Events

WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS IN 2016

News Flash – a few new workshops added at end of this list – please scroll down to see the info.

GREAT NEWS FOR PEOPLE IN OR NEAR SYDNEY: THIS YEAR I AM TEACHING SOME OF MY JEWELLERY AND RELATED WORKSHOPS AT THE SYDNEY JEWELLERY SCHOOL IN ROSEBERY. Over the years many people have asked if I could offer classes in Sydney regularly, so hopefully this new option will make many people happy. :)  Read on for more information about these, and other, classes.

Friday February 5, 2016

10 am – 11:30 am

I am delighted to have been invited to again be the Guest Speaker at the Friday Showcase for The Quilters’ Guild of NSW.

Venue: The Quilters’ Guild office in Pitt Street, Sydney. This event is open to guild members and non-members. Members $5 and non-members $10.

Contact the Guild through their website for more information:   http://quiltersguildnsw.com/

I will be bringing a colourful and varied selection of my contemporary quilts and other creative output over the last decade or so. You can expect to see quilts, beadwork items (beaded textiles and some jewellery – all done with needle and thread, and seed beads), as well as a few of my coiled basketry/jewellery items. My love of vibrant colour and my delight in things whimsical will be in evidence. :)

You’ll also see the sample (and initial inspiration) quilts for my up-coming two-day workshop Two-Part Harmony to be held in Epping for The Quilters’ Guild of NSW in late May this year.

Saturday February 6, 2016

Dainty Duo Necklace and Earrings

Venue:  The Sydney Jewellery School

               Studio 301, 3rd floor

               30 – 40 Harcourt Parade

               Rosebery, 2018

Phone: (02) 9667 1883

email: info@sydneyjewelleryschool.com.au

For bookings and further information, please follow this link:

http://www.sydneyjewelleryschool.com.au/our-teachers/fiona-hammond

 

Workshop description:

Create your own Dainty Duo Necklace and Earrings using simple needle and thread techniques. The Dainty Duo Necklace and Earrings are made using lovely Czech glass SuperDuo beads and Dagger beads, plus Japanese seed beads. The necklace is shaped to sit daintily around the neck, and features a vintage button toggle clasp. The earrings have sterling silver ear hooks.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, and is a wonderful introduction to using a beading needle and thread.

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The photos above show some of the kit colours for this workshop.

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • Determining the correct finished size for the necklace
  • Stitching the beads together using beading needle and Fireline beading thread
  • Attaching a vintage button and creating a loop of beads to form a closure
  • Peyote stitch variation to create the earrings using SuperDuo beads
  • Attaching earring hooks to completed earrings
  • Maintaining appropriate tension in the beadwork

 

Saturday February 13, 2016

Zigzag Diamonds Bracelet

Venue:  The Sydney Jewellery School

               Studio 301, 3rd floor

               30 – 40 Harcourt Parade

               Rosebery, 2018

Phone: (02) 9667 1883

email: info@sydneyjewelleryschool.com.au

For bookings and further information, please follow this link:

http://www.sydneyjewelleryschool.com.au/our-teachers/fiona-hammond

 

Workshop description:

This delicate Zigzag Diamonds Bracelet is made using seed beads, beading needle and nylon thread, and incorporates several beading techniques: zigzag chain (also known as chevron chain), circular peyote stitch (variation), and picot edging.

Start your Zigzag Diamonds Bracelet with the special peyote stitch clasp, which acts as a focal point of the completed bracelet. A double row of zigzag chain, and specific placement of the main two bead colours, creates the diamond pattern. Finish the bracelet with delicate picot embellishments in smaller beads.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. However, some experience with beading needle and thread, or any off-loom beading technique would be helpful.

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Several colour choices will be available for the kits.

