On Sundays at the at the Art Gallery they run hands on activities to compliment the Quilt Exhibition. This has been organised by the Stitchery Collective which is part of the degree course for Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology.
This activity is SUPER popular.
There wasn't enough room to fit everyone in so they overflowed into the garden on the day I was there.
They started with the same fabric in various colours all cut to the same shape. A range of stencils that people could choose from and trace onto the fabric with a pencil. There were (cheap) embroidery hoops, (cheap) embroidery cottons, all or these seemed to be just stranded cotton in a limited range of colours, and pieces of felt with (cheap) needles.
There was also a selection of stamps to choose from.
On each table they had a central caddy that held scizzors, pencils, threads, needles and laminated cards with 5 or 6 basic embroidery stitches. Then you were invited to stitch.
So I stitched and added a few beads as well. It was an eye opener to see so many people in there stitching. I have some ideas of how I will use this for a children's class in April 2014. When I get it together I will post it.