2019 Workshop Presenters

Meet our Workshop Presenters for 2019


Carmen Taylor






Carmen has been working with threads for many years as a micromacrame artist, self taught with the yearning soulful passion to create. After a year in South America, with various inspirations along the way, she took her art to a new level. Working with 1mm & 0.5mm threads to knot for hours she creates intentional pieces of wearable art. She incorporates gemstones, beads, wood, sacred geometry, numerology & meditation practices into her creations.



Eva-Maria Steinkamp

I started young with some yarn and knitting needles. My passion for textiles motivated me to get a textile design degree in Germany, majoring in knitwear. Since immigrating to Australia, I’ve worked for a number of years in the knitwear industry, designing knitwear for a company in Melbourne before setting out on my own. Now I’m experimenting with knitting stitches and design hand knits that are colourful and innovative. Two of my knitting pattern have been published in Yarn magazine.


Gail Grunske






I love life /colour/design/texture but most of all fun. My work is bright, colourful, bold vibrant and exciting .Creating wearables with natural elements cotton/silk/wool and water is my passion


Jane Little

Crafty Jane is a visual artist and designer who fell in love with crochet when first laying eyes on the baby blanket made by her grandmother in the 70’s. She has many years experience teaching crochet and other yarn crafts to others. “I love all things yarn, I live to work with colour and texture, and I love witnessing and creating space for the creativity of others.”


Jenai Hooke






Jenai Hooke is an artist and teacher with a commitment to keeping the ancient crafts alive. Her passion for natural fibres, plant dyes and textile art spans 4 decades. Regular workshops are held from her Eudlo studio on all aspects on natural dyeing including Indigo which she now grows in her ever expanding dye garden.


Jivan Leela

Innovative artist/artisan/creatrix with a passion for using recycled & unexpected materials to create fun and inspiring pieces, all the while, respecting this beautiful planet we live on by using preloved resources.


Jodi Tainton






I am an extreme knitter with a passion for light weight fibres and fabrics that work in the Australian environment. I have my own range of linen yarn and extreme knitting needles that I have designed and produced myself. If you want to work on a larger scale, my class is for you.


Lynda Tomkins






Lynda has been crocheting since she was 6 having been taught by her Mother. She recently completed her Masters of Advanced Crochet Stitches & Techniques with the Crochet Guild of America and conducts regular workshops at her shop Crochet Australia. She makes blankets, clothing, jewellery, gloves and stocks, baskets and bags.


Pauline Amor

Pauline is a Textile artist who works and teaches from her home studio in Mooloolah. She started making her own clothes from age 10 and has always had a love of fabric and design. Her latest passion is working with Silks and beading. She teaches Textile basket making and Beading around cabochons. She also has some exciting, upcoming workshops.


Renate Kirkpatrick

I have crocheted as far back as I can remember. From 2002, as crochet made a huge resurgence & increased in popularity, I was encouraged to share my knowledge in Traditional, Tunisian, Jacquard, Crochenit & Freeform techniques which led to workshops & classes across the Sunshine Coast. I now live in Landsborough, Qld, where I’ve set up a workroom & hold classes & workshops.


Rosemary Mitchell

Rosemary is a Fibre Artist living in the Hinterland for over 30 years. She gives frequent Needle Felting Workshops in Maleny. Needle Felting is a wonderfully versatile, dry felting, sculptural technique which she is excited to share with you. She creates unique, eco-friendly: Gifts, Art dolls and Waldorf toys for sale at her online Store.


Sarah Price





Sarah runs online knitting boutique Say! Little Hen and is the Editor of Yarnologie Magazine. She has been knitting since childhood and believes that knitting shouldn’t be a stressful experience. With the right techniques it’s easy to achieve beautiful knitting results no matter the project. Fair Isle knitting is a favourite and makes it’s way into many of Sarah’s designs.


Steve Lyons





Steve is an experienced artist and instructor of Needle Felting as well as polymer clay. He has conducted workshops throughout South East QLD in wool outlets as well as private homes. Always includes lots of fun and chatter into his sessions.


Tracy Lewis

Eco Artist and child specialist art teacher. Has been exploring the art of weaving and basket making using natural fibres and invasive weed vines . Experienced using the weed vine Cats Claw, to create long lasting and useful baskets for garden and indoor use.

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