Upcoming Classes & Groups
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Sit and Sew
Domestic Machine Quilting
Totes & Bags
Wednesdays are a Sit & Sew opportunity. Most Wednesdays throughout the year this group meets to catch up and enjoy their sewing home away from home. The only weeks we
Wednesdays are a Sit & Sew opportunity. Most Wednesdays throughout the year this group meets to catch up and enjoy their sewing home away from home. The only weeks we don’t meet are early January, the first week of school holidays or the last weeks of December each year.
This is a great group, the regular girls have been meeting for many years, almost ten now I think! The girls sew anything and everything and sometimes don’t sew at all. It’s not a formal class with tuition. Just a lovely relaxing sit and sew! A chance to concentrate on your work for a day or to chat and meet other happy quilters. Whilst there is a core group who come regularly they are very welcoming of newcomers to the area or occasional visitors to Berry.
Maybe you are quilter on the road who woful like to stop and sew with company for a day? The girls would love to hear about your adventures and see what you’re making! Maybe you’re a Shoalhaven local who would like some occasional company? Well you are very welcome to book in and join us. If needed, we have machines to hire. Machine hire is $10 per day and hirers must provide their own quality thread.
Cost is $20 per person per session. Includes morning tea and all day tea & coffee.
You can book by phone by calling the shop ph 4464 3387 or via our website. When tickets are available an ‘add to cart’ button will appear at the bottom right of this listing. Click on that and follow the prompts to book and pay via the website. Make sure you are on the listing for the correct date that you want before clicking ‘add to cart’.
You must book in if this class sounds like it’s for you!
(Wednesday) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berry Quilt & Co.
Shops 4 & 5, 66 Albert Street, Berry NSW 2535
$20 per person per session. Includes morning tea and all day tea and coffee. Machine hire available for an additional $10.
TO BOOK ONLINE: Scroll to end of listing and click on 'ADD TO CART' Then follow the prompts to make payment. Before adding to cart please make sure you are
TO BOOK ONLINE: Scroll to end of listing and click on ‘ADD TO CART’ Then follow the prompts to make payment. Before adding to cart please make sure you are booking for the correct date. Alternatively, book by phoning the shop ph 4464 3387.
Popular teacher Jennifer Corkish teaches all her techniques in two classes a month. These take place regularly on the first Saturday of each month and the Fourth Thursday of each month. Jennifer comes along to each class with new quilts and projects she has designed: from her own take on the popular Japanese Boro technique to applique, English paper piecing, wool applique and stitch embellishment and more…!
Jennifer has been a teacher at Berry Quilt & Co. since we opened and also taught for approximately six years at Berry Patchwork prior to that. Jennifer has built up a number of regular students who have been coming to her classes and making her quilts ever since she began teaching in Berry which is quite a recommendation! Please click through to her teacher profile to read more about Jennifer’s making and teaching experience.
Whilst most people book in to Jennifer’s class on a yearly basis (and access a generous Enrolled Class member discount) it is possible to book in for one or two casual classes (where vacancies exist) to explore a new technique or to begin an ongoing project. You can see if places are available at the end of this entry, where it will allow you to add the class to your cart if there is space. If you would like to book for more than one month, click through the class calendar to the next month and add that class to your cart as well.
The class has a loose relaxed structure where regular participants work on Jennifer’s original designs at their own pace and build up skills as they progress though the projects. Usually in class all the participants are working different projects and often on more than one project at once. Occasionally, after a number of projects have been completed, class members have requested that Jennifer help them design a unique project, which Jennifer is happy to work on with the student, making it a very personalised class.
Casual or beginner participants in Jennifer’s classes often attend to learn Japanese Boro stitching. Pictured below, Boro is a traditional Japanese mending technique utilising layered scraps of material and sashiko style running stitches to hold it all together. Jennifer has devised a method of making boro fabric suitable for our modern fabrics and equipment for use in quilts, bags, table runners, clothing etc.
Teaching applique using the ‘stay in’ Hugs ‘n Kisses Applique paper is also a specialty of Jennifer’s. Beginners can start with one of the blocks from Jennifer’s well known Flower’s & Urn Quilt, pictured below is an excellent place to start and this block has been made in so many different color combinations from bright, to Japanese to traditional and reproduction. Begin in one lesson with the starter block and turn it into a wall hanging or cushion OR go on to continue to make the whole quilt. The centre medallion from the Purity quilt is another good place to start and appliqué project.
English paper piecing has featured in many of Jennifer’s quilts over the years and you could begin a project Making Jennifer’s fussy cut crosses quilt or a Jennifer’s strip hexagon quilt that gets you started with hexagons without you having to make the whole quilt top from hexagons.
