Classes

Bella Fabrics’ program of classes are taken by dedicated and talented teachers, both local and interstate, each bringing their individual talent and creativity to the classes they take.

Classes cover quilting, dressmaking, appliqué, embroidery, EPP, crochet, to name a few.

​All classes include light refreshments. Bring your own lunch or we can place an order for you from a local café.

​Upcoming Classes for June 2024

Sunday 2nd – Christine Vlasic Workshop
Wednesday 5th – Susan Smith Workshop
Tuesday 11th – Louise Papas Workshop
Saturday 15th – Embroidery Workshop
Sunday 16th – Susan Smith Workshop.
Saturday 22nd – Lampshade making Workshop
Sunday 23rd – Pincushion Workshop
Friday 28th – Louise Papas Workshop
Sunday 30th – Judy Newman Workshop

​Upcoming Classes for July 2024

Wednesday 3rd – Susan Smith Workshop
Thursday 4th – Embroidery with Ana
Sunday 7th – Christine Vlasic Workshop
Tuesday 9th – Louise Papas Workshop
Thursday 11th – Luna Lapin Workshop
Friday 12th – Smocking with Ann
Saturday 13th – Karen Styles Workshop
Tuesday 16th – Smocking with Ann
Friday 19th – Smocking with Ann
Saturday 20th – Double Wedding Ring Quilt #1
Sunday 21st – Susan Smith Workshop
Tuesday 23rd – Smocking with Ann
Wednesday 24th – Embroidery with Ana
Wednesday 24th – Saturday 27th Melbourne Quilt & Craft Show
Friday 26th – Louise Papas Workshop

Smocking Workshop

We are excited to have Ann Forehan teaching Smocking at Bella Fabrics starting in July. Classes will run from 10am – 3pm & includes morning & afternoon tea. $85.00

I have loved Smocking from childhood when my mother dressed me in her own smocked dresses. As a child I was fascinated with the concept of smocking and its artistic nature. This fascination has continued over many years to the point where I have made smocked dresses for my daughter and granddaughters.

Around 15 years ago I started teaching smocking. As well as teaching traditional smocking, I enjoy designing and making patterns for all age groups with the current trends being a focus. I am looking forward to teaching at Bella Fabrics and sharing my Smocking knowledge with students in the hope that this wonderful skill is continued.

Dates:
Friday 12th July
Tuesday 16th July
Friday 19th July
Tuesday 23rd July
Friday 2nd August
Tuesday 6th August
Friday 16th August
Tuesday 27th August
Friday 6th September
Tuesday 17th September
Friday 19th September
Tuesday 1st October
Friday 4th October
Tuesady 15th October
Friday 18th October
Friday 8th November
Friday 15th November
Tuesday 19th November
Tuesday 26th November
Tuesday 3rd December
Friday 6th December
Tuesday 17th December

Cost: $85

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Embroidery Workshops with Ana Mallah

We are excited to have Ana teaching at Bella Fabrics commencing in July. Ana will be at Bella Fabrics the 1st Thursday of each month and the 4th Wednesday of each month, 10am – 3pm.

‘I have been a full time embroidery teacher and designer for almost 10 years. I am also a regular contributor to publications such as Inspirations magazine. I absolute love everything textiles, threads and flowers and am forever looking for ways to bring these elements together.

I have admired Bella Fabrics since it opened it’s beautiful doors to us and am looking forward to teaching and meeting passionate stitchers there’

Dates:
Thursday 4th of July 2024
Wednesday 24th of July 2024
Thursday 1st of August 2024
Wednesday 21st of August 2024
Thursday 5th of September 2024
Wednesday 25th of September 2024
Thursday 3rd of October 2024
Wednesday 23rd of October 2024
Thursday 7th of November 2024
Wednesday 27th of November 2024
Thursday 5th of December 2024

Cost: $85

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Margaret Mews workshops

Enjoy a hand stitching class with Margaret as she takes you through her tips to achieve accurate hand piecing and applique. Margaret’s aim is that you will enjoy and embrace hand piecing and hand applique as much as she does. And look at fabric, and use it a little differently than you may have before. Learn the essentials of template use and accurate fabric marking while working on your choice of Margaret’s designs.  You’ll learn helpful skills if you have struggled with any of the following … curved piecing, inset seams, smooth applique curves or points in the past, or applique stems. Choose a project from Margaret’s designs, either from her books or patterns; Your fabric requirements will be listed there for each quilt, but for class it is not usually needed to bring all the fabric for the quilt. Under Margaret’s expert guidance, you may wish to do a little shopping to add to what you have.

