Having to be on your own for any length of time is hard work. We wanted to provide an opportunity for those who find themselves in this position to participate in our online workshops at a reduced price.
If you have been directed to isolate at home or you must go into quarantine (at home or in a facility) you can receive a 50% discount on our online workshops.
To receive the discount you will need to provide a medical certificate or copy of the directive from your State Health Department/Ministry indicating that you are required to isolate. It needs to include your name and your desired workshop needs to fall within 5 days before or after the dates that you are required to isolate/quarantine.
Get in touch with us to find out more.
Until then stay safe.
As we run more an more online workshops and private lessons, we are finding that there a lot of pleasant advantages to this delivery mode and we wanted to share them with you.
You can learn in the comfort of your own home, we’ve had students snuggled up on the couch, professionally setup at their work from home desks, cleverly tucked away in their crafting corner or bolstered by pillows in their comfy beds!
Tardiness is avoided because you don’t have to plan your public transport trip, or juggle travel time and parking, then finding the venue. It’s never been easier to avoid being late to class.
While we’re all further apart, this delivery method means we’ve never been closer! By using multiple cameras you get to see what your teacher is doing in different ways. See your teacher like she’s at your kitchen table, or view what she’s doing as if you were peering right over their shoulder.
You can access new support, you still have your detailed handouts and we’re adding more video references on YouTube. During class we can share more references during discussions.
With our teacher and host model for workshops it’s focused and allows you to engage with teachers and the other participants. We have a host who liaises throughout the class via the chat, relaying questions without interrupting the teacher’s audio.
The teachers of Thread Den are making fabric face masks for their loved ones and also selling them:
- Amy Macdonald – crochet and sewing teacher; via instagram.
- Amy S – now in sunny Queensland; via website – olasol.
- Alannah – now a school art teacher; via Etsy – The House of Arax.
- Danielle – Thread Den owner; fancy ‘going out masks’ via online store.
- Jenni – sewing and drafting teacher; bulk corporate orders (50+). Contact her via her email.
- Meagan – sewing teacher; via instagram.
Or Sew Your Own Simple Face Mask:
You can check out our video making face masks.
Get the free pattern we used from Birch Creative.
Check out Victoria State Government for advice on supplies and instructions to make a rectangular cloth mask.
A lovely little list of yarn stores located in Victoria – because we want to support our local craft family during these crazy COVID times. This is a shorter repost from a journal entry made back in 2018 – read it in full here.
Some of the accessories are seriously swoon worthy
We love the value of their 200g balls
They stock our favourite Clover Amour hooks and loads of other brands at very good prices
Really interesting and unique yarns available here
Make sure you check out the Good Stuff section on their website
Mail orders available via email
Super cool t shirt yarns!
Located on The Peninsula in Hastings.
If you live near Brunswick East you can get your yarn delivered by bicycle
Possibly the biggest range in Australia
Range focuses on natural and sustainable fibres
Was selling via eBay – moving to an online store
They can create a custom worsted yarn from your fibre!
The well organised online store is a dream to find your way in
Free shipping on orders over $50
Lots of free patterns from their own exclusive designs
There are heaps of their own pattern downloads available at great prices
A fellow Fitzroy neighbourhood friend – Note now online only
1/2/4/8 PLY yarn specialist
We have started offering online workshops! This week we added a whole new class to our line up – How to Use Your Sewing Machine.
We know that people often buy machines but things don’t go to plan and sometimes that shiny new machines doesn’t make it out of the box. Or, those bird’s nest threads underneath your fabric and other things that go wrong were just too much frustration – we get it and we’re here to help. This newest workshop is a 2 hour workshop to give you the confidence to start to play around on your new sewing machine.
Check out this new workshop and our other online classes – click here.
Watch it on YouTube – click here.
We’ve put together a video to help with making face masks. We’ve kept it simple so you can make these for yourself and your family.
We used this pattern from Birch Creative – click here.
The face mask made in the video is from a pillow case. The high thread count makes for a good tight weave fabric and this was a cotton poly-blend. Also we opted for three layers of fabric. For extra options on the ties, we popped two ties on each side. We couldn’t decide if ties around the back of the head or behind the ears was most comfortable, so we’ve allowed for both options.
Victoria State Government advice on supplies and instructions to make a rectangular cloth mask – click here.
Metropolitan Melbourne is going back into lockdown for six weeks and Thread Den will be postponing all group workshops.
It is possible to have one-on-one private lessons and our video chat lessons are available – read about those here.
All students currently enrolled in classes will receive a cancellation notice and then a transfer notice. With 50+ workshops currently in our timetable, it will take a day or two to work through these notifications.
Join the revolution… many of us are incorporating our pyjamas in our everyday wardrobe. Our love of loungewear has grown super strong in lockdown! So take your favourite PJs pattern and choose a tizzy fabric, then wear them with a blazer and heels!
Check out out Pyjama Pants pattern – click here. It’s unisex, has pockets, a separate waistband and slight boot leg shape (also with a boxers variation).
If you are looking for ways to unwind, relax, make the stress of your day stop, crochet or knitting could be your hobby. Let our teachers Lorena and Amy show you how these handcrafts encourage imagination and develop your artistic side. Stimulate the logical part of your brain, distract the chatty bit in the back and calm yourself with these creative therapies.
“Spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood, and depression. Activities that get you out and about can make you feel happier and more relaxed. Group activities like team sports can improve your communication skills and relationships with others.”
Read more from Head Health a resource from the Australian Government – click here.