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10am Wednesday – 4pm Thursday 19-20 February 2020

3 Lansell Road Toorak 3142

Class size: maximum 12 participants

This retreat is for members only

Enjoy two days full of stitching as you learn the basic techniques of Blackwork Embroidery, and make a small project. Blackwork is a centuries-old embroidery technique which is undergoing exciting new developments and innovative expressions. Based on outlines and “fill” or repeating patterns, traditionally it was mainly worked in black silk on white linen, sometimes embellished with gold thread. Today, some designers use other colours of thread and fabric, and use fill patterns with heavier or lighter effects to create shading and contrast in their designs.

Our tutor, Penny Wolswinkel, has studied at the UK Royal School of Needlework, and is a member of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria. She has won the Eliason Trophy for the best exhibit in Embroidery at the State Creative Arts Exhibition several times.

Retreat cost:

$185 per person plus accommodation cost:

Retreat cost includes:

  • 2 lunches, 1 dinner, morning and afternoon teas catered for by renowned CWA cooks. Please advise if you have any food allergies.
  • A kit providing everything you need to complete your embroidery. However, please bring some sharp embroidery scissors.

Full payment required to secure your place.


Accommodation and breakfast is available at CWA of VIC Umina B&B, a beautiful home in leafy Toorak.

Single rooms cost from $60 per night and twin share rooms from $95 per room per night. En suite rooms are available at additional cost.


  • Payments are refunded, less 20%, if cancellation is made 14 days or more before the retreat.
  • No refund is possible if cancellation is made less than 14 days before the retreat.