Retreats and Workshops

Majestic Merino is pleased to announce the list of Retreat Workshops for 2018.
These workshops will provide a wide choice of different styles of creativity for your enjoyment and learning experience.  Accommodation will be arranged nearby at the Nornalup Riverside Chalets or other alternatives to suit the size of the group participating, for those from further afield. All workshops will be fully catered for live-in students, including a meal at the Nornabar, or you may attend on a daily basis and self cater. 
The following courses will be on offer with the dates either as shown or for future skills, as the tutors and topics are finalised. PLEASE NOTE BOOKING CLOSE DATES. INSUFFICIENT BOOKINGS WILL RESULT IN THE WORKSHOP BEING CANCELLED. 
  • By Arrangement - Embroidery Basics with Gail Guthrie -  learn all the basic surface stitches to create that masterpiece or embroider that quilt, be it crazy patchwork, Candlewicking or embroidered panels. For those undertaking the Foundations One Embroiderers’ Guild Course, this satisfies the stitches required for your stitch sampler—a great ready reference for the future. $50 discount applies to Embroiderers' Guild members. 1.5 to 2 day course. 
  • Day classes available or choose a weekend by mutual agreement. 
  • 4th to 6th April - By special request - EMBROIDERY BASICS with Gail Guthrie. 1.5 days of stitching fun to learn all the basic stitches of embroidery, straight stitches, looped stitches and knot stitches. An extra 1/2 day can also be booked to take these stitches on into basic design. 
  •  April 20th to 22nd: Create your own vibrant, contemporary, Mixed media art mosaics with Sudasi Jolley in this 2 day "smashing mosaics" workshop You will learn: that anyone can make mosaics and it is not difficult; about different mosaic styles; use of the tools, tile cutting and shaping by hand; how to incorporate a variety of different materials into your work; the use of different adhesives and grout; about direct and indirect mosaicing methods; simple design and colour principals. BOOKINGS CLOSE 1st APRIL
  • May 18th to 20th: Repeat Printing with Lino on Fabric with Justine Coulson  - Learn how to design a pattern that repeats seamlessly and evenly over a length of fabric. Justine will guide you through the process of drawing and perfecting a design that can be transferred to a lino block. You will then carve the block using specialised tools and print it repeatedly on a three meter piece of unbleached calico, producing a stunning piece of fabric that can be hung as a piece of wall art or later used to produce home furnishings, clothing or anything else that takes your fancy. BOOKINGS CLOSE 27th APRIL
  • 15th to 17th June : "A Much Closer Look" - Learning the Art of Botanical Watercolour Painting with Lyn Jolley . A One Day Workshop designed to demystify using Watercolour Paintsand empower you to create with confidence - BOOKINGS CLOSE 25th MAY
  • July 13th to 15th: Come along and make a flowing sleeveless top with Kaye Louwen, felting onto silk (nuno-felted) perhaps using a second-hand silk sari. This workshop is suitable for felters with some experience, and requires no stitching as seams are felted together. Participants may provide their own materials or purchase a kit with silk and wool to a chosen colour combination. Saris may be purchased on eBay or Etsy, and choices may be discussed with the tutor. Kaye is a local felter, living in Mt Barker, who has attended workshops with many world-class tutors, and has developed her own techniques for garment making. BOOKINGS CLOSE 15th JUNE.
  • October 12th to 14th: Sketch to Stitch with Gail Guthrie - Know all these stitches but not sure where to use them or how to develop your own design. Come and learn how to take your photo or sketch from a line on a piece of paper to an embroidery with character. 
  • 26th to 28th October: Rug Making with Gail Guthrie. Learn the different methods of creating rugs, pulled, latch-hooking & punch rugging and start a seat cover in one of these methods.


  •   23rd to 25th November: Stumpwork Embroidery with Gail Guthrie. Create a 3D embroidery of the Ficifolia (Red Flowering Gum).  Basic Embroidery knowledge preferred.




  • Embroidery - Advanced including Surface and 3D,  Blackwork and Canvaswork, Landscape Embroidery. 
  • Crochet
  • Felting with Wendy Bailye -Sept 2019
  • Freeform Knit & Crochet with Prudence Mapstone - May 2019
  • Have a craft you would like to learn but can't find a class, contact us and we will try to supply one. 
Minimum numbers will apply for each workshop to run. 
Please register your interest by completing the Contact Form and we will contact you with more details.
If you are a teacher / artist and would like to conduct a workshop, please contact us for future programming. We are keen to provide a wide range of experiences for our clients. 

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