Creative Patchworking Workshop with Andrea Taylor

Discover the timeless skills of patchworking and how to apply them in a creative way to reduce and reuse your textiles.

You will be inspired by the different ways people have creatively made-do with their textile scraps in our new exhibition Necessity: waggas and the art of making do. Then work with artist Andrea Taylor from Bittern By The Bug to begin make your own patchwork fabric.

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Tickets are fully refundable or transferable if this session is rescheduled due to COVID-19 Restrictions.

About Andrea Taylor

Starting my stitching journey at a very early age, scavenging and saving fabric remnants became a normal part of my life. Being the only stitcher in my family, friends and neighbours donated scraps for stitching my best dressed dolls outfits, hence a life of make do, imagination and experimentation was established.

Later, after years sewing for my 3 children and tutoring, including 5 years as a Knitwit stretch sewing teacher, I reignited my love of recycling and op shop fossicking to feed my patchwork journey and obsession. This obsession I shared with students at my sewing school Bittern by the Bug for nearly 20 years in the Westernport hamlet of Bittern.

Whole quilts evolved from discarded textiles, curtain offcuts, and op shop finds, many years before this became a “thing” in the 21st century. To us it was a challenge and a creative approach to a craft that for many was financially out of reach. Amazing quilts, bags, table runners etc evolved in this way with highlights of big stitch hand quilting, giving individual, original and quirky results.

At this time my love of Japanese Sashiko stitching began, again using reclaimed textiles and transferring my own and traditional designs in the traditional Chaco paper pattern transfer technique. Using my make do doctrine, Perle thread and fabric ends were available so were used, now Sashiko thread is my preferred thread for many applications. Regular visits to Japan (before Covid19) to see my son who lives in Kyushu enables me to search for many different thicknesses and varieties of Sashiko threads.

Now recycling reclaimed textiles has become a way of life, stitching with, and on them, and even indigo dyeing them, using them in conjunction with beautiful modern Japanese natural fibre fabrics to give original results to my clothes and patchwork projects.

I continue sharing my passion for textiles and creating, busier than ever teaching and running workshops locally and interstate.

Stitching is my Life!


22 January 2022, 10:00 AM - 01:30 PM


  • National Wool Museum Wadawurrung Country, 26-32 Moorabool Street, Geelong 3220


  • Adult: $40.00


  • Change room facilities
  • First Aid available
  • Seating/viewing areas
  • Toilets available
  • Undercover areas
  • Wheelchair accessible


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Phone: 03 5272 4701

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