Advanced Wet Felting and Slow Stitching Workshop

Advanced Wet Felting and Slow Stitching Workshop   

Where: Saturday 6 July 2024 9.30 am – 4.00pm

Venue:  The Country Women’s Association, Umina 3 Lansell Rd Toorak

Immerse yourself in mindfulness and enjoy learning the art of Felting or Slow Stitching.

Come and enjoy a relaxing day with experienced CWA tutors Mary and Karen as they lead you into these fascinating crafts.

Both these classes emphasise the reuse of textiles and giving them a new lease of life.

Let’s do our bit to reduce the phenomenal amount of textiles that end up in land fill.

A great opportunity – both classes are running simultaneously so you can choose to work on one class all day or try your hand at both. Same cost!

Both classes will teach the basics of the techniques.

Cost:  $190.00 per participant


Option 1: Advanced wet felting – Nuno felting technique with Mary

Nuno felting is the art of felting onto fabric using a loosely woven fabric and pure merino wool tops.

Mary will show you the technique of wet felting onto a silk scarf, how to add highlights and interesting textures to make your scarf distinctly unique. Scarf provided.


Option 2:   Slow Stitching Picture with Karen

This workshop will show you how to create a piece of embroidered work suitable to be framed, used as a wall hanging, an insert into a quilt or a cushion cover.

Using a recycled base, Karen will show you how to create a unique design from small bits and pieces of fabric, trimmings and simple embroidery stitches. A kit with all your requisites will be provided.

Just bring yourself!

And there’s more! The workshop price also covers Morning/Afternoon Tea and a light lunch prepared by renowned CWA cooks.


Terms and Conditions

Workshop cost: $190 per person

Workshop cost includes:

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea catered for by renowned CWA cooks. Please advise if you have any food allergies.
  • Kits providing everything you need to complete your projects. However, please bring some sharp scissors.


Full payment required to secure your place.
Call reception on 9827 8971 to pay and secure your booking.


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

Maximum number of participants: 10 people in Options 1 and 2.

Note that CWA Victoria reserves the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of participants is not reached, in which case full refund of payments made will be given.



Sunday 18″ February 9.30 am – 4.00pm

Umina 3 Lansell Rd Toorak 3124

Dynamic dynamo, Marie Vassallo, presents a session on making jams, marmalade, sauces and pickles and guess what – everyone goes home with a jar of berry jam, marmalade, preserved lemons, bread and butter pickles and a bottle of sauce!!

Marie’s classes are dynamic as she has all these stories about members of her family and their love of good food and food preserving. 

Gained through her Maltese heritage and travels around the world.

Marie will assist you to make:

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Tomato Passata
  • Marmalade
  • Berry Jam
  • Pickles

Morning /Afternoon Tea and Lunch are provided.

Great value at $190.00 and you take home more than $50 worth of preserves.

Make your booking and payment now by calling   CWA of Victoria reception on 03 98278971.

Refunds if needed are available until 4.00pm Friday 9 February

Places are limited. 

State Photography Competition 2024

Winner of the Paula Pither Mills Perpetual Plaque for Photography in 2023: ‘Walter Peak Wheel’ by Rebecca Thorpe, Mount Macedon Moonlighters Branch, Central Highlands Group

All members, including juniors, are invited to enter the State Photography Competition. Entries are submitted as jpg digital files, by email. Please click the links below to download the Conditions of Entry and the forms:

Click here to download the 2024 State Photography Competition Conditions of Entry 

Click here to download the 2024 State Photography Competition Entry Form

Click here to download the 2024 Permission to Publish Form – Children

Click here to download the 2024 Permission to Publish Form – Adults


The topics for the 2024 State Photography Competition are:


Section 1

The Colour Purple

Section 2


Section 3

Back Alley / Laneway

Section 4

Disappearing Technology

Section 5

In a Row

Section 6

(a) ‘Tall’ and (b) ‘Short’ (set of two related photographs)

Section 7

For the Front Cover

Section 8

Panorama – Water scene

(Photo approximately 3:1 ratio width: height)

Entries close 5.00 pm Friday 26 April 2024.