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • Circular peyote stitch (variation to create a square shape)
  • Zigzag chain (chevron chain)
  • Adding a second row of zigzag chain to create the diamond pattern
  • Picot embellishment
  • Circular peyote stitch clasp loop
  • Maintaining appropriate tension in the beadwork

 

 Sunday February 14, 2016

Capturing Cabochons

Venue:  The Sydney Jewellery School

               Studio 301, 3rd floor

               30 – 40 Harcourt Parade

               Rosebery, 2018

Phone: (02) 9667 1883

email: info@sydneyjewelleryschool.com.au

For bookings and further information, please follow this link:

http://www.sydneyjewelleryschool.com.au/our-teachers/fiona-hammond

 

Workshop description:

Discover how to make a beaded bezel setting for cabochons, using peyote stitch and seed beads (stitched together with beading needle and beading thread). ‘Capture’ your cabochon with beads that complement it to enhance the overall finish. Create a beaded bail to make a unique pendant which can then be hung from a cord, ribbon, beaded rope, etc.

Any convex shape can be used as a cabochon, including cabochons made from semi-precious stones, polymer clay, dichroic glass, ceramic, interesting buttons (especially shank buttons), and ‘found items’ (such as old jewellery components etc.). Bring your own cabochon to the class (minimum 2cm diameter), or purchase one from the tutor on the day.

This workshop is for all skill levels. However, some experience with beading needle and thread, and seed beads, would be helpful.

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The pictures above show samples of pendants using the Capturing Cabochons techniques.

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • Peyote stitch bezel – incorporating tubular even-count peyote stitch
  • Ensuring the ‘correct fit’ of the beadwork around the cabochon to secure it
  • Picot embellishments
  • Creating a peyote stitch bail
  • Adding new thread securely as needed
  • Maintaining appropriate tension in the beadwork

 

 Sunday March 6, 2016

Bead-Embellished Brooches

Venue:  The Sydney Jewellery School

               Studio 301, 3rd floor

               30 – 40 Harcourt Parade

               Rosebery, 2018

Phone: (02) 9667 1883

email: info@sydneyjewelleryschool.com.au

For bookings and further information, please follow this link:

http://www.sydneyjewelleryschool.com.au/our-teachers/fiona-hammond

 

Workshop description:

Create your own Bead-Embellished Brooch using beading needle, nylon beading thread, Japanese seed beads and a variety of focal beads, all stitched onto fabric (silk or cotton). Several bead embellishment stitches, plus general construction techniques for the brooches, are covered in the class. Brooch templates are provided, but you can create your own brooch shape if you prefer. The techniques included in the Bead-Embellished Brooches class can be used very successfully to create other forms of jewellery (neckpieces, pendants, earrings, cuffs, etc.) or even on wall hangings, bags and other fabric creations. This class allows for plenty of personal creativity!

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

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The above pictures show just some of the possibilities when creating a bead-embellished brooch. Over the 10 years that I have been teaching this workshop I have seen some amazing results from participants, who come up with their own designs and styles. This workshop is a perfect springboard into the wonderful world of beading onto textiles. :)

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • Beaded backstitch
  • Bead couching
  • Bead stacks
  • Regular fringing
  • Branched fringing
  • Picot edging
  • Maintaining appropriate tension in the beadwork
  • General construction techniques for the brooches

 

 Saturday April 2, 2016

I am having a stall at The 32nd Annual Wool Festival in Robertson – southern highlands of NSW.

The Festival runs from 10am – 2:30pm, and offers many attractions, including top quality sheep fleeces for sale, as well as an array of stallholders selling woollen products, spinning and weaving supplies and other yarn-related goods. there will also be a fashion parade and speed knitting competition.

Venue: Robertson School of Arts building, Illawarra Hwy, Robertson. It’s on the right-hand side when coming from Moss Vale, and is opposite the park.

Entry is free. For more information, phone  0427 600 528

 

My selection of goods for sale will include:

  • kumihimo braiding supplies (this is a traditional Japanese braiding technique)
  • cords suitable for use in kumihimo braiding
  • kumihimo kits
  • 100% wool felt shapes (flowers, leaves) and beads – great for adorning all your textile creations
  • beautiful ribbons and cords – great for many kinds of creative pursuits
  • interesting buttons
  • if space permits, I will have a few other interesting items for use in crafts of various kinds, plus a few hand-made items/gifts

 

 Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2016

Jewellery with the Silken Touch

Venue: Korowal School, Hazelbrook in the Blue Mountains – west of Sydney NSW

This workshop is part of the CONTEXTART FORUM

For more information and enrolments visit their website: contextart.com.au   or email   contextartworkshops@gmail.com

 

Workshop description:

Create your own exquisite jewellery using silk ‘paper’, stitch, stamping and embellishments.

