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Thread+Colour 2 and KPC Yarn Pop-Up in Sydney

If you are in Sydney Saturday, May 20 please pop into the Thread+Colour 2 and KPC Yarn opening events. There will be daily workshops, textile artworks and yarn for sale during the 10 days that I will be in Sydney… May 19 – 28, 2017 during Wool Week Australia

See details below:
3:30pm – 5:30pm.
Join us as Jacquline Fink, Meredith Gaston, Julie Gibbs and Indira Naidoo talk about the healing power of stitching, growing and creating in our daily lives. There is a $15 entrance fee that goes to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and tickets can be purchased here 

5:30pm – 7:30pm
We invite you to stay on and celebrate the opening of our textile exhibition Thread+Colour 2 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Enjoy bubbly and nibbles in the company of several of our artists.

Look forward to seeing you all. xx

Image credit: The super talented Liz Payne 




Jasmine Mansbridge – Painting Workshop Hong Kong


Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 6.02.34 PMIn March 2017 we are hosting a hands-on class taught by one of Australia’s emerging artists. Learn the basic painting technique used for Jasmine Mansbridge’s ‘Three Point Portal’ (triangle) installations to create your own work on balsa wood.
To coincide with Hong Kong Art Basel, and while she will be contributing her unique touch for a mural at eicó paints throughout the fair, Australian artist Jasmine Mansbridge is coming to Mirth to take some classes for those beginner or experienced painters interested in expanding their skills.
This two-hour class will be used as a pivot point for a discussion on dimension, and you will learn all the colour-mixing tricks you will need. Reservation required. Register here. Pieces from the workshop can be kept and taken home on the day. Participants must be 12 years and older. All materials supplied.
For more information on Jasmine’s work, or if you would like to order a copy of her book, There is a Paintbrush in my Coffee, in the lead-up to the class, please visit Jasmine will next be exhibiting at Sydney’s Koskela in early March 2017. The artist will also be participating in an intimate talk about practicing her art at her home where she lives with her husband and five children. 


Juggling Art Practice and Family Life – in conversation with Jasmine Mansbridge at eicó paints

Date –  March 23 –

Time –  TBC

Venue – eicó, Evergreen Industrial Mansion 2B, 12 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Tel: 5367 6716



Workshop Details at Mirth 

Date – March 23 – 10am – noon ( Participants must be 12 years and older) 

            March 25 – 1pm – 3pm ( Participants must be 12 years and older) 

            March 25  – Children’s class 3:30pm – 4:30pm  ( Under 12 years )  – 

Venue – Mirth, The Mezzanine Floor, Yip Kan Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong. Tel: 2553 9811
For bookings and enquires go to 



Shibori and Natural Dyeing Workshops in Hong Kong 4 – 5 November, 2016

Chances are you’ve heard about the latest trend for shibori dyeing centred on those rich indigo hues – a continuation of our current taste for hand-crafted original clothes and homewares. First and foremost shibori dyeing is the traditional Japanese version of tie-dyeing that dates back to the 8th century. The artform has recently been spotted earthily energising the latest collections from Stella McCartney and Proenza Shouler. So, if you think you would like to partake in a little shibori activity and learn this timeless technique from one of the experts, KPC Yarn and Stylebrief are hosting author and designer Cath Derksema of Prints Charming to Hong Kong in early November for some exclusive workshops at KPC Yarn Studio, Lai Chi Kok, and Mirth, Aberdeen. While in Hong Kong Cath will also take bookings for one extra class that will focus on the steps involved in her fascinating natural dyeing process which involves using leaves, tea, spices, bark and flowers. Places are limited so book fast! See below for workshop details and go to stylebriefbigcartel for booking: 





Shibori Workshop

This three-hour class run by Australian textile artist, author and designer Cath Derksema will focus on resist-dye techniques like tying and clamping and of course each student will leave with a wonderful over-sized shibori-dyed muslin scarf upon finishing. There will be napkins, silk scarves and pillow cases available to buy on the day, but participants are encouraged to bring along any of their own pieces for exploration. Cotton tea towels and pillow slips, white T-shirts and linen are the ultimate blank canvas, and shibori can also give another bohemian dimension to blue denim jeans or add an ingenious modern touch to white jackets and shirts, too.

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This three-hour class with artist Cath Derksema will focus on the many facets involved in the natural dyeing process. There will be organic cotton and wool skeins provided from KPC Yarn, and all spices and plants will be locally sourced. Students are encouraged to bring along any item of clothing or linen from home that could use some reinvigoration. Places are limited so book fast!    