2024 State Creative Arts Exhibition

2024 State Creative Arts Exhibition

Entries are now open for the 2024 State Creative Arts Exhibition. There are more than 260 different sections, so there will be one to suit every member! When you have studied the schedule fill in your entry forms and send them to the Entry Co-ordinator, Heather Scott. There are two Entry Forms:

  • State Exhibition Entry Form 2024 Handcrafts for entries in Sections 1-202.
  • State Exhibition Entry Form 2024 Home Industries for entries in Sections 203-266.

If you have more than 7-8 entries in either Handcrafts or Home Industries sections, there are Extra Entry Forms where you can fill in more entries, without having to repeat all the information on the main entry form:

  • State Exhibition Extra Entry Form 2024 Handcrafts for entrants with more than 7 entries in Sections 1-202.
  • State Exhibition Extra Entry Form 2024 Home Industries for entrants with more than 8 entries in Sections 203-266.

The entry forms are “fillable forms” – this means that you can open them on your computer and type directly into the boxes on the forms, and then save the completed form. You can also print out the form and handwrite, but please PRINT CLEARLY, scan your document as a .pdf file, and attach it to your email.

There are separate entry forms for the Group Exhibits, Sections 268-269 – these are issued to Group Presidents. If you cannot locate yours, email: : and copies will be emailed to you.

Entries close on Friday 19 July 2024.

Click here to download the 2024 State Exhibition Schedule

Click here to download the State Exhibition Entry Form 2024 Handcrafts  

Click here to download the State Exhibition Entry Form 2024 Home Industries 

Click here to download the State Exhibition Extra Entry Form 2024 Handcrafts 

Click here to download the State Exhibition Extra Entry Form 2024 Home Industries

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I send in my Entry Form?

This year, we are encouraging members to email their Entry Forms to the Entry Co‑ordinator, Heather Scott, at:

Of course, if you do not have access to email, you may post your Entry Forms. The address is on the Entry Forms.

How do I pay the Entry Fee?

The Entry Fee of $5 cash per individual member is payable when you deliver your entries, either to Toorak or Moe.

ALL HANDCRAFT ENTRIES – may only be delivered between 9.30 am and 4.00 pm, Monday to Thursday, to 3 Lansell Road Toorak, between Tuesday 25 June and Tuesday 30 July 2024. Or deliver directly to the Moe Town Hall, 69 Albert St., Moe, on Monday 5 August 2024 between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

If you are posting your entries to Head Office, please phone Head Office 9827 8971 to pay by credit card. Do not send stamps.

ONE WOMAN’S WORK, HOME INDUSTRIES AND GROUP ENTRIES must be delivered to the Moe Town Hall, 69 Albert St., Moe, on Thursday 8 August 2024 between 9.00am and 11.00am.

Do I have to win a prize in my Group Exhibition before I can enter the State Exhibition?

No, definitely not! Every member is welcome to enter the State Exhibition, whether or not they have ever entered a Group Exhibition.

Can I enter the same article that I entered in my Group Exhibition previously?

In general, yes. You can enter the same handcraft article, provided that it was completed within the past two years and has not been used or soiled. You can enter another jar from the same batch of preserves that you made for your Group Exhibition – but not the same jar, as it has been opened and tasted. You will need to make new entries in the cookery sections – they would be a bit stale otherwise!

Is my work good enough to be entered in the State Exhibition?

How will you know unless you try? Every entry in the State Exhibition receives a written comment from the judges, which is intended to give you feedback on your entry and encourage you to do better next time. Entering is a great learning experience, especially if you are able to visit the Exhibition and see your work on display, side by side with other members’ work.