Working with stitch embellishment is also a forte of Jennifer’s. From helping you begin a Japanese Sashiko stitching panel or to make your appliqué designs from wool felt, everything is a vehicle for stitch embellishment. Have a look through the images below for ideas of where Jennifer’s class could lead you.
You will find plenty of helpful advice, skills and friendship in this lively class. Jennifer is very good at getting you started on a project and helping you with fabric selection and requirements. All of Jennifer’s students produce quite different and unique results. I’m always amazed at how differently the same quilts can turn out with different fabric choices. As a teacher Jennifer is very open to working with your fabric choices and helping you get the best results from what you begin with. She has also taken people from beginning to the end of complicated projects not designed by Jennifer. For example: The Dear Jane Quilt by Jane A Stickle, the Mrs Billings Coverlet by Karen Styles or the Towns and Trailblazers Quilt by Jennifer Wulff . If any of these quilts appeal to you and you wanted assistance to select a colour palette and get started you could start and continue to work on one of those projects in Jennifer’s class as long as you have purchased your own copy of the relevant pattern or book.
Jennifer’s groups are very popular and are often booked out! Casual places, if available, may be booked by phone or via this listing: Scroll to end of the listing and click on ‘ADD TO CART’ Once it’s added to your cart make sure you are booking the correct date. Then follow the prompts to make payment.
Places are limited Bookings are necessary. All bookings are subject to our Terms and Conditions.
A great photo of Janice in class with Jennifer Corkish. This shot shows the applique block in progress, the sample Bright Block and larger quilt of Jennifer’s design by Mary behind her.
(Thursday) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berry Quilt & Co.
Shops 4 & 5, 66 Albert Street, Berry NSW 2535
$70 per person per session. Discounts available for enrolling for the full season. Bookings necessary and subject to our T&Cs
Come along & have a fun day with Lynne Wilson learning to make the fabulous oversized easy Petal Floor Pillow. A great project to get done in a day to
Come along & have a fun day with Lynne Wilson learning to make the fabulous oversized easy Petal Floor Pillow. A great project to get done in a day to up-date your décor or have ready to give away as a gift.
With a modern approach to colour and design and a flair for combining fabrics, Lynne creates patterns for eye-catching, scrappy projects. Customers constantly request more classes with Lynne because of her broad experience and relaxed teaching style that accommodates all skill levels.
Lynne has worked in the quilting industry for many years, having owned two successful quilt shops. She currently runs a wholesale business with her husband Peter, is a sought-after teacher and visits Houston Quilt Market twice a year to show her designs and sell her Patterns into the US.
Pattern Purchase required. Scroll down and click ‘Add to Cart’ to book.
Floor Pillow On Location
(Friday) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
$70 pp Bookings Necessary
Scroll DOWN TO bottom of listing to ADD TO CART book online. Make sure you have the correct class date selected before finalising your cart. Also check out Jo's Sunday
Scroll DOWN TO bottom of listing to ADD TO CART book online. Make sure you have the correct class date selected before finalising your cart. Also check out Jo’s Sunday and Monday classes as well!
Jo Dixey has developed a cult following in Berry and surrounds for her relaxed but inspiring stitching classes and her clever take on design and appliqué. In a class with Jo Dixey you will learn time tested methods for handling fabric, needles and thread to make a family heirloom, a contemporary sampler, protest text piece, a funky clothes patch or just enjoy discovering the magic of what needles and threads can create together. Jo runs a relaxed but highly inspirational classroom where everyone is enthusiastically sharing the wonders of what needle and thread can do. So it’s not surprising that Jo has built up a loyal following in Australia! Come along to a class and you will benefit from the calm, yet creative atmosphere she fosters in her classroom, her fabulous teaching skills, her impeccable knowledge of her subject & her mastery of technique.
Incredibly this will be her fifth teaching trip to Berry in four years! A fact that is not at all amazing when you get to know her! Jo is full of stories about her life as a professional embroiderer both in NZ and the UK where she trained at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace as an apprentice for four years, Jo is a very rare professional embroiderer! As well as writing a fabulous book of contemporary approaches to stitch called Creative Stitch, she is regularly commissioned for stitch work for feature films as well as the catwalk and ecclesiastical applications AND inbetween all that, teaches incredible skill building, embroidery classes to a wide range of audiences.
Jo is teaching with us for three days Saturday 29th Feb, Sunday 1st March & Monday 2nd March. Classes are $80 each. If you book for all three days you’ll receive a $10 discount on each day bringing the total to $210 for the three days or $150 for two days. You are able to book for one, two or three days whichever day suits you best. There will be five offers and you will be able to choose your own class adventure more-or-less. The class offerings are all complementary so Jo is able to teach four of them simultaneously if needed with the exception of the Design Day which is only offered on the Saturday. So you can pick the project that looks the most exciting to you and pick your best day or days and book in. You could pick one project and work on it for two or three days, the choice is yours. Anyone wanting to purely play with stitch without an end in mind, whilst being inspired and directed by Jo for one, two or three days are also very welcome.