Hong Kong Insider’s Textile tour

HONG KONG INSIDER’S TEXTILE TOUR – OCTOBER 18 – 21, 2016 – three nights/ four days hosted by Ingrid Keneally and Natalie Miller. 

Having lived in Hong Kong for over 18 years, and seen this glittering and at-times overwhelming city go through some profound changes, I have turned my mind to introducing my Hong Kong to those curious for more unexpected travel that balances learning about textiles with shopping secrets and guidance for great eating destinations. I can wander and gaze for hours on end looking through antique shops for that perfect overlooked vintage dress, or a beautiful object in an unknown laneway. I liken it to a human pick-me-up and I have made it my job. Styling and sourcing is what I love to do. This year I will be teaming up with architect and fibre artist Natalie Miller for a three-night /four day Hong Kong Insider’s Tour exploring the colourful garment districts and gaining insight into where you can source all your DIY project needs to continue your artistic practice at home. Think leather, rope, ribbons, cotton, silk, buttons, trims, silver and so much more. We will also be allowing plenty of time in the schedule to guide you to some seriously amazing lesser-known shopping destinations, that I visit in my everyday life for work!

About Natalie Miller: Natalie enjoys her time in Hong Kong, maybe it’s because, after her numerous working visits to Hong Kong, including her most recent to create and install the stunning macramé chandeliers for Chinese New Year’s Eve at Pacific Place, she has fallen in love with this city. Apart from being a very gifted architect and fibre artist, Natalie is an experienced educator who loves to talk all things weaving. Natalie brings an artist’s eye to this trip. Learn more about Natalie here.  For further details and prices please email me at


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KPC Yarn pop-up in Sydney

Leading yarn brand KPC Yarn has collaborated with 19 established artists whose work offers up a new take on the traditional world of textiles to showcase an exhibition called Thread+Colour. Contributing artists include architect turned latest ‘it’ weaver whose work is featured on the April 2016 issue of Home Beautiful Natalie Miller alongside other major weaving talents, Brooklyn based Maryanne MoodieGenevieve Griffiths, Nikita Sheth, Erin Barett of Unwoven, sisters Lauren and Kassandra Hernandez of Crossing Threads and Natalie Jones; extreme knitter Jacquie Fink; Elizabeth Pawle, whose delicate neon wall hangings bring with them a soothing gem-like air; artist Katikart who turns crochet portraiture into something unexpected and quirky; the inspirational Cath Derksema of Prints Charming; contemporary hand-stitcher Liz Payne; sculptor and fibre artist Harriet Goodall; maker of exquisitely playful collage works Alex Falkiner; knitting artist Stine Leth; artist and author Meredith Gaston; creative maker and founder of B for Brain Haily Tran; weaver and fibre artist Megan Bogden Shimek, and ceramicist and fibre artist Alison Fraser.

As the creative coordinator behind the project I have a passion for showcasing the unique style and talents of each artist. The ten-day pop-up will start with a conversation with Jacqui Fink about her fascinating process at 4pm on April 23, and from there an opening night gathering, which will include canapés and wines from Mondo Imports will begin at 5.30pm. There is also an area reserved in the space for daily workshops (for details and workshop bookings read on) and informal discussions during the week.

For opening night please go to Thread+Colour event page to let us know if you are joining. 

Lovers of punk and bold design will be very pleased to see a very select collection of woollen sweaters from Kaylene Milner of Wah-Wah. Founder and designer of Sydney-based French knitwear label Marcelle & Clo Claudine Guerin will also have her patterns available for sale. My input is a fun collaboration with KPC Yarn and visitors to the exhibition and pop-up are invited to hand-sign in thread the giant 1.4 metre embroidery sampler, located at the ten day pop-up. 


















This vibrant collection combines a wealth of talent and strong international influences, and will be on display in Sydney at The William Street Gallery, 14 William St, Paddington, from April 23 – May 1, 2016. All of the range from KPC Yarn will be available as well as the original artworks and hand-made one-off designs and wares such as Jacqui Fink’s Little Dandelion range will be for sale throughout the week. If you are interested in viewing any of the artist’s pieces before the opening, please email me at

We look forward to seeing you there!