Christmas Fare

Our Christmas Fares Across Victoria

Saturday 2nd December 2023
9.00am – 2.00pm
3 Lansell Road, Toorak

One of our largest events will be on Saturday 2 December, 9:00am – 2:00pm at 3 Lansell Road Toorak.  It is a great opportunity for you to come and enjoy choosing your Christmas Fare for your friends and family.  Old favourites including traditional Christmas cakes, puddings and shortbreads together with especially invited new stallholders comes together to offer you a morning of relaxed shopping.  Take time to wander through our gardens and enjoy the spirit of Christmas and enjoy a Devonshire Tea.   What a great place to start your Christmas shopping.  Raffle drawn at 2pm.  Don’t miss it.

If you live nearby to our offices at 3 Lansell Road, Toorak, you can ring and place a pre-order for collection on 2nd December during the Christmas Fare hours.  Place your orders now! Payment is required when you place your order.


Pre-orders also need to be prepaid when placing your order .
Orders open NOW and close Monday 24 November at 5:00pm
Orders to be collected on Saturday 2nd December.
Mastercard or Visa accepted.


Date: Sunday 24 December 2023

The Orbost Christmas Eve Festival is the highlight of the social calendar for residents and visitors to Orbost over the Christmas period. The festival occurs in the main street shopping precinct and provides displays by various local organisations such as the Orbost Branch of the CWA of Vic., SES, Coast Guard and Fire Brigade; games and rides such as jumping castles, merry-go-round and bucking bull; food and drinks including BBQ sausages, fairy floss, and popcorn; and stalls of locally made goods such as craft-work, jewellery, and honey. Best of all, the festival is free to all and starts at 6 pm with fireworks and the lilting sounds of a local choir singing joyous Christmas carols of course the CWA tried-and-true Christmas Cakes and Shortbread.  Thank you, Coles Supermarkets, for supporting our baking and the work we do with vulnerable women, children, and families within our communities.

For further information contact:
Rosemary Redden – 0477 777 836


Date: Saturday 9 December 2023

Time:  9:00am – 4:00pm

The Webconna Branch of the CWA of Vic have been busily baking Christmas treats to sell at their Christmas stall being held at Bunnings 306/312 Creswick Road, Ballarat.  Come and spread a little Christmas cheer and beat the Christmas baking – buy your Christmas goodies from us.  Thank you, Coles Supermarkets, for supporting our baking and the work we do with vulnerable women, children, and families within our communities.

For further information contact:
Isobel Freda –  0417 364 246


Wangaratta CWA Hall, Templeton Street, Wangaratta

Date:  Sunday 10 December 2023

Time:  10am – 1pm

Have you got Christmas wrapped up!  We can help you with our wonderful selection of baked Christmas goodies.  Including our tried-and-true Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Shortbread.  We’d love to wish you a Merry Christmas, so come along and see us. Thank you, Coles Supermarkets, for supporting our baking and the work we do with vulnerable women, children, and families within our communities.

You can also pre-order Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Shortbread until 22 November.  Call Barbara Ireland on mobile: 0419 396 695


Shepparton Uniting Church Hall, Fryers Street, Shepparton

Date:  Friday 8th December 2023

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

The members of the Eastern Goulburn Valley Country Women’s Association have heard a rumour that Christmas is coming, and Santa just loves to eat their Christmas Cake, Plum Pudding and Shortbread.  Better not disappoint him.  Head down and see us and fill your table with our Christmas goodies.  We’d love to see you and wish you a very Merry Christmas too.  Thank you, Coles Supermarkets, for supporting our baking and the work we do with vulnerable women, children, and families within our communities.

For more information contact:
Helen Sands – 0417 712 627

Richmond Area Open Garden Event


Saturday 28 October 2023, 10.30am – 1.00pm

University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus,

Address:  500 Yarra Blvd, Richmond between the Main Building and the

Student Amenities Building

UMINA BRANCH (South Yarra) will be serving a Devonshire Tea

CASH ONLY payment please. – NO Efptos available

If you have never been to the beautiful heritage-listed Burnley Gardens before, Saturday 28 October is the day to visit.  Enjoy the nine-hectare gardens which is home to nearly 1000 different species of plants including some of the oldest trees in Melbourne. 

