special SHOW n TELL of FOUND PROPOSALS and WORKS IN PROGRESS
Bring your ideas; we want to hear and see what’s been germinating for FOUND
with co-ordinator Judi Nikoleski and host Ann Dean-Pijpers.


Timetable:
1-1.15 pm: Prepare room, welcome and reminders, meeting.

1.15-3.30 pm: Special Constitution meeting then AGM followed by FOUND Show n Tell.

3.30-4 pm: Social catch-up, cuppa, ‘Show and Tell’ table – labelled item; pack up.

I would like to send my huge appreciation to each of the generous people who have hosted and presented amazing workshops this year. It has made this task relatively simple. Please note, we only have 3 places for an opportunity to host a meeting: Mondays, September 6 and November 1 and Saturday, September 18. It has been a shared responsibility throughout the year and is progressing wonderfully with so many generous offers and skill development. Please contact me if you wish to contribute.

Ann Dean-Pijpers, Program Co-ordinator

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Monday 3rd + Saturday 15th MAY 2021 Meetings


Monday 7th + Saturday 19th JUNE 2021 Meetings


MONDAY 7th JUNE
10am - 1pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

WORKING WITH CREATIVE IMAGERY - workshop with Daniela Glassop


We will be working through some fun drawing exercises to extend your ability to come up with imagery so that you have some starting points when you become stuck or when you just want to try something new. The activities have been put together to help you to immerse yourself in being creative and there will be some design suggestions that will help you to improve your compositions.

Materials to bring:

> Cartridge paper, which can be loose or in a sketch book/visual diary, but the page size must be at least A4, 210mm x 297mm. It is good practice to keep a visual diary and they can be easily bought at a good newsagent or the art supply store. You don’t need super thick, textured paper; 110gsm or 200 gsm will be fine. (GSM relates to the weight of the paper sheets).
> Eraser, sharpener, scissors
> Graphite pencils, felt tip pen (sharpie) and a few black pigment ink Fineliners
> One white gel ink pen or white Posca marker (useful but optional)
> Any other drawing materials you like to work with; coloured pencils, markers, watercolour paints (not all are necessary)
> A small empty jar and some paint brushes.
> A small assortment of coloured papers that can be used for collage; these can be scraps from wrapping paper, craft paper, magazine with colourful pages that can be cut up
> A glue stick or matte gel medium with an old brush.



SATURDAY 19th JUNE
1 - 4pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton

EMBROIDERY STITCHES FOR CRAZY PATCHWORK - workshop with Roberta Hodgson


Materials to bring:

> Embroidery needles, thread
> Scissors
> Sewing machine if possible plus extension cords, and a sense of adventure.

Roberta will bring embroidery threads, lots of fabric scraps, sample squares, iron. If you have never done crazy patchwork before, Roberta will get you started, If you want to bring a sample you have done, bring it. She will have photocopies of stitches to try. Roberta also has a basic Janome machine to give away, hardly used, if someone wants to take it home.

Judi Nikoleski, NCEATA Editor

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Monday 3rd + Saturday 15th MAY 2021 Meetings


MONDAY 3rd MAY
10am - 1pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Silk Flowers - Workshop with Wendy Scott


This will be a hands on workshop to introduce participants to basic silk paper making techniques. First silk tops will be fused to make a flower shape then dried and pressed to cure it. It will then be stabilised with scraps of organza before stitching petals and cutting out the finished flower. This method can be used to create any creative shape which can then be manipulated, embellished and added to a textile art piece.

Materials list.
If you have any of these please bring with you. If not a small kit will be provided so don't stress.
Silk tops (fibre)
Organza scraps ( 20 x 20cm)
Nylon tulle (stiff kind) about 50 x 25cm
Paper towel
Small piece of vliesofix
SATURDAY 15th MAY
1 - 4pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
Dry/Needle Felting with found objects - Workshop with Judi Nikoleski


Materials list:
Old woollen knits
Yarn scraps and skeins (wool and acrylic are best)
Wool sewing needle + scissors
Old woven woollen blanket/s

WE NEED SEVERAL MACHINE EMBELLISHERS FOR THIS WORKSHOP. JUDI ONLY HAS ONE. PLEASE CONTACT JUDI NIKOLESKI IF YOU ARE WILLING TO BRING YOURS FOR GENERAL USE DURING THIS WORKSHOP. ANY BROKEN NEEDLES WILL BE REPLACED.