You will make your own silk ‘paper’ on the first day, using luscious and colourful tussah silk fibres and textile medium. Several variations will be tried, including silk ‘paper’ with wire inserts.

Silk ‘paper’ is strong yet lightweight, making it ideal for jewellery. It doesn’t fray when cut, and it can be stitched by hand or machine. Patterns can also be added using rubber stamps and acrylic paints. Thicker silk ‘paper’ can also be embellished with beadwork.

Dimensional items can easily be achieved simply by stitching shapes together to construct the desired 3D pieces.

Several off-loom beading techniques (using seed beads, needle and thread) will be covered in the workshop, along with some basic jewellery construction techniques. The tutor will assist any participants who would like some guidance with designing their own jewellery creations.

These techniques lend themselves to many kinds of jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, earrings, brooches, etc.  Depending on the complexity of the pieces each participant chooses to make, one or more items should be completed during the workshop.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels.

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The above pictures show just some of the kinds of jewellery that can be made with silk ‘paper’. There is really no limit to what can be achieved – just come along and have a go! It will be a lot of fun. :)

 

Techniques covered in the workshop

  • Making your own silk ‘paper’ from coloured silk fibres
  • Adding craft wire to silk ‘paper’ (to facilitate jewellery construction or design elements later)
  • Stitching silk ‘paper’ by hand or machine
  • Stamping patterns onto the silk ‘paper’ using rubber stamps and acrylic paints
  • Seed bead techniques: – bead stacks- fringing and branched fringing- regular beaded edging (brick stitch variation)
  • Basic jewellery construction techniques:- turning loops in head pins- creating wrapped wire loops- attaching clasps and other jewellery findings- simple stringing with tigertail and crimps

 

Tuesday – Wednesday, April 11 – 13, 2016

I will be one of the traders in the trader room at the CONTEXTART FORUM.

Venue:  Korowal School, Hazelbrook in the Blue Mountains – west of Sydney NSW

For more information visit their website: contextart.com.au

 

I will have an eclectic selection of items at my trader stall this year:

  • Lots of beads and beading supplies (of course!)
  • kumihimo braiding supplies
  • interesting ribbons, cords, braids
  • unusual buttons
  • silk ‘paper’ (some of my own home-made silk ‘paper’ plus some sheets of silk ‘paper’ made in India – they are quite different)
  • small quirky tins – great for storing treasures, housing small gifts, etc.
  • kits – beading, kumihimo, and more
  • 100% wool felt shapes (flowers and leaves) and felt beads
  • no doubt some other goodies that I haven’t yet thought of….

Anyone can come along to the traders’ room at CONTEXTART – it’s not just for participants at the forum. So do come along and see what goodies are on offer this year. :)

 

 Wednesday May 18 – Monday May 30, 2016

ATASDA’s biennial exhibition at the Palm House Gallery in the Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Hours are 10 am to 4 pm daily (closing 2 pm Monday May 30)

This year’s theme is Facade.  Find out more here:    http://www.atasda.org.au/facade

I will have one or two artworks on display at this exhibition, plus a few items for sale in the sales section within the exhibition. This biennial exhibition is always highly anticipated, with many visitors coming back to each successive ATASDA Palm House exhibition. We even have overseas ‘regulars’!

 

Saturday and Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2016

Canberra

Weekend workshop for ACTTAA (ACt Textile Art Association). Topic TBC.

