COVID affected enrolments
Looking for activities in isolation or quarantine?
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.
The pleasant findings from our online workshops:
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.
All workshops suspended
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.
Calming, creative & soulful skills
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.
Workshop phased reopening
After a lonely ten weeks of shutdown, Thread Den is finally getting back into the workshop!
Making a COVID-SAFE workshop:
The footprint of the workshop allows for Thread Den to have 26 people onsite, or 13 in each workroom and maintain physical distancing regulations. New protocols have also been introduced covering cleaning, the approach to teaching and the introduction of loads of sanitiser and disinfectant.
Danielle, Thread Den’s owner explained:
“Our biggest change and an exciting improvement was changing our sewing workroom to now house six individual sewing stations. They are 4x4metres and are each kitted out with their own sewing machine, an overlocker, a steam generator iron, shears, sewing kits and all the required tools for a class.”
An investment has been made to create a space that is achieving social distance regulations, but still feels nurturing to students and providing every support possible while they learn to sew. Past students and Thread Den’s members will see many more tools, new appliances, machinery and furniture. New protocols to establish a COVID-Safe workshop have been implemented and there has been a reduction in the maximum class size from 8 down to 6 students for all workshops.
You can take a peek at the ongoing progress on our Instagram.
Not everything kicks off at the same time, read on for details of the phased workshop schedule for June, July and August…[Read more…] about Workshop phased reopening
How do video lessons work?
Perhaps you have seen that we are offering private video lessons and you are wondered how video lessons could work for you?
Here is the start of a lesson plan developed for a student making a pair of pants:
Lesson 1 (60 minutes)
Homework – cutting out pattern pieces and preparing fabric.
Lesson 2 (60 minutes)
- folding fabric
- placing down pattern pieces
- discussing cutting technique and pattern markings
Homework – cutting out fabric
Lesson 3 (60 minutes)
- fusing interfacing
- discussing finishing options
- how to thread machine
- making machine adjustments and stitching remnants to check settings
Homework – finishing identified edges
This student has sent through the details of their pattern and they’d like 60 minute video lessons held daily.
When would you like to learn?
Depending on how much time you have and how regularly you would like your lessons, they could be: one a day, one a week, or even one in the morning and one in the afternoon to really smash out a project!
We have suspended our Workshops for 4 weeks, but we have all our lovely teachers who can give private lessons.
For any enquiries about private lessons, email us info @ threadden.com
20 March Covid19
We have today decided to suspend our current timetable for four weeks.
All adult workshops will be rescheduled for four weeks time.
The school holiday program will be rescheduled for the June/July school holidays.
While we can maintain the 4 metre square directive for indoor gatherings, people have been asked to avoid unnecessary travel which means our students shouldn’t be travelling to our venue.
We are offering video private lessons and you can read more here.