Judi Nikoleski, NCEATA Editor

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Saturday 20th MARCH 2021 Meeting


NEW TEMPORARY VENUE IN BEAUMONT STREET

This is THE HIVE next to the Uniting Church (known as Wesley) at 150-152 Beaumont Street (near Denison Street in Hamilton). It has a ramp access and good kitchen facilities. There should be parking nearby.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF MEETING TIME DUE TO OTHER BOOKINGS FOR THE VENUE ON THIS DATE.

ExpLoring the potential of BLANKET STITCH
11.30 am - 2.30 pm at The Hive, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton
With Sue Russell (no charge for this workshop)

Following on from Slow Stitching we’ll have some fun exploring the potential of blanket stitch. We’ll play with manipulating the basic stitch with drawing first. Then you’ll have the choice of creating your drawings into stitch or there will a challenge if you choose to accept it . . . . with lots of time to share and chat about your discoveries. Drinks and snacks will be provided by NCEATA.

You’ll need to bring:
Several sheets of paper
Lead pencil
Some coloured pencils
2x 30cm squares of calico or plain fabric
Needles
Threads you like to use - (varying thicknesses if you want to stretch your comfort zone)
Scissors Enthusiasm

Judi Nikoleski, Editor

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Saturday 20th FEBRUARY & Monday 1st MARCH 2021 Meetings


NEW TEMPORARY VENUE IN BEAUMONT STREET

This is the hall next to the Uniting Church (known as Wesley) at 150-152 Beaumont Street (near Denison Street in Hamilton). It has a ramp access and good kitchen facilities. There should be parking nearby.

Ruth Spence will be the convenor of the next two meetings to provide continuity and to assist in the implementation of the changes. I promise not to convene any more meetings this year!!!! Contact by email if any issues ruth.spence@bigpond.com.


Date: SATURDAY 20th February 1-4pm (no parking restrictions)
NB. There is no Monday meeting in February due to proposed changes.

Venue: The Hive Hamilton, 150 Beaumont St Hamilton.
At the January review meeting we decided to trial an afternoon meeting on the 3rd Saturday of the month and reduce the time to 3 hours.

Agenda: 1-2pm-Feedback from review meeting and any further discussion. Presentation of the recommendations developed by the committee in response to changes suggested by the membership. Creation of membership skill development wish list to assist workshop organisation.

(It is proposed that any changes are for a trial period and be reviewed at July AGM.) 2-3.30pm- “SLOW STITCH” mini-workshop.

Please bring your usual basic sewing kit, needles, scissors, a few embroidery threads. DO NOT PURCHASE ANYTHING FOR THIS WORKSHOP as we will be embracing the principles of repurpose, reuse, upcycling, sharing and swapping. This is where my stash will provide the necessary materials. (Preparation could include researching this concept and don’t worry if you can’t.)

3.30-4pm- social catch up, cuppa and opportunity for “show and tell “table chats. (Today we will start the new show and tell model. On arrival place your labelled item on the table provided.)


Date: MONDAY 1st March, 10am-1pm (Monday meeting is now the 1st Monday of the month and for 3 hours)

Venue: The Hive Hamilton, 150 Beaumont St, Hamilton. Parking available in side streets, beware of restrictions. Tudor St for bus transport 100 metres away and even train transport 700metre walk along Beaumont St.

Agenda: 10-10.30am-Prepare room, social catch up, cuppa and show and tell table chats. 1030-11am- Feedback and discussion re changes. 11am-12.30pm- Workshop will continue “slow stitch” experience and incorporate next exhibition theme “FOUND”. 12.30-1pm- socialising and pack-up.