 

 Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29, 2016

Two-Part Harmony – wall-hanging quilt workshop

Venue: Dence Park, Epping. This workshop is organised by The Quilters’ Guild of NSW, but non-members may be able to attend – check their website for details and contact info here:

http://quiltersguildnsw.com/

 

Workshop description:

Create a wall-hanging quilt based on the design and/or techniques used in Fiona Hammond’s original quilt ‘Six-Part Harmony’. You will either select two of the adjoining panels from Fiona’s quilt to make, or design your own two panels which relate well to each other. Make each panel separately – as a mini quilt. Then machine quilt the background quilt with the pattern that will meet up with the pattern in the mini quilts, prior to stitching the mini quilts to the background quilt.

This workshop provides the option of designing a pair of mini quilts with simple yet effective organic shapes which relate to each other and the background quilt to enhance the overall design. The tutor will help any participants who wish to design their own mini quilts yet require a little design input.

This workshop is for all skill levels. Some experience with free-motion machine quilting would be helpful, but is not essential. In fact, working on the mini quilts is a great way to start to feel comfortable doing free-motion machine quilting!

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The picture above  left shows Fiona’s original ‘Six-Part Harmony’ wall quilt. The photo above right shows an example of a Two-Part Harmony wall quilt. Workshop participants can either choose to create their Two-Part Harmony quilt using two of Fiona’s adjoining mini quilts, or design their own (or even use one or two of Fiona’s mini quilts as a starting point for their own design).

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • Designing suitable mini quilts – which relate to each other – using lovely organic shapes (optional – participants may also choose to use two of the adjoining panels from Fiona’s original quilt, as is or as a starting point for their own designs)
  • Selecting appropriate fabrics for the mini quilts
  • Raw-edge appliqué of shapes to mini quilts
  • Selecting or designing suitable free-motion machine quilting patterns for the mini quilts and background quilt, including areas of quilting that appear to flow from the mini quilts to the background quilt
  • Attaching the mini quilts to the background quilt
  • Binding with mitred corners

 

Monday June 13, 2016

Southern Highlands NSW

Luscious Layers Fabric Manipulation

Workshop description:
Discover how to create a dimensional textile artwork that features some simple yet effective fabric manipulation. The finished piece can be placed in a picture frame to complete the look.
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The photos above are examples of Luscious Layers artworks complete with beadwork. They are samples for the two-day version of the Luscious Layers workshop. However, they do show the style of fabric manipulation that will be taught in the one-day workshop for the Southern Highlands Textile Fibre Network on Monday June 13.
Techniques covered in the workshop:
  • Choosing suitable fabric combinations to create the Luscious Layers look
  • Manipulating and stitching the fabrics to create a dimensional artwork (by machine or hand)
  • Finishing the artwork prior to placing it in a frame

 

June 22 – 26, 2016

Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair at Glebe Island Exhibition Centre

ATASDA stand within this fair – I will again be offering one or more free demonstrations at the ATASDA stand this year, though specific dates for my demonstrations are yet to be set. But do come along to the fair and be sure to check out our ATASDA stand. We will have an amazing display this year, with the theme of Branching Out. Imagine a scene with creatures, critters, botanical specimens and who knows what else, displayed artfully within our stand, perhaps on a tree or large branch. And then there will be glorious lengths of interesting fabric/textiles displayed on the back wall – enough to make your creative mouth start watering right away!

Visit the Expertise Events website to find out more about the Craft and Quilt Fair:     http://www.craftfair.com.au/wp/Sydney/#sthash.PKWHYWiY.dpbs

Visit the ATASDA website to find out more about our stand at the Craft and Quilt Fair, especially our list and timetable of free demonstrations at our stand:   http://www.atasda.org.au/index.htm            (NB: details of these demonstrations may not be available on the ATASDA website straight away (as at January 2016 they are not quite ready to go on the website…but please check back regularly to see these details).

 

Sunday July 3, 2016

Kumihimo braiding demonstration – 11 am for approximately 1 hour

Venue:  Gallery on Track, Blackshaw Rd, Goulburn (southern tablelands of NSW)

This gallery, run by the Goulburn District Arts and Crafts group, is having a special Demonstration Day between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm, showcasing the creative talents of a number of its members. The demonstrations will include things like felting (with Carol Divall) and painting (with Stavros Papantoniou), leathercraft (with Beryl Skinner), mosaics (with Margaret Kearns, and more.

