Petalplum

 I have my very own studio! I hope you’ll come visit me and we can sip tea, chat and create together. You’ll find me at Studio 7, M-Arts Precinct, Corner of Proudfoots Lane & Brisbane St, Murwillumbah. My studio hours vary (depending on children and work I need to do at home), so please do message me to arrange an appointment.

Craft Gatherings are an informal craft get-together where we can sit and create together, and sip tea & eat cake. I’ll provide the tea and cake, and any extra craft supplies you might like, and you can bring along the project you’re working on. Be it stitching, crochet, weaving, punch-needle, sewing, journaling, idea-ing…

Gathering with other people is so very important for our creative selves, and having someone give us some extra support, feedback, ideas or just that (sometimes) much needed smile of ‘getting it’ makes a lot of difference in our days.

What are craft gatherings?

  • a 2.5 hr casual gathering to connect with others, set time aside for your creative work, have some external eyes on your work and some extra hearts sharing your love of making

  • tea, homemade cake and savoury nibbles provided by me

  • access to use of my notions, supplies, etc while working during the session, as well as extras I’ll have on hand

  • I will have projects, patterns and fabrics you can use to create something if you’re not sure what to make

  • informal teachings, if you want or need, but not a set class; this is like a craft club gathering but with the extra support of me guiding the space

  • you can purchase any take-home notions (needles, scissors, thread, etc) or craft kits (fabric, yarn, weaving looms, dye kits - coming soon) from my studio

  • meet, make, create, connect, inspire - make friends, connect your head, hand & heart while making something

Cost is $15 for a session for pre-paid or $20 casual, which includes my homemade cakes (I’m a pretty good cake maker, if I do say so myself, and will have vegan and gluten-free options), savoury snacks, endless tea, access to my notions (needles, scissors, thread, etc) during class time, fabric stash supplies, try new crafts, experiment and explore without having to commit. Also, I’ll have different projects and ideas if you’re not sure where to start or what to make.

When: 2.5 hrs but please feel free to leave earlier if you need, or stay longer if you want.
Tuesday and Wednesday mornings 9.30am-midday
available other days by request

Book for a month block here or pay week by week at my studio. Paying up front will help me to know how much cake to make, and other logistics such as making sure I have enough supplies to share, new crafts to show you and gather enough enough cups for everyone. By committing to a term of gatherings you’ll be committing to your own creative practice and allowing yourself to lean in deeply into your work and making.

Where: My studio in the M-Arts Precinct, Murwillumbah - at the lovely tables right outside my sweet little studio. Parking is available on Proudfoots Lane (2hrs weekdays and until mid-day Saturdays, unlimited on Saturday afternoons and all day Sundays) or across the road at Knox Park (all day parking section).

Ellie Beck Petalplum Learn basket making in my online course - raffia botanically dyed with avocado. Ellie Beck Petalplum.jpeg
Ellie Beck Petalplum slow stitch naturally dyed needle cases
I have some workshops coming up over the coming months, and I’m really really super happy to be collaborating with these amazing heart-ful women to bring creative connections to you. ⠀
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I hope you can come along and we can chat while we create; my workshops are about more than simply making a thing   they’re about connecting, immersing ourselves deeply into tapping into our own creative voices, working through the fears of imperfectionism, and discovering the joys of slowing down into the simple pleasures that comes from creating with head, heart & hands.⠀
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•Loom weaving & a book launch party @_atelier34_ ‘s place⠀
•Natural dye & book binding @triciaeco ‘s place⠀
•Botanical Improv & loom weaving @darling_mills_studio ‘s place.⠀
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I’ll share more over the coming week, but all the details are on my website - with early bird tickets available until end of July.
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 Loom Weaving Workshop

Saturday 3rd August, 2019 - 9.30am - 1pm
Sunday 18th August, 2019 - 10am - 1.30pm
or I’m available for private classes, either one-on-one or gather some friends and learn to weave together.

Includes:

  • your own take home hand crafted weaving loom

  • wooden weaving needles

  • warping string for extra weavings

  • hand dyed yarn - dyed by me using natural and botanical dyes

  • access to my online weaving course here

  • a fabric bag for your yarn and needles

  • full hands-on teaching in a small group - so you can learn all the steps of weaving from warping up your loom, to taking it off the loom

  • ongoing support as needed

  • homemade cake and savoury snacks, as well as endless tea

$125 early bird price ends 28th July, full price $165 (booking early allows us to have time to make your loom and dye your yarn).