Ruth Spence, February Convenor

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SATURDAY 16th JANUARY 2021 MEETINGS


NEW TEMPORARY VENUE IN BEAUMONT STREET

This is the hall next to the Uniting Church (known as Wesley) at 150-152 Beaumont Street (near Denison Street in Hamilton). It has a ramp access and good kitchen facilities. There should be parking nearby.

Please bring your own food with tea and coffee available from the kitchen. There will be show and tell with lots to catch up on. From 10am to 1pm.

Due to the pandemic/covid 19 and the consequent disruption to our regular meetings it was suggested at the NCEATA AGM on 21st November 2020 that we could take this opportunity to reflect upon and review the NCEATA group and the structure that underpins its function.

Ruth Spence offered to facilitate the meetings in January to enable this to happen.

The following are some notes and points for your consideration and comment. We would encourage anyone who is interested to attend the meetings, both current members and lapsed members are welcome. Comments in writing are also acceptable and if you are unable to attend please email the coordinator ruth.spence@bigpond.com

> What purpose and meaning does NCEATA have for you? This community? What is our core concern and focus?
> Who is attracted to the group and what do they expect from being a member? Are we currently able to deliver and increase the numbers of members?
> Communication. How do we do this internally and externally? Library? Social Media/Facebook?
> Meetings- When, time, day? Where? What? Structure?
> Experiential program, skills development and sharing (Tutors? Workshops? Show and Tell?)
> Events- craft fair? Hunter Arts Network? Annual Exhibition? Sustainability festival?
> Committee structure? Roles and responsibilities? Membership costs and financial issues?

We are hoping we can have a lively, open, honest discussion that would lead to a consolidation of what we like about the group and the consideration of changes to enhance what we want for the future.

Judi Nikoleski, Newsletter Editor

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SATURDAY 21st November 2020


AGM PICNIC IN THE PARK

Join us for our first live meeting since Covid arrived.

NCEATA’s AGM Picnic in the Park will be held in Lambton Park on Saturday 21st November 2020 with a 10am start. We’ll have the AGM together with the opportunity to get together again. Bring a chair and a small share plate or your own food. (Share plates are approved as long as only one person serving). We’ll supply the tables and gazebo. Coffee shops are nearby.

It is essential that the following positions at least are filled at this meeting: president, secretary, treasurer, exhibition coordinator, webmaster and public officer. If you are willing to accept a position and are unable to attend please let me know as asap.

You may also deliver your FUSIONS exhibition pieces and paperwork during this meeting to be collected by Wilma Simmons.

Judi Nikoleski, Newsletter Editor

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NO MEETINGS for April, May, June, July, August, September, October 2020


NO MEETINGS BECAUSE OF THE COVID 19 LOCKDOWN

Once again there will be no meetings this month while we obey social distancing rules and protect ourselves and the community from COVID-19. However you may still find inspiration and comfort by reading our newsletters and going on to do your own creative work at home.

Judi Nikoleski, Newsletter Editor

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MONDAY 16th & SATURDAY 21st MARCH 2020 MEETINGS


THESE MEETINGS ARE POSTPHONED TO A LATER DATE BECAUSE OF THE COVID 19 LOCKDOWN.

MONDAY 16th MARCH

GOLD FUSION with Rhonda Porter


Gold fusion will be the theme for the NCEATA display at the 2020 Stitches And Craft Show. This will incorporate this year’s theme of Fusion with a touch of bling.

We will be drawing an image, collaging it and adding stitches. Be ready to experiment.

If you have a nicely shaped cup and teapot or only one of these take some photos in various positions and bring those photos along, digital images are perfect. No need to bring the actual cup or teapot unless you want to do so.

If you already own any of the following items please bring them along. I will have some amounts available for use.

All that glitters: GOLD. Gold colouring pencils, gold pens, gold acrylic paint, gold glitter, gold glitter glue, gold ricrac, gold netting, paper with gold flakes, lace with gold, golden beads, golden buttons, gold flecked fibres suitable for couching. You get the idea.