Dates:
– Sunday 25th August 2024
– Sunday 24th of November 2024

Cost: $90

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Petra Prins Classes

Petra Prins – Patchwork: 2 Day Workshop

Bella Fabrics is excited to confirm that Petra and Judith of Petra Pins Patchwork will be conducting a 2 day workshop at Bella Fabrics in February 2025. 

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Ak traditions class

Doll Making Classes

Learn to make one of these gorgeous dolls or Stash Cat ‘Atticus or Scout”

Class runs from 10am – 3pm. Doesn’t include kit.

Class cost is $90.

Dates:
Thursday 8th August 2024
Saturday 12th October 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Wedding class

Wedding Ring Quilt Workshop

This workshop consists of 2 classes running on Saturday 23rd March 2024 & Saturday 25th May 2024.

The 1st class is an introduction to cutting out using templates, hand piecing your arcs together.

The 2nd class is the construction of the wedding rings.

Morning & afternoon tea included.

Each class will run from 10am to 3pm and the cost is $180.

Dates:
Saturday 20th July 2024
Saturday 14th September

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Learning To Love Your Overlocker – with Kate Marra

This one-day course, 5-6 hours gives students a greater understanding of their overlocker and allows them to continue using it at home confidently. The kit provided covers a comprehensive 23-page workbook and all fabrics required for the day.

The course covers four thread overlocking, understanding tensions, three thread overlocking, rolled hem, understanding differential feed, techniques for better results when stitching a circle, inside corners, outside corners, working with difficult fabrics and so many applications for rolled hem!

Includes morning & afternoon tea.

Cost: $150 

Dates:
– 12th August 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Learn to love your Overlocker Class

Learning to Love Your Overlocker – Fabulous Flatlock Extension One

The first extension to the Learning to Love Your Overlocker course covers flatlocking and ladder stitch in depth. The additional pages cover wide and narrow flatlocking and various decorative applications, including ribbon work, decorative thread, beading, lace insertion and creating a blind hem stitch. The second part of the course is constructing a notebook cover using some of the techniques covered in the course. All fabrics provided to complete the workbook and project.

Cost: $150 

Dates:
– Sunday 8th of September 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Louise Papas Workshops

With over 15 years experience in quilt designing and teaching, Louise’s classes share her love of hand piecing, hand quilting and needle turn applique. Students can learn a range of skills from the basics like fabric selection and template making through to piecing, quilting and finishing the project. Start something new or pull out that old project and get it finished!

Louise’s designs reflect her passion for vintage style quilts including her ever popular quilt patterns The Avenue, Girl Next Door and Lamingtons for Tea. She continues to be inspired by beautiful fabrics every day.

Suitable for beginners and more advanced.

Morning/afternoon class $45 – Full day $85 (break 12.30-1pm for lunch)

Includes morning/afternoon tea.

Dates:
– Tuesday 11th June
– Friday 28th June
– Tuesday 9th July
– Friday 26th July
– Tuesday 13th August
– Friday 23rd August
– Tuesday 10th September
– Friday 25th October
– Tuesday 12th November
– Friday 22nd November
– Tuesday 10th December

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Louise Papas profile

Luna Workshop

Learn to make “Luna Lapin” the delightful quite & kind bunny, created by Sarah Peel.

Class cost includes, book, felt, liberty & thread.

Class runs from 10am – 3pm

Includes morning & afternoon tea.

Next scheduled class dates are:
– 11th July 2024
– 17th August 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Luna Lapin Class

Susan Smith Workshops

Join Susan, a long time quilter who excels in the art of appliqué and hand piecing, to learn these techniques. 

Susan has also designed a small collection of prints “Stonleigh” for Dutch Heritage Fabrics, due out early this year.

Class includes morning/afternoon tea.

Dates:
– Sunday 16th June
– Wednesday 3rd July
– Sunday 21st July
– Wednesday 4th September
– Sunday 15th September
– Wednesday 2nd October
– Sunday 20th October
– Wednesday 6th November
– Sunday 17th November
– Wednesday 4th December

Call the shop on 9870 9500 for more details

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Susan Smith

Christine Vlasic Workshops

A pile of scrap fabric gives me such a buzz. Giving it a form, deciding which fabric compliments another, interlocking shapes and before you know it there is a block, an idea to take further.

Sewing has been a passion for many years, it brings me joy and it is my pleasure to share my love of fabric and quilt making with students of all abilities.

The opportunity to share my skills with others is an absolute privilege. Hope to see you in class one day!

Workshop cost: $85.00 includes morning/afternoon tea.

Dates:
– Sunday 7th July
– Sunday 4th August
– Sunday 1st September
– Sunday 6th October
– Sunday 3rd November
– Sunday 1st December

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Christine Vlasic

Judy Newman

Judy has loved needle and thread her whole life.