My kumihimo demonstration is also potentially a hands-on activity. If you have a kumihimo foam disk  at home, bring it along and try out the things I will be demonstrating. I will also have some kumihimo disks for sale on the day, in case you feel like giving it a go – it’s really easy and fun! I will provide suitable yarn for anyone wanting to have a go at this amazingly simple yet effective traditional Japanese technique.

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The pictures above show items of jewellery made using the kumihimo disk, plus a disk set up to make braid.
Find out more about Gallery on Track here:     http://www.galleryontrack.org/

Thursday and Friday July 28 & 29, 2016

South coast NSW – workshop for the Mollymook Embroiderers group

workshop TBC – but possibly Colourful Coiling + Buttons and Beads

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Saturday and Sunday September 24 & 25, 2016

Cherrybrook, Sydney (for Cherrybrook Quilters)

workshop title TBC

 

Monday October 31 to Sunday November 13, 2016

Ebb and Flow exhibition by the ATASDA Untethered group.

Venue: Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, Sydney

I will have an artwork on display at this exhibition, along with many other works created to the theme Ebb and Flow by members of the ATASDA Untethered group. This will be our second annual exhibition. Last year’s exhibition was a huge success and garnered many favourable comments, with some viewers travelling great distances to visit the exhibition, and they weren’t disappointed!

 

Saturday November 26, 2016

Venue: Braidwood Central School, during the annual Braidwood Quilt Event

Bead-Embellished Brooches

One-day workshop, 10am – 4pm

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Workshop description:

Discover how to make your own Bead-Embellished Brooch using fabric, interfacing, Japanese seed beads and focal beads, beading needle and thread. You will create your own beading design for your brooch – though you will have several of my samples to draw inspiration from during the workshop, and I will assist any participants who want help in this area. The techniques covered can also be used on other textile creations, such as wall hangings, bags, textile art, etc.  I will have plenty of my other beadwork creations there for show-and-tell during the workshop, to provide a possible springboard into your future beadwork creations.

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • beaded backstitch
  • bead couching
  • regular and branched fringing
  • picot edging
  • general construction techniques for the brooches
  • maintaining good tension in the beadwork

Workshop cost: $70 per person (this includes $55 for workshop fee + $15 for the essential kit – which includes full printed notes with photos and diagrams. The kit includes all materials and beading needles required to complete one Bead-Embellished Brooch)

Download the PDF workshop flyer here:

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If you have further questions regarding this workshop, please either email me on chiatanyadesigns@gmail.com    or phone me on (02) 4849 4489 (9am – 8pm only please)

 

Sunday November 27, 2016

Venue: Braidwood Central School, during the annual Braidwood Quilt Event

Coiled Brooch or Mini Basket

Half-day workshop, 10am – 2:30pm

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Workshop description:

Discover how to create these colourful coiled brooches and mini baskets using simple coiled basketry techniques, with some interesting focal items added (beads, feathers etc.). You will make one item during  the workshop—either a brooch or a mini basket. I will also bring many samples of my other coiled basketry items to inspire your future coiled basketry creations. There are so many possibilities with this versatile technique!

Techniques covered in this workshop:

  • starting the coil with a focal bead
  • working with the figure-8 coiling technique
  • starting and finishing new lengths of yarn
  • creating a harmonious colour flow throughout the brooch or mini basket
  • finishing techniques, incorporating a decorative element, such as a feather, tassel, focal bead, or other dangle
  • attaching a brooch back if required

Workshop cost: $60 per person (this includes $45 for workshop fee + $15 for the essential kit – which includes full printed notes with photos and diagrams. The kit includes all materials and sewing needles required to complete one Coiled Brooch or Mini Basket)

Download the PDF workshop flyer here:

coiled-brooch-or-mini-basket-workshop-braidwood-2016-email-version

If you have further questions regarding this workshop, please either email me on chiatanyadesigns@gmail.com    or phone me on (02) 4849 4489 (9am – 8pm only please)