Fabrics with gold as part or all of their colouring and gold threads. Any size. The background fabric should be at least 12“ x 12“ that is 30 cm x 30 cm. It should be any colour or colours that make you happy and will form a contrast.


SATURDAY 21st MARCH

TASSELS with Doris Baxter-Gordon


PLEASE BRING:
> Cardboard of various sizes such as cereal boxes to form tassel fringe.
> Tapestry needle to suit yarn.
> Yarn: string, sisal, raffia, stranded thread, Perle thread, tapestry / kitting wool etc.
> Embellishments - beads, buttons, embroidery threads etc to be hand stitched to completed work.
> Sharp scissors.

Judi Nikoleski, Newsletter Editor

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SATURDAY 15th & MONDAY 17th FEBRUARY 2020 MEETINGS


FUSION TECHNIQUES:
> Dry Felting with Ann-Maree Kelly
> Silk Paper with Robyn Ihnen
> Heat Fusion Techniques with Maija Manou
> Stitched Collage with Margaret Adams & Wilma Simmons


Please do not buy anything for these 4 mini textile tasters exploring the 2020 exhibition theme of FUSION “the process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity”.

There will be embellishing machines available to share but if you have one, or can borrow one to bring that would be helpful. The following requirements list is a suggestion only. The concept is to bring along whatever you have and be prepared to share. There will be plenty of materials for experimentation and if this is something you wish to pursue then you can source the goods you need.

PLEASE BRING:
> Base fabrics - wool, denim, felt. Natural fibres are usually best. Avoid anything with metallic threads or embellishments e.g. embroidery.
> Wool tops - scraps from previous projects are fine. A little bit goes a long way. If you have any pre-felts bring them too.
> Selection of yarns - wool best but acrylic does sometimes work. Bring what you have and experiment.
> Fabric scraps for layering - lace, organza or other sheers etc.
> Embellishments - beads, buttons, embroidery threads etc to be hand stitched to completed work.
> Sewing kit - scissors, needles, various threads etc.
> Synthetic fabrics and yarns for heat fusion techniques.
> Silk fabric and printed paper scraps.

Also bring your mug, a small plate of food to share and a sense of adventure. Be prepared to have fun. I am the hostess for both days. Any enquiries I am happy to receive by email.

Please nominate exhibition theme ideas for 2021-22 NCEATA exhibitions before or on 15th February. At both the February Saturday and Monday meetings, I will conduct a poll to decide on two future themes. We need lots more suggestions - please think about a theme which will challenge thinking, be a stimulus for fabulous textile art, and excite and inspire our members to create. Please email theme suggestions to Wilma, email: wilmasimmons@hotmail.com before the 15th.

Judi Nikoleski, Newsletter Editor

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SATURDAY 18th & MONDAY 20th JANUARY 2020 MEETINGS


PAINTED FLOWERS with Wendy Scott

The fee for this workshop will be the usual NCEATA meeting workshop fee - $10 per person collected at the door.

A big thank you to Sue Russell who will host the Saturday meeting and Wilma Simmons who will host the Monday meeting. You will be making painted fabric flowers during this workshop with fabric flower guru NCEATA member Wendy Scott. She will provide dyes, paint etc for this workshop.

You need to bring:
> Plain cotton fabric
> Small paint brush/s
> Paper towelling

Please bring your cup, name tag and a small plate of food.

Judi Nikoleski, Newsletter Editor

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MONDAY 16th & MONDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2019 MEETINGS


SATURDAY 16th November
Deliver COSMIC DREAMING exhibition pieces + Show and Tell + Christmas Party


Members to submit their work for the Cosmic Dreaming exhibition and to show and tell their exhibition piece/s during the meeting.

Please wear something Christmasy. Could people whose surname is from A to M bring something savoury, please. And the people N to Z surnames bring sweets. Rhonda will do decorating in the theme and will bring plates, cups and cutlery. Bring a smile, a story or a joke. Just be in the mood.

