Fibre Arts

Exploring Fibre, Fabric & Colouring  

(Morning or Afternoon or Combined Morning and Afternoon Elective)*

From the first session we will literally be plunging into colour, stitch & fibre.  You will be given & taught the tools you need to do this yourself at home – no matter what your space restrictions.

These workshops are separated into Morning (embroidery only) & Afternoon (dyeing, printing etc) sessions.  You may choose to do just mornings or just afternoons, or both!  Please ensure you select Fibre Arts as your morning or afternoon elective line or select for both if wishing to do both parts. 

Morning sessions will be focussed on embroidery (stitching) basics & how to use them in embellishing existing clothing (salvaging) or creating something new from scratch.  I will show examples I have made myself – as well as looking at books, Pinterest etc.  You will be given a kit that includes:

  • Embroidery kit (hoop, needles, thimble, scissors and a variety of threads)
  • Hand dyed fabric in your choice of colour or natural linen
  • Instructions to take home
  • List of suppliers and websites to look at
  • Small notebook for journalling ideas

Afternoon sessions are where we will be into the messy stuff - dyeing, felting, and printing, exploring the use of a variety of fabrics, fibres & dye stuffs. Some dyes will be things you can find in your kitchen cupboard and some will come from the garden.  You will be given a kit that includes:

  • Fabric, (silk, linen, cotton)
  • Piece of 100% merino felt/prefelt
  • Fleece (19 micron washed and carded merino)
  • Embroidery kit (hoop, needles, thimble, scissors and a variety of threads)
  • Dyes, Food colouring, paints & mordants
  • Instructions to take home
  • List of suppliers & websites to look at
  • Small journal for recording the process

*Please note there will be an additional add-on materials fee of $20 for the morning stream and $30 for the afternoon stream (combined total of $50 for those doing both). Afternoon participants will also need to bring an apron to protect their clothing.

Narda Campbell has been creating ever since she was a small child and seeing someone who thought they couldn’t create anything create something of meaning for themselves gives her great joy.  In her creative past she has done enamelling, ceramics, mosaics, calligraphy, painting, drawing, knitting and crochet.  She has also run community groups for 12 years, been a jewellery designer for 33 years, taught beading at community colleges, taught colour and design at the International School of Colour & Design in Sydney).  Narda has also done spinning & felting, designed cross stitch designs for ‘Embroidery & Cross Stitch’ magazine for over 10 years and done surface design at the International School of Colour & Design.

Narda’s Christian faith influences everything she does & the way she teaches. She believes we have a creating & creative God who delights in the gifts He gives us. She also believes there is no such thing as a non-creative person – only someone who hasn’t discovered their medium. She never uses a pattern or recipe for anything – her brain doesn’t process them easily. Instead she makes up her own patterns & enjoys showing other people how to do it for themselves.

Narda discovered Free Form Embroidery 3 years ago which led to an epiphany – she could use all the things she loves in one medium - and it is very portable! Since then she has been stitching & designing constantly.

Fibre Arts is offered as a Morning and/or Afternoon Elective at FATA 2019. Please ensure you select Fibre Arts as your morning or afternoon elective stream or select for both if wishing to do both parts. Minimum and maximum registration numbers apply to all electives and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Please ensure that you have indicated a second choice for both Morning and Afternoon Electives when registering online in case your first choice is unavailable.