Saturday Option One: Design your own Patchwork Block – A fun patchwork class that teaches basic design skills to create a patchwork block that could be repeated to create a quilt. The techniques taught include a transferrable process to identify and isolate the design elements and then methods to simplify the selection sufficiently to allow patchwork construction. Workshop participants are also able undertake this process with a view to stitching the resulting abstract design instead of constructing it from patchwork. Designers who want to carry on to stitch their project rather than patchwork could also consider designing around an image of a faces or group figures such as a family photograph or exploring a shape or idea like ‘The Dot”
Chosing the ‘Design Class’ option means most of the day will centre around, sketching and drawing exercises on paper. Once designs are firmed up colours and stitch or constriction methods will be focussed on. In the one day class, construction or stitching may not occur depending on how long is spent by each individual on the design process. To get the most from this selection we recommend choosing a second companion day either Sunday or Monday or both to get the most of Jo’s assistance with your project.
Saturday Option Two: Playing with Stitch Option- This class includes about 9 basic embroidery stitches completely suitable for beginners. A sampler project such as the 100Day Sampler grid structure could be begun or a more organic sampler/stitch reference piece could be worked on. More advanced students could begin a sampler or continue their project from previous years, playing more with traditional stitches to create texture and tonal change. We will also use size of stitch and different thicknesses of thread to vary results and learn more about possibilities and purpose.
Anyone who joined in last year will be familiar with the 100 day Sampler Project where embroidery stitches are stitched in a grid creating a patchwork effect. This was a very popular project because of the ability to make it as big or as small as you like and the freedom it gives to learn new stitches, using a variety of differing thread sizes and finishes. Jo will take you through a variety of stitches and variations in order to make up an exciting patchwork effect. If you’ve begun this project last year you\’re more than welcome to pop in and keep going for one or two classes this year. You are of course not restricted to a grid. Your sampler could be much more organic or freeform or of your own design.
Sunday Option One: Continue or begin your Playing with Stitch.
Sunday Option Two: Continue machine piecing or stitching your Design project from day one.
Sunday Option Three: Make an Embroidered Patch – A great class for anyone or younger stitchers or to make as gifts for young people. Using basic surface embroidery create fabric patches to be appliquéd to bags or clothes like denim jeans pockets or denim jackets. Could be a protest or just for fun. Suitable for beginners.
Monday Option One: Continue or begin Playing with Stitch.
Monday Option Two: Continue machine piecing or stitching your Design project from day one.
Monday Option Three: Embroidered Words- Learn a collection of techniques to creatively stitch a word, slogan or name. Will include satin stitch and trailing. For an intermediate stitcher or adventurous beginner and could be made challenging for an advanced stitcher.
Jo Dixey 100 Days Embroidery Sampler Detail
Jo Dixey 100 Days Embroidery Sampler
Jo Dixey Quilter & Embroiderer
Jo Dixey in her Studio
Jo Dixey Embellished Fabric Class Sample
Jo Dixey Mini Stitch Sampler
Jo Dixey The Dot Class Working & Samples
Jo Dixey Embroidered Word Stitch
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Berry Quilt & Co.
Shops 4 & 5, 66 Albert Street, Berry NSW 2535
$80 per class ($150 for two or $210 for all three of Jo’s classes) To access discounted ticket prices please phone the shop to book. ph 4464 3387
Meet the teachers
Be inspired by the very best teachers from near and far! We run a diverse program of regular and special one-off workshops, hosting experienced tutors who work in a wide range of styles, approaches and media. Their work is exciting, inspiring and designed to begin or extend your sewing or quilting practice.
Sheena has been teaching patchwork and quilting for over 20 years and has an irresistibly exuberant style. Her quilts draw inspiration from vintage quilts and textiles and she has a great eye for combining op-shop finds with contemporary fabrics in improvised designs. She’s a prolific maker coming to each class with plenty of show and tell! New makers and makers wanting to loosen up will enjoy Sheena’s approach to quilt making.
Jennifer is an exhibiting textile artist with many years of experience in the embroidery, quilting and textile art fields as a teacher, practitioner, technical editor and designer. She enjoys trying her hand at everything from antique reproduction to traditional applique as well as many art quilt and contemporary textile art techniques, making her a very versatile teacher. Jennifer’s classes are appropriate both for beginners and those up for a challenge.