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.
Helen has been a making quilts, teaching and contributing to quilting magazines for countless years. Many of Helen’s original quilt designs are based on traditional pieced blocks and she admits her first love is teaching hand piecing and hand quilting. Helen’s classes are perfect for experienced quilters who want a welcoming group without being locked in to a year of classes or new makers who don’t know where to start. She has a gently generous teaching style that gives everyone confidence.
Denise is a local Art Quilter with an international reputation. Her work is inspired by the natural environment, particularly Australian flora which she interprets with strong, graphic prints and colour to create her recognisable style. Denise’s quilts draw admiration from all around the world, having won many prizes and having been exhibited many countries. You will enjoy making Denise’s various flowers and learning some of her advanced thread work techniques.
Lisa is a local prize winning textile artist and quilter known for her innovative ideas and exquisite stitching and broad knowledge of dressmaking, patchwork, quilting, needlework, knitting and ability to turn her hand at anything. She was the craft editor for Better Homes and Gardens and a founding editor of Country Craft Magazine and is also a trained secondary school Design & Technology teacher. She is the perfect teacher for our evening groups where anything goes.
Deborah Louie is an expert multi-award winning quilter and domestic machine quilting tutor accredited by the NSW Quilter’s Guild. She teaches widely at shops, groups, retreats and symposiums. Highly experienced in teaching students with a wide range of sewing machines and varying levels of quilting skill, Deb’s classes are always well organised and very detailed. Everyone learns loads from a class with Deborah Louie.
Loo was trained at the London School of Fashion and had an international career as a couturier before heading to Australia and establishing her own eponymous lingerie label. She has an incredible amount of experience and knowledge and enjoys passing as much of that as she can in class. Loo teaches pattern alteration and specialist pattern fitting with an approach suitable for beginners and more advanced students.
Sharon is a long term maker of anything & everything. She’s a quilter, sewist, trained visual arts teacher and the owner of Berry Quilt & Co. Sharon enjoys teaching basic skills and starting people on their sewing journey without fear. She wishes there were more hours in the day for sewing but is overjoyed to own such a lovely bright and welcoming shop.