Advanced Wet Felting & Slow Stitching Workshop

Advanced Wet Felting and Slow Stitching Workshop   

Where: Sunday 29th October 9.30 am – 4.00pm

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

All Welcome!

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.


Members $130.00
Non-Members $150.00

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:

$130 per person (members); $150 per person (non-members)

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.


  • 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 8. 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.

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

Members start preparing for our State Festival of Gardens

The CWA State Festival of Gardens is an event where every member, branch and group can come together to celebrate a love of all thing’s gardens and gardening.  Whether you wish to highlight and open a number of gardens in your area or just one or don’t open any gardens and have a plant sale, a luncheon with your local nurseryman, a planting day every can participate.  You are only limited by your imagination.   We would like this festival to be all encompassing; to inspire people to come and participate and have a wonderful day and of course raise valuable funds for our Association and your own branch/group. 

Things to Do

  • After talking to your branch/group members, organise a dedicated small committee to ensure you achieve what you wish to do.
  • When you have decided what you wish to do, nominate a date – any day/s between 15 October and 20 November 2023. You might like to do more than 1 day – perhaps 2.
  • Ensure the gardens you have chosen are available and any other elements of the day are booked and confirmed.
  • Complete the CWA of VIC Festival of Gardens Registration Form and email it to The earlier we receive your information the sooner we can assist you to advertise your event.
  • Ensure you book the use of an EFPTOS machine with your branch/group financial institution.
  • As soon as is practical draw up a roster so members can diarise dates and tasks they need to do prior, during and after your event.
  • Order early your CWA books and tea towels if you are selling. One of the best books for sale will be the Thrifty Gardening Book which is sensational for not only growing tips but also what to do with the overflowing produce hall that comes from growing your own fruit and vege.
  • Start to develop your advertising strategy and get it organised early for printing. Where are you going to advertise that the event is on?  How are you going to do this – via news print; radio; dropping information at your community centre, local shops etc.  Don’t be shy – get the message out.      
    • The festival has flyers and other material we would like you to use
  • No matter if you are opening 1 or several gardens, the Admission fee is $15.00 per person – this fee is payable to the Association for our Special Projects Fund. Any other funds raised are retained by Branch/Group. 
    • Exception: Where gardens are not opened (thus no admission fee charged) and the Branch/Group are undertaking another form of ‘gardening activity’ then, 20% of the total funds raised are to be remitted to the Association.

Next step

We ask you to complete the Registration Form together with information about each garden/s you are opening and return to Joanne Alderman no later than 20 August 2023.

The Registration material 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 .

Please return by email to by 20th August 2023.
For all questions/queries please contact Joanne Alderman Chairperson AG &E on 0419 320 934 or email