Opulent Embroidery for Fashion - Taster course

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Mary will provide you with a design on calico for you to work as an applique to go on a garment or perhaps a handbag. This taster workshop will introduce you to a few bead & sequin embroidery techniques, which will add texture and sparkle to your fashion and textile items. Mary will show you examples of her own work and images of work by others. Then she will demonstrate the bead and sequin embroidery techniques in the sample that she has brought to the class. 

This workshop is suitable for absolute beginners in bead and sequin embroidery.

A kit including, beads, sequins, sewing thread, velvet mat, beading needles and calico will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop. Students will need to bring a small embroidery hoop (available at any textile or craft shop) that has a diameter between 15cm–20cm, a small pair of scissors, pencil, and a small clamp or weight for the frame when you need to be hands-free.  

What you will learn

  • This workshop will introduce you to a variety of bead & sequin embroidery techniques, which will add texture and sparkle to your fashion and textile items.

What you will get

  • Expert tuition from an expert coach.

  • A kit including, beads, sequins, crystals and beading needles will be provided and is included in the cost of the workshop.


Mary Brown has trained at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in London. Her expertise ranges from surface stitching, goldwork embroidery and bead and sequin embroidery, and she has published a book on Goldwork Embroidery. Mary worked as a Visual Arts teacher in Senior Colleges until 2003, where she introduced stitching and embroidery as an important means for expression, mainly for Art Wearables. She has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney for 10 years, delivering lectures on embroidery and running embroidery workshops for all 2nd year students in Fashion & Textile Design. Mary also designs and creates embroidered garments and textiles for exhibition.

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Student age 

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Students must wear covered shoes, have long hair tied back and wear appropriate safety gear when using equipment.  All students will be shown how to use appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).

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 While all care will be taken, it is the responsibility of the student to follow all instructions and use all the equipment in a safe and responsible manner.

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What you will learn
  • Learn how to frame up for embroidery
  • Learn about the different needles that they will use in the workshop and how to thread them
  • Learn to identify the different metal threads, beads and sequins
What you will get
  • Expert tuition from an expert coach.

What to bring
  • Just your enthusiasm!
What to wear

Casual (Warning: this might get messy)

Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

Terms & Conditions


 Refunds: MakerSpace requires a minimum of 5 days (or 120 hour) notice in writing to receive a 75% refund for change of mind. If you miss this window, we recommend you gift (or sell) your place to someone who will use it and love it. Class places are fully transferable. Email hello@makerspace.org.au

 Cancellations: We rarely cancel classes, but occasional things come up beyond our control. Our classes are very small to ensure you have a great learning experience, but we need a minimum of 4 students to run most of our classes. If a class is cancelled, we will get in touch by phone or email, and discuss your options which include refund, credit or transfer to another date. 

Kids in classes: MakerSpace classes are designed for adults. Kids aged 14-17 can book this class on the condition that an accompanying adult also participates - which means booking two places. If you have questions about kids in the workshop, please read this.

 Terms and Conditions: All students must read and agree to our full Terms and Conditions, you can find them here.

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