Saturday  April 23  12 pm – 3pm

Learn the embroidery technique of mark making with thread – with Cath Derksema of Prints Charming. Once you’ve moved through a host of stitches, a lesson in embellishment, on a Cath Derksema hand-dyed indigo cushion cover will be introduced. Light snacks and refreshments provided. 

For bookings and more details visit Prints Charming  

Sunday April 24 10 am – 1 pm

From little things…Learn the basics of knitting with Pauline Keneally, who as a former professional potter has years of experience in many crafts. Walk away with the skills needed to cast on, cast off and finally get that knitting project started. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings visit stylebriefhongkong


Sunday April 24  2 pm – 5 pm SOLD OUT

The wonderful world of weaving with Natalie Miller using KPC Yarn. All materials supplied.  Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Natalie Miller. 

Monday April 25- 10am – 12pm

Learn the decorative handicraft of Chinese knotting with Natalie Miller. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Natalie Miller. 

Monday April 25  2 pm – 5 pm SOLD OUT

The wonderful world of weaving with Natalie Miller. All materials supplied including a selection of KPC Yarn. Light snacks and refreshments provided.  

For bookings and more details visit Natalie Miller

Tuesday April 26 10 am – 1pm.

Secrets of successful silk-screening with Cath Derksema of Prints Charming. Light snacks and refreshments provided.  For bookings and more details visit Prints Charming 

Tuesday April 26  2 pm – 5 pm

Crochet gets its groove back with Ingrid Keneally and Fiona Cheung – Find out how to give your granny square edge with all needles and thread supplied. Light snacks and refreshments provided. For bookings visit stylebriefhongkong


Wednesday  April 27  10 am – 1pm

Learn the art of indigo and natural dyeing with Cath Derksema and KPC Yarn. Hand-dye your very own wool – enough to start a small project. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Prints Charming

Wednesday April 27 2pm – 5pm SOLD OUT

Be one of the lucky few to learn from founder and designer of Sydney-based French knitwear label Marcelle & Clo Claudine Guerin. In this three-hour class, participants will learn how to re-interpret an enchanting piece from the designer’s latest collection. Samples from the KPC Gosyp chunky range will be supplied. 

For bookings and more details go to Marcelle & Clo

Thursday  April 28  10 am – 1 pm Seats still available 

Introduction to drawn thread-work with Alex Falkiner. This class teaches you a few mark-making tricks essential for making your embroidery projects stylish and contemporary. Lights snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For bookings and more details visit Alex Falkiner

Thursday April 28 2pm – 5pm 

Friday April 29  Seats still available

10 am – 1pm Learn the traditional basketry technique of coiling with Harriet Goodall using KPC Yarn. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Harriet Goodall. 

Friday April 29 2pm – 5pm

Workshop to be confirmed 

Saturday April 30 10 am – 1 pm SOLD OUT

The wonderful world of weaving with Natalie Miller using the incredible range of KPC Yarn. All materials included. Light snacks and refreshments provided.

For bookings and more details visit Natalie Miller 

 Saturday April 30 2pm – 5pm SOLD OUT

Introduction to drawn thread-work with Alex Falkiner. This class teaches you a few mark-making tricks essential for making your embroidery projects stylish and contemporary. Lights snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For bookings and more details visit Alex Falkiner.

For information, inquiries or assistance with booking please email or contact KPC Yarn. 


Photo credits:

Natalie Miller, Cath Derksema, Marcelle & Clo and Claudia Smith 





Artistic Adventure

Join textile artist Natalie Miller, nutritionist and yoga instructor Alexis Smith and myself for our second six-day artistic adventure at Ban Sairee, a luxury private beach front villa in Koh Samui, Thailand. There are now only a few spots left. Learn weaving and crochet with KPC Yarn, macramé, block-printing using eco friendly paints from Eicó, natural dyeing, skipping, yoga and more while nourishing the body with nutritious and delicious food. This six-day retreat is a learning experience and an adventure and most importantly it is fun and full of laughter. It is an inspiring vacation where you learn skills that are not only good for your health but good for your soul.

When: September 18 – 23,  2016

Where: Luxury private beach front villa Ban Sairee, Koh Samui, Thailand 

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 Your Week Includes:

Six days, five nights luxury accommodation

All meals using only fresh whole foods free of processing, preservatives, colourings, flavourings and additives. Food likes, dislikes, allergies and sensitivities are catered for.

• Daily morning exercise class ranging from yoga to resistance bands, hill walking and skipping. All classes are tailored to suit all fitness levels

• 10 x three hour classes in weaving, macramé, block-printing, one-on-one crochet and shibori dyeing.

