Stitching Escapes

2007 Sewing Escape:
Cleveland Winery, Lancefield, Victoria: 10th - 12th August

The Windflower Sewing Escapes for 2007 will take place from the 10th to the 12th of August 2007, so come and join us for a few days of relaxation, stitching and fun! Read more about the 2007 Escape below.

Click HERE to download a Booking Form! Or click here for more details on how to book.

The Projects:

In My Grandmother's Workbox ~ Jan Kerton
Create a glimpse of sewing nostalgia - a peek into Grandmother's workbox. Jan has collected antique needle packets, button cards, spools, buttons and fabric to use in this delightful project. She will provide you with a full antique alphabet so you can stitch your own initial on antique fabric and over-dye for added age! This project is also an excellent way to display any needlework memorabilia, tool or family heirlooms you may have. Bring them to class and Jan can assist you to incorporate them into the project. 'Grandmother's Workbox' can be mounted in a box lid or framed for your sewing room.


Mice Mischief ~ Catherine Howell

It’s amazing what mischief mice will get up to in the wee small hours of the morning! They are having such fun either cuddling up together or bouncing over piles of cushions.

Catherine will help you achieve this scene when you thread paint their bodies in mohair and add a whimsical touch with knitted sweaters.

You may choose to stitch the two little mice companions on a needle case or you can stitch them on a blanket if you wish. This project is easily achieved over the weekend.

For a bit more of a challenge you can attempt the larger design with several mice bouncing over a pile of cushions on a blanket. You should be able to complete at least 2 of the mice over the weekend.


Golden Insects ~ Alison Cole

These goldwork insects, consisting of dragonfly, butterfly and bee, will add sparkle to any room. Featuring basic goldwork techniques, they are suitable for all skill levels. They may be framed as a trio or individually, or set into box tops.
There is a choice of background colours: Black, Red, Dark Navy, or Dark Bottle Green. Design Size: each insect is approximately 7 cm x 7 cm


Native Flower Spray ~ Bev Stayner

An original design by Bev Stayner inspired by Australia’s own backyard.
The flowers in Bev’s wonderful design have a realistic colour palate because she has used the unique shades of Australian ‘Gumnut’ threads. These silk threads work beautifully for this project.

Under Bev’s excellent guidance, students will work a background of stems and leaves using basic stitches in a new format. The background will then be adorned with raised Grevillea and Gum blossom, fluffy 3-dimensioanl Wattle, natural looking Bottle Brush, a beautiful Hakea flower and lastly an exquisite Waratah, using a padded stump work technique. Then, easily stitched detached leaves (no wire!) and some real looking Gumnuts will be added and to finish the project, and of course, no Aussie backyard is complete without a Red Back spider!

The comprehensive kit for this project includes a printed background and fabrics to complete the bag, labelled threads, all needles, extensive instruction and a large colour image.


The Teachers:

Jan Kerton
Jan was taught to sew by her grandmothers and this love of textile crafts has continued throughout her life. She runs her Melbourne based business 'Windflower Embroidery' from home, and specialises in the design and mail order of a delightful range of wool-embroidered blankets, with her unique applique technique. In 2002 Jan launched a range of raised embroidery (stumpwork) kits on this website.
Jan continues to develop new kits for her mail order business and website, runs stitching weekends and write regularly for 'Inspirations' magazine. She travels nd teaches locally, interstate and overseas.  

Catherine Howell
Catherine is from a family of artists and grew up in a picturesque Cotswold village in England. Her talent led her to attend the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design where she experimented with different textiles and patterns. While working as a lingerie designer for Marks and Spencer in London, she met her husband and moved to Melbourne. Catherine's passion for embroidery led her to experimenting with wool and silk thread to create her wonderful 3-dimensional techniques which give life to her embroidery. Catherine runs 'Catherine Howell Embroidery Designs', designing and marketing delightful embroidery kits. She writes regularly for Cross Stitch and Embroidery magazine and teaches extensively throughout Australia. 

Alison Cole
Alison Cole has been embroidering for over 20 years. She has fond childhood memories of sorting her mother’s threads into colour ways.

Alison gained an Intermediate Certificate through the Embroiderers’ Guild in Melbourne and has completed numerous embroidery courses. She has been the recipient of a local Embroiderers’ Guild branch Scholarship and the prestigious Ethel Oates Scholarship, which she used to research the history of metal thread embroidery. Alison also won the Florence Monod Award for Excellence at the Royal Melbourne Show.

Her first book ‘All That Glitters’, featuring Goldwork and Stumpwork embroidery and she is a regular contributor to Embroidery and Cross Stitch and Australian Country Craft Magazines. During 2006, Alison was a featured artist at the Craft and Quilt Fairs, touring Australia exhibiting and teaching the art of Goldwork.

Bev Stayner
Based in Bendigo, Bev has a long history of involvement with craft and textile. She was inspired to machine sew at an early age by her mother and grandmother and progressed into hand embroidery after the birth of her second child. In a short time she began to master smocking techniques and used her knowledge to stitch samples for well known Melbourne shops, including Bustle and Bows and Windflower Smocking.

Bev has now spent many years working and assisting designer and embroidery teacher, Jan Kerton, and has worked with many designers for Windflower Embroidery and The Sewing Sisters. This Experience has encouraged her to develop and work her own needle work designs and the chance to experiment in most areas of textile and craft. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for these with others, including her two daughters.


The Venue

Cleveland Winery
The Grange at Cleveland Winery - with panoramic views of the Macedon Ranges - was converted to an exclusive retreat in 2003. Located on a working winery, your visit in will be the perfect way to relax, stitch and enjoy yourself.

The 2-Day Stitching Package includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • 12 hours tuition

Additional Costs:

  • Beverages with Dinner
  • Phones Calls
  • Kit for Class

How to book:
Click HERE to download a booking form for the Cleveland Sewing Escape. Print out and fill in your details and either fax or post the form (more details are on the form). Don't forget to check out our Early Bird discounts for early bookings!

If you would like to receive a brochure and booking form via mail please email

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