Rhonda Porter, November Saturday Hostess

MONDAY 18th November
Deliver COSMIC DREAMING exhibition pieces + Show and Tell + Festive Lunch provided


Final date for dropping off your exhibition items. We will have a Cosmic Dreaming exhibition show and tell and festive lunch. Ruth will be hosting this meeting and will facilitate discussion of artists’ exhibition pieces.

Time permitting there will be an opportunity to explore the Fusion Theme for 2020 and ideas for 2021. Chat and morning tea 10-10.30am.
Show and Tell exhibition discussion 10.30- 12 noon.
Lunch and festivity to follow.

Ruth will be providing morning tea and lunch at a minimum $5 cost (you can pay more if you think it is worth more!!!). A $5 lucky dip will also be available to enjoy. The money collected will then be donated to the RSPCA.

“Thank you for supporting me in this way to raise funds for my preferred charity at this time of year. Please just bring your own cup and festive mood, and either wear a xmas decoration or bring a small decoration for the table. Would love to see all the xmas trees from last month!!!”

I look forward to celebrating this time of year with you,

Ruth Spence, November Monday Hostess






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MONDAY 19th & SATURDAY 21st OCTOBER 2019 MEETINGS


Embellished Christmas Trees with Connie Allen + Deliver CREATIVE STITCHES exhibition pieces

The fee for this workshop will be the usual NCEATA meeting workshop fee - $10 per person collected at the door. A big thankyou to Ann Dean-Pijpens who will host both October meetings.

During these meetings Judi Nikoleski or Sandra Cooke will collect creative textiles for our 3 month exhibition at Charlestown Library. Use the entry form at the end of this newsletter for our paperwork. We will have 3 x 50cm square locked glass display cases with 5 shelves in each very suitable for the secure display of dolls, jewellery, bags, sculpture or any 3D work. The work may be NFS (not for sale) or for sale with 25% commission to the library.

Workshop requirements are:
> Styrofoam cone or empty yarn cone 15 cm in height or taller (available at most craft and discount shops),
> Christmas fabric to cover cone, in print or pattern to embroider. Think snowflakes, stars, etc. (see trees on left or right). Alternatively, fabrics to collage your cone (middle cone).
> Pellon or thin wadding (non-iron).
> Beads and buttons.
> Embroidery threads in gold, silver of varying textures.
> Embroidery requirements, needles, scissors etc.
> Ruler, pen and paper.

Connie will have plenty of gold and silver embroidery threads so don’t worry if you have none. Bring some card to wind bits on. She will also have a few cones available. Phone Connie on 4948 7979 or mobile 0419487974 if you require more details.

Please bring your cup, name tag and a small plate of food.

Judi Nikoleski, Newsletter Editor

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MONDAY 16th & SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 2019 MEETINGS


SUSTAINABILITY FESTIVAL PREPARATIONS + UFOs + Networking

Please bring anything for sale at the Sustainability Festival to the meeting on Monday. We will put NCEATA labels on everything to sell or give away. Members may have half metre or more pieces of fabric which they would like to downsize . . . we will sell pieces for $2 (proceeds to NCEATA) also any more small pieces to bundle up for our $1 packets of offcuts.

If anything comes in on the Saturday meeting Wilma or Carolyn will be the collection point and I will collect from them. I will host the Monday 16th meeting and Catherine Bremmell will host the Saturday 21st meeting.

There will be time at this month’s meetings to chat with friends at length, share tips and techniques, show and tell and to work on your own piece for our COSMIC DREAMING exhibition.

REMINDERS - Rhonda is still seeking small works as per guidelines for the Stitches and Craft Show Display. Please bring these to the Monday meeting.Please bring your cup, name tag and a small plate of food as is expected

Wilma Simmons, Saturday Co-ordinator, Monday Co-ordinator

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MONDAY 17th & SATURDAY 19th AUGUST 2019 MEETINGS


SLOW STITCHING with Wilma Simmons + UFOs + Networking

Wilma will be coordinating slow stitching which could lead to more LUNAR DREAMING samples for the Stitches & Craft Show or for CRAFTFULLY or the LIVING SMART FESTIVAL.

