Workshop- Basics of Fabric Dyeing, 2 April

February 23, 2016 | Posted in Workshops | By

Mary Kennedy: Basics of Fabric Dyeing Workshop – Saturday 2 April 2016, 10.00am – 3.00pm


Come enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Strathnairn, Holt while learning to dye your own fabrics using procion dyes.  Mary will be teaching how to dye fabrics  in a sequence from light to dark and from a primary colour to a secondary colour. You also get to experiment with a range of pattern making techniques.

Important:  Bookings are essential and payment of the $90 workshop fee must be made by the next Canberra Quilters evening meeting on 3 March 2016.

Here are some images from a previous workshop:

colour purple Drying the rainbow

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Workshop News- Advanced Dyeing, 31 October

September 8, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By

The Advanced Dyeing Workshop with accredited teacher, Mary Kennedy, will be held on Saturday 31 October 2015 at Strathnairn.

Participants will come home with a “colour wheel” of dyed fabric. The cost of the workshop is $105 (including a $60 material fee).

Bookings and full payment of the workshop fee is due 30 September 2015. Contact the Workshop Coordinator at for more information.

Images from a previous workshop:

colour purple Drying the rainbow


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Small Japanese Projects – 22 April

April 16, 2015 | Posted in Japanese, member activity | By

A message from co-ordinator Wendy:

This month Shuji from Wabi Sabi Design has generously volunteered to run an indigo dyeing workshop with us. This follows on really well from Karen and Wendy’s show and tell of items they dyed in Japan.

We aren’t likely to do something as complex as the photo, though! He will provide the dye solution. All you need to bring is some white or off white cotton fabric, or if you prefer, you can buy some as listed below. You might want to wear a cover-up.

From Shuji:

  • The class is 50 minutes.
  • Bring your own fabric (not too big please, less than 1/2 metre) then dyeing is free.
  • I will bring plain white cotton handkerchief (45cm x 45cm/$5) and scarf (35cm x 150cm/$10) to buy on the spot.

Shuji will provide rubber bands, and some threads and needles if you wish to stitch patterns in the cloth (shibori) before dyeing it. Because this is a hands on workshop, numbers are limited to 20 people. Preference is given to Small Japanese Project members. RSVP to

Patricia will show us the projects she is planning for the May meeting.

indigo shibori

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Workshop News – Lisa Walton (Fantastic Fusion), Mary Kennedy (Advanced Dyeing)

April 14, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By


Here is some important news from our workshop co-ordinator, Anne:

The Advanced Fabric Dyeing Workshop with Mary Kennedy, which is scheduled for 18 April 2015, has been postponed until 31 October 2015 due to insufficient people booked to attend.  If you are interested in attending this workshop please submit a workshop booking form with payment to the Workshop Coordinator.  Final payment of $105 is due 30 September 2015.

Happy Jack Workshops will be held on Tuesday 12 May 2015 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday 16 May 2015 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Cook Rooms.  A minimum of five people must be booked to attend a workshop or it will be cancelled. The cost is $10 is to be paid on the day.  If you wish to attend please email the Workshop Coordinator at

URGENT – the Lisa Walton talk on the 29 May 2015 and the Fantastic Fusion workshop on 30-31May 2015 are at risk of being cancelled due to insufficient people booked to attend.  Members interested in attending either of these events are encouraged to contact the Workshop Coordinator ( asap.  Members have until end of April to book and pay the talk fee of $15 and/or the workshop fee of $140 in full.

green fusion IMG_5644 IMG_5648

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Basic Dyeing workshop…look what you missed!

March 28, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By

Here are some images from today’s Basic Dyeing workshop with Mary Kennedy, held at Strathnairn Arts Centre at Holt, ACT.




Drying the rainbow

Drying the rainbow


colour purple

The colour purple


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Last minute place in Basic Dyeing workshop – tomorrow 28 March

March 27, 2015 | Posted in Workshops | By

A place has become available at the last minute in the Basic Dyeing Workshop tomorrow at Strathnairn, from 10am until 3pm. More information is available here. Cost is $85, which includes a kit fee of $40 – kit includes shared dyes and chemicals and fat quarters of fabric for you to dye.

Please phone workshop co-ordinator Anne on 0402448399

Quilts in banner by Brenda Gael Smith

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Advanced Dyeing Workshop – 18 October

September 15, 2014 | Posted in Workshops | By

Canberra Quilters accredited teacher, Mary Kennedy, is running an advanced dyeing workshop on 18 October at Strathnairn Arts Centre.

The workshop fee of $100 is due by 18 September 2014.

Further details and enrolment form can be found on both the Services and Events menu tabs, under workshops, on the CQ website.

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Exhibition – Synergy: Shibori Down Under, 1-24 August

August 14, 2014 | Posted in exhibitions, What's On | By

Members may be interested in this exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre, currently running until 24 August. Those interested in dyeing, shibori and fabric manipulation will all find something of interest.

synergy_shibori down under

Image in the banner is a detail shot of a scarf by Barbara Rogers of Sydney.

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