Makers Escape

Makers Escape 2017-06-07T16:00:02+10:00




Drink in the mountain air and be refreshed.

Our first ever Makers Escape was 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 were both on the picturesque Montville Village Green – the heritage-listed Montville Village Hall built in 1903 and the adjacent St Mary’s Church Hall.

Makers Escape Montville 2018

It’s on! Want to be “in the loop” for the next Makers Escape??

Complete the 2018 Information Form

What can you expect at the next 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 2017 Program

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 
Included in the package are:

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

Accommodation is included as an optional add-on to the Makers Escape Package. Once accommodation options have been finalised we will publish them here. You can also choose to arrange your own accommodation if you wish.


Registrations for Makers Escape Montville 2017 are closed 🙁 but Makers Escape Montville 2018 registrations will be open soon.



View photos of our very first Makers Escape at Montville in our gallery.

> Makers Escape Gallery


Makers Escape Montville 18-20 May 2018

It was so much fun and the feedback has been brilliant . . . so yes, we are doing it all again in 2018! 

Keep up to date
If you’d like to be kept up to date with all the news about Makers Escape Montville 2018 please add your name to our Information List form (below).

What does this mean?
We will send you updates from time to time with sneaky snippets of what Makers Escape Montville 2018 will entail. It also means we will send you a notice when the registrations for the event are ready, before we make any announcements on social media. Adding your name to this list does not commit you in any way to attending the the event.