There will be time at this meeting to chat with friends at length, share tips and techniques, show and tell and to work on your own piece for our COSMIC DREAMING exhibition.

REMINDERS - Rhonda is still seeking small works as per guidelines for the Stitches and Craft Show Display. We also need volunteers to host each of the two individual monthly meetings during the next 12 months, even one day as a hosting volunteer is an important contribution. Wilma will be hosting these two August meetings but who will host the September meetings?

Please bring your cup, name tag and a small plate of food.

Trish Thompson, Monday Co-ordinator, Monday Co-ordinator

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MONDAY 15th & SATURDAY 20th JULY 2019 MEETINGS


AGM + Living Smart Preparation + UFOs + Networking

Monday 15th July

Please note that the Monday meeting this month is 15th July - before the Saturday meeting. There will not be a formal workshop, but this meeting will be one of the preparation days for the Living Smart festival (28 September) - either working on items for sale made from upcycled tea towels and table linen and/or packing items for DIY kits ( buttons, fabrics, threads). It would be really appreciated if members who attend this Monday meeting could lend a hand. We realise this may not the most creative exercise, but a very much valued one for our commitment to recycling and upcycling. Thank you.

As usual, tea and coffee will be provided. It is also helpful if you bring your own cup and a small plate of food to share. Great, too, if you wear a name badge!

Saturday 20th July

Annual General Meeting and networking, sharing, working on your own projects and generally having a good time. AGM: Please consider volunteering for a position . . . NCEATA works really well with interesting activities only if there is a committee of willing members prepared to help. All positions will be declared vacant and you are not alone when you volunteer for a NCEATA position. There are members with lots of experience in all the jobs who are willing to support, encourage and assist. To ensure the vitality and future of the group it is necessary to have members with new ideas and new approaches to the positions - especially in NCEATA, we all appreciate that there is no one right way to do things!

I will not be renominating for the Saturday coordinator’s position - thanks to all the members who have been very cooperative and flexible in offering mini workshops at the meetings. I will coordinate this current exhibition but I would like someone to offer to co-administer the next one so I could also hand over the exhibition reins to someone else in the near future. Thanks to Lyn Adamson who has already reduced the workload of this position. Networking and Sharing: There will be time at this meeting to chat with friends at length, share tips and techniques, show and tell and work on your own projects. Reminders - Rhonda is still seeking small works as per guidelines for the Stitches and Craft Show Display and Lyn and I will be collecting your “intention to exhibit” forms at this meeting (if you haven’t already emailed them).

Wilma Simmons, Saturday Co-ordinator
Trish Thompson, Monday Co-ordinator

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SATURDAY 15th & MONDAY 17th JUNE 2019 MEETINGS


The Basics of Coptic Bookbinding with Maija Manou
+ UFOs and Networking


Here is Maija’s description. This workshop aims to focus on the technique of binding a small book. We will not be focusing on how to create covers for books. To keep it simple, we do need to have a sturdy front and back cover, so if you have an old game-board that you don’t mind cutting up, this would be perfect. I’ve even used a pizza box as a cover. I will have some game boards available to cut up.

List of materials:
Paper: paper from a sketchbook or watercolour papers. (thicker, heavier papers with rag content are better than thin, photocopying papers).
Thick board for covers or an old game board.
Waxed linen thread, 4 or 5 ply. (Don’t buy bookbinders thread, as it is too fine) OR use Pearl Cotton #3 and a block of wax. I will have some linen thread for purchase.
4 or 6 Needles: Tapestry/crewel/darning needles where the eye is large enough to take 4 or 5ply thread (the thread will be worked in pairs).
Pencil/pen and notebook.

List above is necessary, but tools can be shared and I will have some extra. Please do not purchase specifically for this workshop, as we will be able to share!. Cutting board. Metal Ruler. Awl. Knife. eg shoe knife. Box cutter or Stanley knife or Utility knife. Bone folder. Bees wax.
Fancy papers, old maps, that you might like to include.