Judy has been designing quilts and teaching for many years, authored books for Quiltmania and now produce my own fabric ranges for Devonstone Collections.

Her quilts are generally made in soft colours with occasional pops of muted brights, vintage style inspired.  Hand piecing, EPP and applique are her preferred methods of patchwork and she loves to assist with colour choices, mixing up scale and density to help create beautiful quilts for her students. Judy loves to hand quilt, the gentle rhythm of the needle through the thread is comforting and slow but gives her time to think about what comes next as her quilts are rarely planned from beginning to end, they evolve with the colours and prints as she uses them.

Includes morning/afternoon tea

Dates:
– Sunday 18th August 2024
– Sunday 27th October 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Judy Newman

Lampshade Workshop

Tamica, a mother of two, created Nooshy Design out of necessity. When her daughter was born in 2015, Tamica couldn’t find the perfect lampshade for her bedroom so Tamica designed and made her own and, in the process, experienced the joy of creating something bespoke. This was the beginning of Nooshy Design.

Tamica’s lampshade classes will teach you how to make you very own custom designed 30cm drum lampshade. Tamica will use her creative design skills to take you through the process of making your own lampshade. At the end of the class, you will have created something you have personally hand-made to light up your home.

Tamica’s class is ideal for beginners to advanced – no prior lampshade making experience required.

Workshop  includes tuition & kit

Class duration is 10am-12noon

Class cost: 130.00

Dates:
– Saturday 22nd June 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Lampshade Class

Margaret Mews & Judy Newman Workshop

Join these 2 very talated teachers for a 1-day workshop.

Enjoy a hand stitching class with Margaret as she takes you through her tips to achieve accurate hand piecing and applique. Margaret’s aim is that you will enjoy and embrace hand piecing and hand applique as much as she does. And look at fabric, and use it a little differently than you may have before.Learn the essentials of template use and accurate fabric marking while working on your choice of Margaret’s designs.  You’ll learn helpful skills if you have struggled with any of the following … curved piecing, inset seams, smooth applique curves or points in the past, or applique stems.

Judy’s quilts are generally made in soft colours with occasional pops of muted brights, vintage style inspired.  Hand piecing, EPP and applique are her preferred methods of patchwork and she loves to assist with colour choices, mixing up scale and density to help create beautiful quilts for her students. Judy loves to hand quilt, the gentle rhythm of the needle through the thread is comforting and slow but gives her time to think about what comes next as her quilts are rarely planned from beginning to end, they evolve with the colours and prints as she uses them.

Includes morning/afternoon tea. Lunch not included, bring your lunch or we can order from a cafe in Mailing Road. Class runs from 10am – 3.30pm (lunch 12.30-1pm)

Class duration is 10am – 3.30pm (lunch 12.30-1pm)

Class cost: 110.00

Dates:
– Sunday 12th of May 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Margaret Mews & Judy Newman Workshop

Sew.be Workshop

Bec is a modern Australian quilt designer with a growing global following. She is known for her scrappy colourful style and unique fabric combinations. Bec’s patterns are designed for confident beginners and up, and benefit from a scrappy palette drawn from a wide variety of fabrics.

Class cost: $110.00

Dates:
New Dates to be confirmed

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Pincushion Workshop with Anna ‘Lalou and Boo’

Art and craft have always been woven into my life, like a sacred golden thread that I call upon when the outside world becomes too frenetic. Although I have always loved painting and drawing, the magic of textiles opened up to me after I became a mum and discovered a precious ‘slow life’ with my children that enabled me to really explore my creativity.
Today, I have a small business and instagram account under the name ‘Lalou and Boo’ where I share and sell my textile-based work. I take inspiration from the world around me, particularly from my garden and life with my four little girls. I love working alongside other creatives in this incredible community, as we share our passions together and inspire each other to make beautiful things.
Come learn to make an exquisite embroidered linen pincushion with me from start to finish, using English paper piecing, applique and embroidery.  It is a lovely, achievable little project on which to learn some new skills, make friends and add a little beauty to your sewing kit!
Class cost includes tuition, morning & afternoon tea. Class runs from 10am – 3pm
Anna will provide a kit $20 payable to Anna on the day. Also required a little bit of stuffing & liberty. Available at Bella Fabrics.
Class cost: $85

Dates:
– Sunday 23rd June 2024
– Saturday 24th August 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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Karen Styles Workshop

Karen Styles formally of Somerset Patchwork is teaching a Clamshell project which later can be made into a purse or little bucket. In the afternoon she will give a demonstration on how to make the perfect 6 pointed star.

Class cost: $85

Dates:
– Saturday 13th of July 2024

For more information email us at jeannie@bellafabrics.com.au

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