It is located on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people and have evolved since the 1860s as a location for research and teaching.

Burnley Gardens will be selling plants to raise funds for flood victims. and Umina branch of The Country Women’s Association of Victoria, Inc will partner with them providing a Devonshire Tea at $15.00 per person, $12.00 for seniors.  Baked goods, jams and pickles will also be available for sale. 

For more information contact:

Yasmin Powers
0418 531 117

Port Fairy Open Garden Event

Port Fairy Open Garden Event

Saturday 28 October 2023, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue:  Senior Citizens Hall, Barclay Street, Port Fairy

ADMISSION $15 per person

Includes admission to hear Donna Ellis speak and a Devonshire Tea

CASH ONLY payment please. – NO Efptos available

Port Fairy is known for its 1800s architecture. Take a walk around the well-preserved centre and keep an eye out for the more than 50 buildings classified by the National Trust.  Located along The Great Ocean Road, it is a mecca for those who love beach environments. 

The CWA members of Port Fairy are presenting a 2-hour event with Guest Speaker, Donna Ellis who amongst other things is the author of ‘Sustainable Gardening for Dummies’. 

Donna has been in the industry for around 40 years, starting out in parks and gardens. In her career she has worked on council, with nurseries, garden maintenance, landscape and design, consulting, media and teaching. She enjoyed 12 years as the ‘resident gardening expert’ on ABC South West Victoria, is the author of Sustainable Gardening for Dummies and after over 22 years teaching horticulture, she has finally retired. (Sort of!)

These days she can be found speaking to various groups and organisations about how our changing climate effects our gardens, how we can garden sustainably to help maintain not only the health of our planet but our own health and wellbeing.  Her many talks are particularly aimed at older gardeners to help maintain fitness for gardening as we age.

In 2019, Donna was named Corangamite Shire Citizen of the Year for her involvement in promoting healthy communities in Timboon and district and is a trained Climate Reality Project presenter.

We hope you and your friends can come along for a fun-filled afternoon on gardening and how nurturing a garden can contribute to your well-being, not to mention having a fabulous CWA Devonshire Tea.  

For more information contact:

Kathie Sherriff
0439 001 411

Paynesville Open Gardens

Paynesville Open Gardens

Sunday 19 November 2023 Time: 10.00am – 3:00pm

ADMISSION $15 per person, to visit 1 or all 3 gardens

Devonshire Tea $8.00 per serve which includes a scone with jam & cream, tea or coffee

CASH ONLY – No Efptos available


LOCATED AT 57 MAIN ROAD, PAYNESVILLE.  Look for the woollen flowers adorning the building.  Each of the participating gardens you will be visiting will be flower bombed.  Everyone will commence at the RSL Hall where they will pay and collect wrist bands for entry into the listed gardens. 

Begin your gardening adventure wandering through the RSL garden.  Enjoy a Devonshire Tea of scones, jam, and cream costs $8.00 per person.  Other goods will be on sale including our new Thrifty Gardening Book.  From there, follow our ‘mud map’ to the 3 gardens that are open.


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

8 Marina Drive, Paynesville

  • Warm colours such as reds, yellows and rusty oranges are often featured in this mainly Australian Native Garden, set against plenty of green grasses, leaves or ferns. Rocks and rock pools can be incorporated, further adding to the natural and organic look of the garden.
  • On-street parking. No refreshments. No toilets


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

35 Canal Road, Paynesville

  • Some of the most prestigious gardens are to be found on the Paynesville Canals. This garden is no exception and shows how to make best use of a small area whilst retaining views of the canal.
  • No Toilet. On-street parking. No refreshments.


OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

4 King Street, Paynesville

  • A quirky garden with interesting garden art and sculptures.
  • No Toilet. Plenty of parking on vacant land next to this garden. No refreshments

For more information contact:

Robyn McKinley
0418 895 313

Otway Area Open Gardens

Otway Area Open Gardens

Sunday 19 November 2023 Time: 10.00am – 4:00pm

ADMISSION $15 per person, to visit 1 or all 3 gardens

CASH ONLY – at all Gardens

EFPTOS and cash at Brooke’s Garden

Start at any of the following gardens.

The Colac Otway Shire is a richly diverse area located two hours west of Melbourne. Colac Otway is one of the most picturesque municipalities in Victoria, covering a diverse area from volcanic lakes, craters and plains in the north, through the hinterland forests of the Otway Ranges to the Great Ocean Road coastline. Colac is the key industrial, commercial, and service centre for the shire and surrounding region with a population of 12,000. Apollo Bay is the other major urban centre with a permanent population of 1,000 that swells to more than 15,000 during the summer season.


OPEN 10.00am – 4.00pm

145 Everett Court, Barongarook West

  • Set on two acres, this sprawling garden features majestic trees, natives, massed plantings of everything imaginable and a productive food forest. With spectacular view over Lake Colac.  It is a beautiful place to meander around and enjoy the birds life and a few hidden surprises.  This garden will also host the Polwarth Group market stall filled with produce and plants.
  • This garden will host the Polwarth Group market stall filled with produce and plants for sale.
  • Toilet in house, extensive street parking,


OPEN 10.00am – 4.00pm

4 Banksia Drive, Eliminyt

  • Situated in the lovely town of Colac, visit this double block town garden that has a country theme which includes a variety of plants and roses. Wanter around dreaming up how to bring a little country into your own garden.  A CWA stall full of enticing items will be available at this garden.
  • Toilet in house, On-street parking.


OPEN 10.00am – 4.00pm

615 Colac Lavers Hill Road, Barongarook (off Wilson’s Road)

  • An established country property presenting a traditional country garden with mixed plantings that have been lovingly developed over the past 16 years. Sit on the verandah looking over the paddocks and enjoy a Devonshire tea dreaming of the country life or what to do next in your own garden.
  • Devonshire Tea available at this garden.
  • Toilet inside house, parking in paddock

For more information conact:

Lyn Harris
0408 539 109

Orbost Open Gardens

Orbost Open Gardens

Monday 21 October 2023, 10:00am – 3:00pm

ADMISSION $15 per person, to visit 1 or all gardens

Please see map of route and location of gardens when purchasing your ticket/s

Orbost Region is located on the delta of the Snowy River and is surrounded by the pristine natural beauty of several State and National Parks. It is within minutes of wild, un-spoilt beaches at Corringle, and is only a short drive away from the coastal community of Marlo which offers a wide range of ocean, river and estuarine activities.

Once a major timber hub, Orbost Region’s main role now is in the provision of support services for a broad ranging agricultural industry, as well as an expanding recreational tourism industry. 

You can purchase tickets at any of the 3 gardens listed here where you will receive a ‘mud map’.  Admission if $15.00 per person to visit 1, 2 or all three gardens.  CASH ONLY payment please. – NO Efptos available


OPEN 10:00am – 3:00pm

138 Huxters Road, Jarrahmond (Orbost)

  • 2-hectare farm garden. Fruit trees, roses, garden beds in flower and an abundance of beautiful birdlife.
  • Devonshire Tea being served here together with baked goods, preserves and CWA food and gardening books.
  • Plenty of off-road parking.   


OPEN 10:00am – 3:00pm

438 Jarrahmond Road, Jarrahmond (Orbost)

  • A professionally landscaped, 7-acre hobby farm garden. Tabatha and Kevin are avid gardeners who loves Australian native plants and fruit trees.
  • If a nice day, you can bring along your own food to eat.
  • Parking on roadside & driveway (before 2nd gate).
  • Toilets available in the farm-house.


OPEN 10:00am – 3:00pm

52 Salisbury Street, Orbost

  • Eclectic garden with loads of colour and plenty to see.
  • No Toilet. On-Street parking.

For more information conact:

Cherie Young
0408 191 857