Sculptural Embroidery Workshop with Meredith Woolnough

Three Day Workshop
Saturday 9 June – Monday 11 June 2018 | 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost – $350
(1 hour for lunch)


In this technique based workshop we explore the freehand embroidery technique to create a range of experimental embroidered artworks. The sewing machine will be transformed into an unconventional drawing tool and you will be in control of every stitch allowing your creativity and imagination to run wild. By stitching onto water-soluble fabric we will create a range of lacelike embroideries that can then be shaped and molded into sculptural forms. Over the span of the three days you will create a range of sample pieces building up to your own unique artwork. Your final artwork may take the form of a freestanding sculpture or a shadow-mounted artwork ready for framing.

Meredith Woolnough 

holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with first class honours) from the University of New South Wales (Collage of Fine Arts) and a Masters of Teaching from the University of Sydney. She taught Textiles and Design and Visual Art in a Sydney secondary school for several years before transitioning into work as a professional artist. Meredith comments that ‘I left a job that I loved, moved to a whole new city and began work full time as an artist. It has been one of the scariest but also the most satisfying choices I have made in my life so far and I am so grateful to be able to make a living out of making my art.’

Meredith Woolnough’s elegant embroidered traceries capture the delicate beauty of nature in knotted embroidery threads. Through a delicate system of tiny stitches she creates intricate and complex openwork compositions that are then carefully pinned in shadowboxes, just like preserved specimens. Her work maps the frameworks of the various veining systems found in nature to create work that explores the balance, harmony and connectivity of life on Earth. Inspired by the patterns, structures and shapes found in plants, coral, cells and shells, Meredith’s embroideries represent both the robust beauty and elegant fragility of life.


Suited to all levels. No experience is necessary but basic sewing machine operation skills will be helpful.

Day 1 – Sewing machine setup and care. Experimental Freehand embroidery on woven fabric. Experimental Freehand embroidery on water soluble fabric

Day 2 – Planning for self directed project. Water soluble dissolving techniques. Embroidery molding techniques for three dimensional sculptures. Colour mixing activities

Day 3 – Continued work on self directed project. Three dimensional mounting techniques

Material list for students to bring

  • A sewing machine with its standard accessories including sewing table. Your machine must be suitable for FREE MOTION EMBROIDERY/DARNING and have the ability to turn the ‘feed teeth down’. Please test your machine before you arrive and have it serviced if necessary to make sure it is in top condition and sewing well. Your machine needs to be Tested & Tagged.
  • A freehand embroidery foot or darning foot for your sewing machine. This foot does not normally come standard with machines and may need to be purchased separately.
  • Spare sewing machine needles (sharp or jeans needles recommended, size 80-90)
  • Bobbins suited to your machine (at least 4)
  • A thread stand (if you like to work with one)
  • A small machine embroidery hoop (15 – 25cm is good). I prefer the sturdy wooden machine embroidery hoops but any hoop with a nice strong hold will be fine.
  • 1 or 2 Squares of sample fabric to fit your embroidery hoop (calico suggested but any woven fabric is suitable)
  • Good quality sewing /embroidery threads of your choice (I use polyester machine embroidery thread, but feel free to bring along cotton/wool/metallic threads if you like to work with those).
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sketch book and pencils/pens


All other materials will be supplied.

Please call the gallery on 03 5722 0865  or book now


image: Meredith Woolnough, Blue coral bowl,

above image : Meredith installing ‘Typologies’