FibreX Workshops

Clare Thornley

FibreX acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which this event takes place, the Darkinyung people. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

FibreX aspires to unite vendors and crafters from the Central Coast and surrounding areas. With 28 market stalls, workshops, a community crafting space and public forums, FibreX is committed to promoting inclusivity and diversity.

We are excited to announce the details for the workshops at FibreX . There will be five creative and stimulating workshops on offer, taught by four tutors. All workshops are scheduled for Saturday 22 June 2019. Our tutors are:
Francoise "Frenchie" Danoy from Aroha Knits
Self-described "As a bi-racial, multi-cultural queer crafter of color...Franco-Maori, American-Australian knitwear designer + coach living in Osaka, Japan," Frenchie is a contemporary and exciting knitwear designer! She finds inspiration in her heritage for her amazing patterns and works to inspire others on their fibre journey. She can be found on Instagram @arohaknits and on Facebook @laframboiseverteknits.
Sky Carter from Sky Carter Colour
Sky Carter is a self-taught Sydney based fibre and textile artist. In her practice she pacifies her primal instincts to create and nurture life through the making of intensely textural and soft works that can be caressed and held throughout the creative process. Influenced and obsessed with childhood experiences Sky accesses a deeply intense internal world when ‘making’. She also allows external influences of current cultural, social, design and political movements impact her creatively. A weaver, Sky regularly teaches weaving (and other) workshops and has designed her own range of looms and weaving tools. She can be found on Instagram @skycartercolour and on Facebook @skycartercolour.
Rebecca Doyle from Made by Me Workshop
After 20+ years in the fashion industry leading creative teams, working with colour
and pattern, Rebecca Doyle decided to walk away from her high-pressure
corporate career and return to her creative roots. Rebecca’s passion for art &
craft began as a child who spent most of her free time working on projects with
her mum and only grew as she started collecting handcrafted pieces on her
travels around the world - Made By Me Workshop is the result of where this path
led. She can be found on Instagram @madebymeworkshop and on Facebook @madebymeworkshop.
Sukrita from WebspunWares
Sukrita is a Central Coast-based fibre artist, specialising in hand-dyed yarns, hand-spun yarns and hand-made batts. She is also a founder and contributor to Unfinished Object. Sukrita enjoys spinning yarn on both a wheel and a drop spindle. She also finds joy experimenting with different methods of baking bread - usually with very yummy results! Sukrita can be found on Instagram @su.krita.
Workshop Details
All workshops will be 2.5 hours in length and will be offered in spaces on the Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle on Saturday 22 June 2019. There will be morning sessions (9.30am-12noon) and afternoon sessions (2.00pm-4.30pm). Each workshop will have limited spaces available, ensuring that students will be able to gain the most from their tutor and the workshop. Some workshops have materials supplied, other workshops require that students bring their own materials. See the description of each workshop below for more information.
 Registration for all workshops will open on 1 May. Registrations will only be available via the FeltFine online store (at - here is the link. Please note, the links to register for the individual workshops will be via that page and only available from 1 May).
Morning Workshops (9.30am-12noon)
Exploring Maori Traditions Through Stranded Knitting with Francoise Danoy
Description: As a Maori artist and designer, many of my patterns draw influence from traditional weaving motifs found in taaniko. It is part of my mission of using my work and art to express the stories, values, and perspectives of the culture, to enrich the knitting community with diverse experiences, to remember the past, and leave a legacy for the future. We will learn about the different taaniko motifs, their meaning, and significance, and then cast on a simple colorwork hat project that features one such motif.
Skill Level: Intermediate; the student needs to be comfortable with colorwork techniques.

Materials: Student must supply all materials. DK/8-ply weight yarn (two colorways,one skein each), US7 (4.5mm)  knitting needles, locking stitch marker, pen or pencil.

Cost: $100

Special Note: FibreX is teaming up with Coastal Yarn Traders at Toronto on beautiful Lake Macquaire to offer a Meet & Greet/Trunk Show with Frenchie on Friday 21 June and a second workshop, "Shawl Magic", on Sunday 23 June. More details will be available soon!

Weave a Wall Hanging with Sky Carter

Description: Come join Sky in a free-form weaving workshop and learn how to create and complete your very own woven wall hanging. Sky teaches using her own designed weaving loom and tools and provides an array of carefully chosen and curated materials. In this workshop Sky will help you unleash your inner weaver and show you traditional as well as innovative techniques to create a fabulous woven masterpiece.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: All materials and tools provided. Students will have the opportunity to purchase the loom and weaving tools after the workshop.

Cost: $70

Punch Needling with Rebecca Doyle

Description: Punch needle brings together the best of embroidery and rug hooking in a fun and efficient way. Absolutely no experience is necessary, this technique is easy to learn and quicker to finish than embroidery - many people have likened it to
painting with yarn. Use a pattern or create your own – either way, you’ll walk away with a crafty creation you can hang on the wall or turn into a cushion. The only limit is your imagination.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: All materials are supplied and are for the participant to keep at the conclusion of the workshop: #10 Regular Oxford Punch Needle, a Morgan 12" non-slip embroidery hoop, a piece of Monks cloth that you will use to create your punch
needle masterpiece and all the yarn you need to complete your piece. (Note that the materials used in this workshop are of the highest quality and the value of the materials is more than $80).

Cost: $150

Afternoon Workshops (2.00pm-4.30pm)

Arty Crafty Rope and Basket Making with Sky Carter

Description: Sky shares her process of upcycling fabric and yarn scraps into ‘arty crafty’ rope and then coiling into colourful decorative baskets. Learning her rope making technique means you will be inspired to never throw away a scrap again. The rope can not only be made into baskets but also rugs, jewellery and wall art… the applications are only limited by your imagination. You will learn how to make the rope and start a basket.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: All materials are provided. Students may bring fabric or yarn scraps to upcycle.

Cost: $55

Fibre Prep and Drop Spindling with Sukrita

Description: Learn how to use hand carders to make fibre blends. We will be using raw wool, washed and scoured, as well as various tops and other fibres to make unique rolags. These rolags will then be spun on a top whorl drop spindle. No prior experience with spinning is necessary as all the basics will be covered.
You will learn: how to blend fibre using hand carders; how to spin your own leader to start spinning; pre-drafting fibre; spin using ‘park and draft’; manage twist to create a balanced single. At the end of the workshop, you will have created yarn from your unique fibre blend. Drop spinning is a portable and meditative practice, used since Neolithic times to make all kinds of thread. Yarn created in this way can be used in knitting, crochet or weaving.

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: All materials provided. Students will have the opportunity to purchase the hand carders and drop spindle after the workshop.

Cost: $65

The cancellation and refund policy for FibreX workshops can be found here.


All prices are per person, are in Australian Dollars and include GST.


FibreX is has a clear anti-discrimination and anti-racism policy. The policy is available here.


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  • Thanks for point that out Renee! I’ve fixed it now (that’s what I get for doing this late at night!)


  • Probably just a mistake somewhere, but I can’t see any cost for Sukrita’s workshop?


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