There will also be opportunities for show and tell and if you don’t wish to participate in the book binding workshop, please bring your own project to complete. Monday group members may like to continue working on their recycled linen projects for the Sustainable Living Festival. In the afternoon, if anyone would like to stay for great tips on garment construction, Wendy Anderson may be available. If you intend to do this, please check with Wendyemail : cwda@bigpond.net.au.

Tea and coffee are provided, but please bring your own cup and you may wish to bring a small plate of food to share. Please wear your name tag to help newer members and some of us with failing memories!

Please note : I am now seeking your intention to exhibit in “Cosmic Dreaming” via the form on the Downloads webpage.

Wilma Simmons, Saturday Co-ordinator
Trish Thompson, Monday Co-ordinator

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SATURDAY 18th & MONDAY 20th MAY 2019 MEETINGS

SATURDAY 18th MAY

NEW LANDSCAPES using disperse dyes and transfer printing (Day 1 of prepaid special workshop)
With Marie-Therese Wisniowski

+ UFOs and Networking


Thanks to Judi Nikoleski who has organised a very exciting Multisperse Dye Sublimation workshop with Marie-Therese Wisniowski on 18 May. This workshop will be 9.00am - 4.30pm. and is a two day workshop with the second day on 25th May.

For those who are registered for the workshop, please refer to the notes and instructions supplied in an individual email by Judi. Please wear your name tag. For those not registered for the workshop, you will be able to work on your own projects, Stitches and Craft show project or your exhibition work, but there will be no formal meeting. Please bring your own cup and a small share plate for morning tea.

Note: The optional afternoon session with Wendy Anderson will not be able to go ahead this Saturday but will continue after the Monday meeting

Wilma Simmons, Saturday Co-ordinator


MONDAY 20th MAY

UFOs and Networking


Last month tea towels and other home linens were shared between members.This month it would be good to see any clothing or accessories which are ‘in the making’ for the Living Smart Festival in September. Bring them along for ‘show and tell’ and share your creative ideas.

If you have any off cuts from previous projects bring them along to be packaged for sale at the Festival.

You may also be working on your “Stitches and Craft” piece or your exhibition artwork, so bring those along to inspire us, and work on during the Monday meeting.

Please also bring your name badge, something to share for morning tea, and your cup.

Trish Thompson, Monday Co-ordinator

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SATURDAY 16th & MONDAY 18th MARCH 2019 MEETINGS


WRAPPED - COILED - STITCHED BASKETS with Treena McAthur
+ GARMENT MAKING TIPS & TECHNIQUES with Wendy Anderson


Did you see Treena McArthur‘s beautiful wrapped, coiled and stitched baskets in the “Black and White” exhibition? This month Treena will share her technique, and we will make a small table mat with her guidance and instructions.

You will need to bring:
> One and quarter inch (three cm) wide strips of cotton fabric. You will need many metres of strips - either cut on the bias or straight grain. The bias gives a smoother finish, and the straight grain may result in a more “fluffy” edge. Both look great!
> Sewing machine - which will sew a zig zag stitch, thread either to match or contrast your fabric and a jeans needle
> Scissors
> Pins
> Glue stick





As usual, the workshop cost is $10 per person.

If this is not your thing, there will be opportunities to work on your own project, work on a piece for the Stitches and Craft Show, chat with friends and browse our library . Please bring you own cup and wear your name tag.

In the afternoon (both Saturday and Monday) Wendy Anderson will be available for garment making tips and techniques. I learnt so much from just one afternoon last month, I will be back again on Monday afternoon to practise the fantastic tips Wendy gave us about making sure your garment sewing has that well finished professional touch. Thank you, Wendy for this generous offer of your time each month.

Apologies, I will be attending a conference on Saturday 16 March, so Sandra Cooke will be coordinating Saturday’s activities.

Please note : both these workshops will be repeated on Monday 18 February. The Monday group is also working on garments made with recycled tea towels or other table linen.

