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

2023 Festival of Gardens

Open Gardens

The Country Women’s association of Victoria was formed in 1928 and today has over 4,000 members. We’re a vibrant, not-for-profit organisation of women supporting women, children and families right across Victoria.
Members and Friends will open their gardens and welcome visitors. By supporting us you enable us to continue the work we do within our local community.

The Event


Throughout the State of Victoria, some CWA members and friends will be showcasing their Gardens for you to explore and enjoy. Gardens will be open between 15 October to 20 November. Most will be open on a specific Saturday or Sunday or both days whilst others may hold a weekday event.

Most gardens will be open between 10am – 4pm.
Please check our website for details on the nearest garden/s that you can visit which are near you. We strongly urge you to check

Along with discovering interesting and beautiful private gardens, some will be serving Devonshire Teas; or selling plants or light refreshments at an additional cost. There may also be the opportunity to purchase our much-loved jams, preserves and pickles. Each branch will have its own unique offerings throughout the day.

Entry is $15.00 per person to visit a minimum 1 garden to a maximum of 3 gardens within a location.

In early October 2023 a list of gardens will be available via the CWA of Victoria website & Facebook.

Gardens and Events to visit across Victoria.

Beulah     CLICK HERE

High Country    CLICK HERE

Orbost area    CLICK HERE

Omeo Area     Information to Come

Otway Area     CLICK HERE

Paynesville Area   CLICK HERE

Port Fairy     CLICK HERE

Richmond     CLICK HERE

Tallangatta    CLICK HERE

Members come and volunteer at the 2023 Melbounre Royal Show

CWA of Victoria Members – Volunteer now!

Are you looking for an opportunity to benefit from Volunteering?

Now is the time to get your name in to volunteer in the CWA cafeteria at Melbourne  Royal Show.

Between Monday 18th September to Monday 2nd October 2023.

We are thrilled to be part of the Melbourne Royal’s 175 anniversary this year. There are so many members who haven’t had a chance to be part of the team to run this State Event. This year could be your first!

Helping at the show is unlike anything else we do; it is a rewarding atmosphere and there is a lot of joy in being part of the team that runs our largest fundraiser every year. 

 All sorts of jobs available, come and met old friends or make new ones, it’s fun, tiring at times but fun, and with a great sense of achievement. Not all positions require cooking experience, and it’s important that you understand that roles are flexible, and we take turns helping in the busy areas.

 You do need to pack very comfortable supportive shoes, as you’ll be on your feet most of the day.

Accommodation is available at Umina. Meals are also provided.

You may say the dates you are available and your preferred area to work in, but I plan to be in touch with each one so I can have a spread of volunteers over the dates, and I will do my best to match your interests with our needs.

Bump-in and Bump-out are the technical terms for setting up and packing up!

Check your Working with Children card as you will need the number and expiry date to complete the form.  Applying for a Working with Children check is easy online if you don’t already have one.

Volunteer Now!

The Volunteer form is available on the Member section of the website

If you need member login details these are in the January 2023 posting or contact your Branch Secretary.

Login details can also be obtained by contacting Robyn Smith, Member Services Administrator, at (03) 9827 8971 or .

Fill in the form on the members section and email or post it. (Addresses on the form.)

If you would like to have more information or have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Viv Speight