Makers Escape

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Drink in the mountain air and be refreshed.

Our first ever Makers Escape will be in Montville from 19-21 May 2017.

Montville is a small town at the heart of the creative community that is the Blackall Range. Situated in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Montville is a 90 minute drive from Brisbane CBD.

Our two venues for Makers Escape Montville are both on the picturesque Montville Village Green – the heritage-listed Montville Village Hall built in 1903 and the adjacent St Mary’s Church Hall.

Pack your bags!

Ever since we founded Ministry of Handmade over four years ago, we have dreamed of creating a live-away event…an event where people can leave behind the cares of their every day and nurture their creative spirits, where they can celebrate slow, immerse themselves in making, learn new skills, enjoy great food and make new friends.

What can you expect at Makers Escape Montville?

  • A great range of exciting handmade workshops
  • Dedicated time to work on your own project if you wish
  • Talented tutors with a heart for sharing their craft
  • A loving community of like-minded people
  • A space to immerse yourself in making
  • An environment to refresh your body, mind and spirit
  • Refreshingly cool autumn weather and clean air
  • A culture of slow
  • Games and laughter
  • Fresh, nourishing and delicious meals
  • Optional early morning walk

Our program

Friday 19 May

12:30pm Welcome and orientation
1:00pm Workshop Session 1
5:00pm Free time
6:30pm Dinner and evening program with guest speaker Cath Derksema

Saturday 20 May

9:00am Workshop Session 2
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Workshop Session 3
5:00pm Free time
6:30pm Dinner and evening program

Sunday 21 May

7:00am Optional walk
10:00am Workshop Session 4
2:00pm Closing session

Our Workshops

We are excited to bring you such a first class array of tutors . . . a combination of internationally recognised artisans and local makers who are excelling at their craft. We are thrilled that you’ll go home not only with new skills but a great selection of items that you have made with your own hands over the weekend.

We have worked hard to put together a diverse range of workshops and fun activities that will feed you on many levels.

Creative Stitching

Stitch Sensational Designs

By Cath Derksema

Cath Derksema from “Prints Charming” and “The Happenstore” in Sydney is a creative textile designer, artist and businesswoman with years of fabulous experience that she generously shares with fellow makers.


Make a drum or empire shade

By Julie Hillier

Julie has helped hundreds of people make lampshades. Come along and learn the tips and tricks that professionals use.

Resin Bangles

Stunning wrist bangles!

By Debbie Price

Debbie from Uniquely Deborah is legendary across Australia in the resin bangle world. Learn and create amazing jewellery from the best!

Botanical Watercolour

Create soothing plant illustrations

By Cass Deller

Cass Deller of “Cass Deller Designs” is a graphic artist, specialising in watercolour illustrations. Operating from her studio on the Sunshine Coast her work embodies a bright and beautiful energy that she injects into every design and illustration she creates.

Basket Coiling

Ancient art - Contemporary feel

By Rene Bahloo

Rene travels the world studying the ancient art of weaving. A renowned fibre artist, Rene runs the Weavery on the Sunshine Coast. Come and grab some coiling contentment!


Wall hanging

By Jodie Townsend

Jodie from Creative Bowerbird regularly teaches macrame on the Sunshine Coast and her workshops sell out quickly. Her beautiful work is highly sought after.

Wood Block Printing

Fabric block printing

By Vicki Howlett

Vicki from “Blockopedia” will take you through the basic skills of wood block printing on to a range of fabrics. She has travelled extensively in India learning traditional methods of block printing.

Resin Art

Creative Art Pieces

By Debbie Price

Debbie Price from “Uniquely Deborah” is legendary across Australia in the resin art world. Learn and create amazing some amazing art from the best!

Block Quilting

Modern crazy experimental fun

By Cat Demack

Cat Demack (aka “Hellofromcat”) is a modern quilter extraordinaire. With a strong following on social media her designs and projects surprise and delight.

String Baskets

Fabulous crocheted baskets

By Lauren Weier

Lauren Weier is Ministry of Handmade’s crochet guru. Working with beautiful chunky string, learn the basics of creating storage containers with texture!

Brush Script

Elegant and beautiful script art

By Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly, the leader of Brisbane Hand Lettering, has the expertise and the artistic ability to help you create some amazing script art.

Recycled Jeans Apron

Repurpose with a purpose

By Jane Milburn

Jane Milburn will help you recycle your old denim into a beautiful and functional apron. Jane is a sustainability consultant who heads up “Textile Beat”. She is a natural fibre and recycling advocate.

Your Own Project

Special time to work on your own

By You

Work on that special project without the distractions of “life as normal”. Bring along your creative masterpiece and schedule one, two, three or four sessions to make the progress you need.

The Makers Escape Package

The package price
The Makers Escape Package is $749* plus accommodation.

Included in the package price are:

  • Four workshop sessions
  • All meals and drinks including alcoholic drinky-poos with Friday and Saturday evening dinners
  • Morning and afternoon teas
  • Evening activities
  • Optional Sunday morning walk

*The price may be reduced by $50 per workshop session if you choose to work on your own project at one, two, three or four of the workshop sessions. For example, if you worked on your own project for all four sessions it would reduce the package price by $200.

We have pre-booked accommodation in a range of beautiful holiday homes, cabins and units in the surrounding area with options to suit everyone’s budget. We have five accommodation options ranging from a four-share in a cabin through to your own room with ensuite. Accommodation prices range from $90 to $140 per night. You can choose to arrange your own accommodation if you wish.


Registrations for Makers Escape Montville are closed 🙁


Your Total Package Price will depend on the type of accommodation you choose and whether you choose to work on your own project at any of the sessions. The deposit of $249 is due when you complete the registration form. The balance of the Total Package Price will be split into two payments; the timing of these payments will be split between the time you pay the deposit and two weeks before Makers Escape Montville. We will contact you with these details after you have registered.