Wilma Simmons, Saturday Co-ordinator
Trish Thompson, Monday Co-ordinator

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SATURDAY 16th & MONDAY 18th FEBRUARY 2019 MEETINGS


INTRODUCTION TO KUMIHIMO BRAIDING with Rhonda Porter
+ GARMENT MAKING TIPS & TECHNIQUES with Wendy Anderson


Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for "gathered threads".

Rhonda Porter will show you how to make a simple kumihimo braid made on a foam disc with thick yarn (these will be provided as a kit for this workshop). Please bring a pair of scissors and a tape measure. The kit will cost approximately $5. As usual the cost for the workshop is $10.

At the Saturday meeting, we will also discuss further the 2019-2020 exhibition which has now been redefined by the NCEATA committee to Cosmic Dreaming . . . please see the separate information on page 2 about the Exhibition.

For those who do not wish to participate in the workshop, there will be plenty of time and opportunity to browse the library, chat with friends and work on your own projects. Please wear your name tags, bring a cup/mug for tea or coffee and perhaps a small plate of food to share for morning tea or lunch.

Saturday afternoon extra: Garment making problem solving, tips and techniques. Wendy Anderson will conduct garment making sessions after the main NCEATA meetings on Saturdays and Mondays - approximately 2pm - 4pm . This is a session where you can bring in patterns and fabric and make a garment with Wendy’s advice. This is not a basic sewing lesson and it is not a pattern drafting lesson. The idea came from Jo Green who asked if NCEATA could conduct some short workshops on giving a professional touch to your garments - the extra tips and techniques which Wendy is able to offer from her training and teaching experience at TAFE. It is hoped that these additional workshops could continue most months if there is sufficient interest. Cost is $10. Please bring your own pattern, fabric, sewing kit and sewing machine.

Please note : both these workshops will be repeated on Monday 18 February. The Monday group is also working on garments made with recycled tea towels or other table linen.

Wilma Simmons, Saturday Co-ordinator
Trish Thompson, Monday Co-ordinator

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SATURDAY 19th & MONDAY 21st JANUARY 2019 MEETINGS

SATURDAY 19th JANUARY

MAKE CUSTOM CONTINUOUS BIAS with Judi Nikoleski


This technique will give you a long roll of bias that is perfect for a particular project or on hand for possible use in later work. Judi has a large stash of unusually patterned continuous bias of various widths and sometimes uses them without even folding them under because they do not fray.

Please bring:

> FABRIC SQUARE: Choose your fabric with your chosen colours and patterns which will be better without a nap and not too thick, probably the smoother the better, but there are no rules. Your fabric piece needs to be as long as it is wide to get a perfect 45 degree on the bias.

> THREAD: The colour should blend in with the colour of your fabric.

> RULER: Choose your bias width which should include the fold width on each side. Make a ruler length strip of cardboard the exact width of your desired bias.

> PEN: Bring something to draw a line on your fabric using the cardboard strip so whatever you choose to draw with must show up as a line on your chosen fabric. You may use chalk, pencil, permanent fine marker etc.

> SCISSORS: Sharp scissors are the best for cutting the bias strip.

> A sewing machine and iron are necessary but we only need a few.

> A toilet roll or large empty reel are useful for rolling the cut bias on to. Judi stores her bias as a flat ribbon and only folds it as she uses it.

Wilma Simmons, Saturday Co-ordinator





MONDAY 17th NOVEMBER

Sustainability Festival Blouse Pattern Ideas + CUSTOM CONTINUOUS BIAS


Welcome back! This year we look forward to more exciting experiences as we learn new techniques. Continuous bias will be our main focus, as per Saturday’s meeting information above.

For members interested in making a top for the Sustainability Festival in September, we could start by sharing patterns of a simple style... ie extended sleeve, no button opening etc. If you have any, bring them along, with your ideas for adapting them and fabric to include a recycled tea towel in the mix of recycled fabrics (not needed this month). Bring along paper or interfacing fabric and a pencil to trace off any patterns you feel might work for you.

For members not wishing to do any of these activities, bring along your own projects to continue over a cup of tea. Don’t forget your cup, and name tag.

Trish Thompson, Monday Co-ordinator

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