Connections in Cloth: Slow Stitch, Natural Dye, Mending & Mindful Making

This morning I sat in the sunshine stitching, mending my little denim jacket that I’ve been wearing for about 10years (which I didn’t photograph because I was stitching). ⠀
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I’m soaking up the goodness of things as they happen; slowing into each day, looking up at the sky, stopping to listen to the black cockatoos calling, feeling the soil in my hands while digging my garden, looking people in the eyes when we speak, hearing the thread through fabric while I stitch.⠀
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I wrote a blog post about finding creativity in the busyness of regular life, perhaps you’d like to read it. It was originally written for a magazine but they kept changing their minds about what angle they wanted me to write - so I decided to share it on my blog instead. I’ve got to that age where I don’t want to chase to someone’s perfections and am happy to let go, rather than pushing a ‘thing’ to happen. ⠀
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*this is my Fearless Quilt - which makes me so happy

This four-week workshop will guide you through taking a humble stitched line for a walk, through your cloth and your creativity. You’ll learn different hand stitching techniques, practicing over the weeks to better understand your own personal stitch-hand (much like hand writing, everyone has their own stitch style).

We will spend time immersed in my version of slow stitching, which is a little like Indian Kantha, Japanese Boro and very simple Sashiko, and traditional embroidery techniques. You’ll work with various fabrics, and ponder on mixing weights and weaves together - finding out what works and what doesn’t.

During our gatherings together we’ll create a stitched drawstring bag, that will give you the knowledge to go on to make a quilt, a cushion, and many other hand stitched items.

We’ll talk about mending, and various ways to keep wearing or using your loved clothing, bedding, linens, etc.

We’ll make some simple natural dyes and dye our own fabrics to use, as well as create marks onto the cloth using instinctual mark-making techniques.

These sessions are about guiding you through making your own colours, patterns & marks onto your cloth, how to upcycle and use what you have, how to embrace and love your own innate creativeness, to overcome your fears about making mistakes and simply make something that brings you joy - both in the process of making and the end of holding something you’ve created.

I truly believe that spending time with this cloth will connect you to yourself on a deeper level, and change the way you view creativity, humble moments and simple things.

Two days available: (it’s preferable to come to the same day each week, but can be change if you need for one week).

Every Monday evening in August - 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th August 2019, 3.30-7pm
Saturday afternoons in August - 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st August 2019, 2-5.30pm

Cost is $150 for all the four sessions, includes all materials you’ll need as well as afternoon tea (sweet & savoury).

Book here or in person at my studio

Hand dyed fabric hand stitched quilt. Naturally and botanically dyed, kimono fabric, hemp, silk, cotton, linen. Sashiko, boro, kantha. Slow Stitch, Mindful Mending. The Fearless Quilt by Ellie Beck Petalplum.jpeg
Ellie Beck Petalplum slow stitch naturally dyed needle cases
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 My new little studio is in the beautiful M-Arts Precinct, Murwillumbah. I’m so happy to be part of this vibrant community of artists and creatives, and can’t wait to chat with you in my space. I have tea and a spare chair, so pop in and let’s stitch together or spend some time chatting about creative things.

My hours aren’t yet set, and will be based around my children’s needs more than anything. If you particularly want to see me, send me a message to arrange a time. These hours are *hopeful* times…

Mon - Wed : 9am (ish) - 4pm
Saturday : 9am - 2.30pm
open half an hour before workshop times or craft gatherings

Postal address:
Ellie Beck
PO Box 230
Murwillumbah
NSW 2484

Studio 7 (near the Proudfoots Lane entrance, behind Bacaro)
M-Arts Precinct
1 Brisbane St, Corner Proudfoots Lane
Murwillumbah
NSW 2484

Free Parking options: in Proudfoots Lane 2hrs signage M-F 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-12noon. All day parking options (week days and week ends) Knox Park parking, across road.


 
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*slightly awkward photo of me* BUT too excited to care ... I have a studio space all for me! I picked up the keys yesterday and today my sweet (noisy) family and I took a whole load of things in to set up. ⠀
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So this space is filling up with my weavings, fabric, yarn and some sewing supplies (for selling), as well as some very VERY beautiful pieces from @deadwoodcreative⠀
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Come visit me @m.arts.precinct : I’ve got tea & tea cups (and currently a very tiny teapot until I find a bigger one 🍵☕️), and we can sit and stitch or weave 🧵✂️🧶 and chat.