Workshops

Our business has transitioned to provide online workshops as well as our traditional face-to-face workshops in our studio. The same tutors with the same care and passion will come through to a device at your place!

Our workshops cater for beginners right through to more advanced makers. Workshops are taught by enthusiastic, talented tutors who have a real heart for their craft and a passion for teaching. Class sizes are kept small so that everyone receives individual attention and no one get “lost in the crowd”.

“Wow – thank you. I didn’t have any faith in my own ability but with your wonderful patience and guidance, I am so happy with how it (my ottoman) has come together. I am still on a high!”

Tara

Life is not how it used to be! As a business that strongly endorses human connection and the value of making, we have been highly motivated to “fill the gap” after suspending our face to face workshop program. We are thrilled to be launching our online workshops! Numbers will be kept small to help maintain a good sense of connection and so that everyone receives individual attention while learning new skills. You are invited to join us……..from the comfort of your own home, let your hands play and your heart sing!!
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Online Workshops

This is what people are saying

I participated in my first online lampshade workshop with Julie and it was just like being with her in person.

I knew from previous experience that Julie is a superb teacher and I wasn’t sure how it would translate in an online environment where she couldn’t see my progress in as much detail.

The instructions had been sent through in advance, so I could refer to them when needed, but it wasn’t necessary at all as I could clearly see Julie demonstrating and ask questions as needed.  When I needed support I held the lampshade closer to the camera and she made appropriate suggestions.

I’d highly recommend an online workshop with Ministry of Handmade as it’s so easy to do from your own home.

I will definitely be doing more in the future.  The only thing missing was Maurice’s delicious morning tea.

Siobhan

I completed an Online Lampshade class with Julie and 3 other ladies on Sunday afternoon.  Julie and Maurice could not have made it easier in collecting the hardware, it was all prepared in a bag for me just to collect.  They have a great range of fabrics on hand to choose from also.

The instructions were clear in regard to downloading the IT platform. I pre read all the notes and prepared everything before hand.  This did help me throughout the course as it helped me understand the basics on creating a lampshade.

Between watching Julie online and reading the notes it was extremely easy to follow.  Any and all questions were answered and you didn’t feel rushed at any point.

The lampshade was a success and now I have no hesitation in creating one on my own. I would definitely recommend the courses that Julie and Maurice from Ministry of Handmade offer.

Denise

Private Lessons

We love teaching one-on-one in private lessons. Private lessons may be the right option for you if…..

  • you are not able to make our workshop dates work for you
  • working in a group is not your style
  • you have a specific type of project
  • you are keen to get a project finished on a timeline
Some of the projects, students have completed in private lessons include:
  • Reupholstering a blanket box
  • Dressmaking
  • Making lampshades
  • Stitching cushion covers
  • Covering ottomans
  • Starting a quilt
  • Learning the basics of sewing
  • Mastering zips
  • Recovering dining room chairs
Contact us to find a time that suits us all and let’s get started!
Private lesson charges are as follows:
Sewing and Lampshade making: $55 per hour
Upholstery: $60 per hour
If two people come together to work on the same or similar project: $80.00 per hour
Consumables and materials costs are added as applicable.

“Loved my private lesson with Julie today. I learnt new skills to take onto my next projects, and brushed up on skills I had learnt years ago. Can’t wait to do my next lessons with Ministry of Handmade.”

Sue

Dates available for private lessons

Weekdays we are available from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Some weekend time slots are available too. Please email us to check availability.

Private Events

“My baby shower was one of the most memorable afternoons I’ve had. We created a beautiful cot quilt that I will cherish forever. The memories we made and the love that was sewn into it makes it a ‘must grab in case of fire’ item.

Beck

Get your friends together to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, bridal shower, baby shower or just to hang out together and have fun.

Private events give you the flexibility to select a date and project that suits you either from our range of workshops or an idea of your own.

Please contact us to discuss your options.

We can host your private event at our Brisbane studio, or if you are outside Brisbane and have a suitable space we can come to you.

On the road

The country NSW Road Trip was fun!

A huge thank you to all the wonderful creative people we had the pleasure of meeting on the trip and a special thank you to the people that hosted and cared for us along the way. Our itinerary took us to:

  • Goondiwindi
  • Mungindi
  • Moree
  • Tamworth
  • Quirindi
  • Uralla
  • Sawtell

 


 

“Maurice and Julie, thanks for travelling to share your knowledge with us, we all had such a fabulous afternoon. Please come back again.”

Clare

We love getting out on the road and meeting makers in other locations…..spreading the joy of handmade, teaching skills and building confidence!

We will travel to you
If you live in area outside of Brisbane, why not get in touch to see what we can do for you and your friends? We usually teach lampshades in these sessions but it may be possible to cover other projects. As you can imagine, some conditions will apply.

Places we’ve been

  • Beaudesert and Boonah, QLD
  • Blue Mountains, NSW
  • Chinchilla, QLD
  • Dirranbandi, QLD
  • Goondiwindi, QLD
  • Hannaford, QLD
  • Injune, QLD
  • Jamberoo, NSW
  • Miles, QLD
  • Moree, NSW
  • Mungindi, NSW
  • Quirindi, NSW
  • Roma, QLD
  • Sawtell, NSW
  • Tamworth, NSW
  • Toowoomba, QLD
  • Uralla, NSW