Monthly Meeting

First Tuesday of the Month
Time:  7:30pm
Venue: Philatelic Society Rooms, 67 Mandeville Street
Parking is on the street.

There could be:

  • Show and tell
  • Raffles 
  • Library
  • Guest speakers
  • Demo of new techniques and equipment
  • Sales Table

Sit and Sew at Hohepa

Sit and Sew
Date: 15th May 2021
Venue: Hohepa – 23 Barrington Street, Christchurch (River end)

Sit and Sew is held in the Artemis activity Centre.

It is like a retreat in the city. We have the facility from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

What to bring: Lunch, a coffee mug, extension cord and multi-box. Sewing machine and all
associated things you need . Most importantly your charming personality.

Sit and Sew: Held each month, bring your own work and make sure you bring everything you need.
No charge

Values and Shadows with Mary-Jane Sneyd

Date: Saturday 29th May 2021

Time: 9:30-am – 4:pm

Venue: Hohepa, 23 Barrington Street, Cashmere

Price: $35 for members

Class information for Using Values and Shadows class (beginner level)

For any of my classes YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE ABLE TO DRAW. I have never done art and I cannot draw to save myself.

I teach theory and techniques so in the future you can work in a realistic style. For this class I concentrate on teaching about using fabric value (lightness or darkness) instead of colour to achieve realism. All techniques you will learn in this class can be applied to other forms of art quilting or textile art.

It is advised that this beginner class is completed before taking my intermediate level class ‘Using Value for Realism: Make a Realistic Hand’.

Using Values and Shadows. 1 day class.

  • This is a technique and theory class. We learn about value and apply it to fabric, and includes an introduction to making shadows.
  • Because this is a theory and technique class, do not expect to go home with a completely finished piece after 1 day. You will, however, be given all instructions needed to finish it.
  • Participants will choose to make 1 of 3 options, with 2 different methods for making shadows. Sashing (as in Three Planets below) is optional for all pieces. Backing, binding and quilting is the participants’ choice although I am happy to advise and help.
  • All 3 options can be made into a wall hanging or table runner as the participant wishes.
  • All 3 options require scraps of 12 coloured, patterned fabrics (from light to dark) in the same colourway (i.e. 12 in red or 12 in blue or 12 in green) and 3 bigger pieces (8”x 8” or 10” x 10”) of neutral patterned background fabrics of different values.

1. Orbs and shadow. Can be vertical or horizontal, approx 24.5" x 8.5"

2. Bouncing Ball. Ahorizonal piece, approx 29" x 10"

3. Three planets. The moon and sashing are optional. Can be vertical or horizontal, approx. 29" x 10"

Foundation Paper Piecing with Paula Lawrence

Date: Saturday 19th June 2021

Time: 9:30-am – 4:pm

Venue: Hohepa, 23 Barrington Street, Cashmere

Price: $50 for members

This class is for all levels including beginners.


This one day class is designed to make foundation piecing fun and easy.

You will make one block (18 inch) on the day which consists of 8 sections which join together forming a star. This can be then turned into a cushion ( as per the photo) or, you can continue to make more blocks to make a table runner. I have used a foundation pattern by Carol Doak which I have for teaching purposes, and I hope to remove any doubts you may have regarding your ability to tackle this fabulous technique, and I hope you will want to move on to a more advanced class.

I have supplied a second photo in William Morris fabrics which gives you a different look to the bold star made in Jinny Beyer fabrics I had left over from making my Moonglow quilt.

You don’t need much fabric for this class but you do need to look at your colour choices to co-ordinate. 

Retreat at Rangi Ruru 9 - 11 July 2021

Our annual retreat will be held as usual at Rangi Ruru School. A weekend to enjoy time to quilt, renew old friendships and make new ones. You will be well fed, warm and comfortable.

The class this year is:

An Art Quilt Adventure  with Lois Parish Evans, TextileArtist/ArtQuilter

 Finding the Extra-Ordinary in the Ordinary

In this workshop, participants will use design principles to develop and create an original design. Using photographs of nature as inspiration, we will explore ways to express what we see as the extra-ordinary in the ordinary.  Using the design process and techniques of raw edge applique, hand colouring, thread painting and free motion quilting, participants will create their own unique art quilt.

To achieve this, participants will learn and explore a variety of techniques:

  • design skills
  • raw edge appliqué
  • hand colouring with Inktense and paints
  • thread painting
  • free machine quilting

Participants will use different fabrics, threads, Inktense pencils and fabric paints to build and create their own Art Quilt.

Artistic skills are not a pre-requisite , just an openness to ‘playing’ and exploring. Basic skill on a sewing machine necessary.

Lois Parish Evans is an award winning textile artist/art quilter whocurrently lives in Tauranga with her family. Learning to sew and drawfrom an early age, Lois merged her two favourite subjects whilst atArt School and has been creating textile art and exhibiting for manyyears. Lois loves exploring and pushing her own creativity in newdirections and is excited about facilitating workshops to teach skillsby creating a learning environment that encourages participants topursue their own creativity.For more information on Lois visit:www.loisparishevans.comFB: loisparishevanstextileartistInstagram: loisparishevans