• Educational talks on all things health

• Cooking demonstrations

You also have full use of all villa facilities including swimming pool, kayaks and private tennis court. This is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependant on local weather and the desires of the group.

There are only 12 places and they are booking up quickly so don’t delay.

Please email with any questions or to request a registration form.


Shop update…

Big Cartel update: Two new items added. Check out my store to see the finished results on the hand-dyed artisan muslin shawls from India, and a fun craft project – developed with the artist Meredith Gaston and KPC Yarn. The colours of the shawls have great depth and are so lovely and soft. My favourite is a great nude colour called Lemon Cream that works on any skin tone.

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And there is something so therapeutic about making your own pom-pom decorations. The new pom-pom making kit includes five different ways for you to have fun pom-pom festivenesss. The kit includes party cake and decor style-up ideas and hair ties, and of course Gaston’s fabulous illustrations.

If you have any questions, or special requests just let me know. Happy shopping!


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Embroidery workshops – Hong Kong

Embroidery is back in vogue. The gentle art of embroidery has found a new generation of career artists open to using more modern and creative ideas in their work. Australian textile artist and designer Cath Derksema of Prints Charming, has been creating hand-painted and embroidered linens that are attracting attention in the art world and taking embroidery firmly into the future.

Cath will be working with KPC’s vibrant wools and organic cottons at two fun creative workshops in early October at Mirth and the KPC Yarn studio.

Spaces are limited so go to stylebrief.bigcartel to secure your place. 

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Date: October 2, 2015 

Time: 10 am – 1 pm 

Cost: US$150

Where: Mirth 

The Mezzanine Floor

Yip Kan Street

Wong Chuk Hang 

Hong Kong 

Tel: +852 2553 9811

Number of seats: 8 places available 


Where: KPC Yarn Studio 

1/F Novel Industrial Building

850 – 870 Lai Chi Kok Road

Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon

Hong Kong 

Date: October 4, 2015

Time: 10 am – 1 pm 

Tel: +852 2371 7675

Number of seats: 8 places available 

What is included: 

Learn blanket stitch from scratch, or brush up on your embroidery skills from one of the best. In the three-hour class, Cath will encourage students to explore their sense of colour with KPC Yarn’s wonderful hues. You will be provided with a linen sampler and a hand-painted panel which can be used to make an original cushion for your home. 

A selection of healthy and delicious snacks from Moxo Living and refreshments will be provided during the workshop to keep you happy and hydrated. 






Japanese shibori dyeing workshops in Hong Kong

I started out learning how to dye fabrics naturally from my mother when I was five or six. In her work she taught me that sumptuous colours with depth can be created from ingredients like beetroot, onions, coffee and tea. I love the way dyeing can make something very special out of anything that might be lacking a bit of originality.

Now that anything real and organic is on the rise, the beautiful art of Japanese shibori dyeing which involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth then dipping in indigo dye, is more relevant than ever. Australian textile artist and designer Cath Derksema of Prints Charming uses the shibori technique in her work and the good news for us in Hong Kong is Cath will be coming in early October to teach this highly addictive craft at Mirth in Aberdeen and the brand new KPC Yarn Studio in Lai Chi Kok.

 Workshops have limited places so visit stylebrief.bigcartel to secure your place.

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Shibori Workshops

Where: Mirth

The Mezzanine Floor

Yip Kan Street

Wong Chuk Hang

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2553 9811  

Time: 10 am – 1 pm 

Date: 3rd October 2015 

Price: US$170


KPC Yarn Studio 

Where: 1/F Novel Industrial Building 

850 – 870 Lai Chi Kok Road

Lai Chi Kok

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2371 7675

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm 

Date: 4th October 2015

Price: US$170

Number of seats: 8 only per class

What is included:

Enjoy three hours of absolute fun creating and engaging in the many facets of shibori dyeing. Cath will teach you the various steps involved in resist-dye shibori techniques such as tying and clamping; everyone will leave with their own over-sized hand-dyed muslin scarf, and Cath encourages you to bring any of your own pieces, think pillow slips, jeans, white t-shirts and linens that you might be interested in reinvigorating through this old-world approach. I can have napkins, silk scarves and pillow cases for purchase if you let me know in advance.

A selection of healthy snacks from Moxo Living and refreshments will also be provided thoughout the day.





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