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Workshops & Talks

A series of workshops and talks will be part of the attractions of the Great Alpine Arts Trail 2018.

Bookings are now open. Download the PDF workshops.pdf for printable reference.


Join Cassie Leatham for a demonstration and talk showcasing Indigenous techniques for weaving floor mats, baskets, and string bags. Cassie will show some of the plant fibres she uses in her beautiful work, also.

When: Saturday 5 May 10.30am – 12.30pm

Where: Ensay Winery, Great Alpine Road, Ensay

Cost: $20 Booking essential as spaces are limited to ensure maximum enjoyment and learning.

Booking: Book now

Cassie Leatham is a Taungurung/Wurundjeri woman of the Kulin Nation. Cassie was born on Gunai Kurnai country and is an active member of the Indigenous community and member of Ramahyuck Aboriginal Corporation in Sale, Gippsland. Cassie’s father Ron is a senior Elder at Ramahyuck.

At a young age Cassie demonstrated a talent in art using a variety of different mediums and techniques and it was through discovering her Aboriginal heritage that she began exploring traditional ways in Aboriginal artefacts and creating arts and crafts using traditional materials and methods. Cassie is self-taught but listens to the stories from Elders’ stories to inspire her pieces. Cassie has devoted her time to teaching Koorie youth these methods and techniques, as well as non-Indigenous people.


Nullamunjie is a true single estate olive oil, grown, pressed and bottled on the estate. The olives are processed within 2-4 hours of being harvested fresh from the trees. Join the owner/founder, Annie Patterson, for an informative hour long talk about how this award winning olive grove produces fresh, organic oil that sells world-wide.

When: 5 May 2018, 10.00am - 11.00am

Where: Nullamunjie Olive Grove, 290 Bindi Road, Tongio (Take the Tongio Valley, Bindi, Tambo Golf Course road off the Great Alpine Road at Tongio. The Grove is 3 minutes on the right).

Cost: $12.50 includes tea/coffee with home made scones.

Bookings: Book Now

Please note that the 6 May talk has been cancelled.


An introduction to natural dyeing

Eco Colour from your own backyard.

Discover the tantalizing world of hidden colour waiting to be unlocked, in the plants around you. Learn how to obtain yellow through to orange and then red with Eucalyptus leaves, adjusting the colours after dyeing to discover greens and browns with post mordants. We will also look at other plants on the day, including a brief look at Australian Native Indigo. Get ready for a fun packed day. This workshop is for people who want to eco colour their yarns or fibres for spinning, knitting, crochet, tapestry or weaving. We will be discussing different methods of extracting dyes. Pre and post mordants, what they are and how to use them. Then we will get hands on experience with dyeing yarn. Participants will go home with samples of their dyeing, plus teaching notes to help them remember what was covered on the day.

When: Saturday 5 May, 2018, 10.00am - 3.30pm

Where: 3730 Great Alpine Road, Tambo Crossing (directions given before workshop)

Cost: $50

Bookings:Book now

Cath Rayment is obsessed with Natural Dyeing and all things fibre!

I started my journey into the fibre world with an instant love of wet felting, boot making in particular. After exploring the art of making cosy footwear I discovered spinning. I am as obsessed with spinning as I am with all things fibre, including Natural Dyeing. I have spun yarn from Alpacas, sheep/wool, Samoyd Dog hair, Angora Goats (mohair), rabbits (Angora Yarn) – anything I can get my hands on really. I love colour and avoided Natural Dyeing as I felt the colours were too weak for my tastes. I didn’t realise half the fun was the ‘discovery of secrets’ and I also hadn’t yet seen colours that enchanted me. Now that I am conversant with methods that enable me to get colours I like, there is no stopping me. I love this journey I am on and hope to impart some of my enthusiasm to others.

Tea and Coffee provided.

The VIEW is free! Yes, we’re on top of a mountain and it’s worth coming just for the view!

Participants will be provided with the following: • Latex gloves • All dye equipment • All dye material and mordants • Yarn samples • Notes • A range of Dye books to look at on the day – for your enjoyment.

Participants need to bring: • BYO lunch and a treat for morning/afternoon tea to share. • Aprons • Comfortable shoes • Warm clothes


Suitable for years 10+, beginner and intermediate.

Ready to try needle felting but not sure where to start? At this workshop you will learn all the techniques to get you started with needle felting, and to hone your existing skills. Needle felting uses a sharp needle to turn wool roving into 3D objects. The wool is agitated by the action of the needle so that it sticks together, creating a solid fabric. You will also have the opportunity to turn your creations into a mobile or an artwork using other natural materials. Needle felting may seem like a complicated craft but the joy of needle felting is that you can follow your own creativity. You’ll catch on quickly and make your own fuzzy, felt creations in no time!

When: Sunday 6 May, 9.00am - 1.00pm

Where: 3730 Great Alpine Road, Tambo Crossing (directions given before workshop) Cost: $50

Bookings: Book now

Morning tea is provided, and includes beautiful mountain top views while eating yummy homemade goodies.

Sarah has had a life-long love of an eclectic mix of arts and craft. After moving to Swifts Creek seven years ago to pursue her career as a high school teacher, she found her love of felting though her involvement in the CWA. Sarah has since honed her skills to create a collection of beautifully crafted pieces. She particularly enjoys crafting with felt because of its fluidity (and forgiving nature!)

KNOTLESS NETTING WORKSHOP with Lynn Lochrie. FULLY BOOKED Please note that an additional workshop will take place in October, at the Ensay Winery. Please contact Lynn directly if you wish to book.

Lynn recommends booking for the Cassie Leatham talk (see above) which ties in wonderfully with the workshop.

Learn how to make string from natural plant materials, and then create a beautiful pendant or small bag, using the Knotless Netting technique. All materials are provided, all you have to bring is your lunch, scissors, and an old hand towel to wrap wet materials. Maximum of 10 participants, BYO lunch, tea and coffee provided.

When: Sunday 6 May, 10.00am - 4.00pm

Where: Ensay Winery, Great Alpine Road, Ensay

Cost: $50 per person

Bookings: email -

Lynn has been teaching for three years both in the Great Alpine area, and in Cranbourne at the Friends of RBGV Basketry Group, and has been a member of the Basketmakers of Victoria for eight years. Her favourite materials are Native Plants such as Cumbungi, Dianella, and Lomandra, with which she make hats, baskets, and sculptural pieces. Her basketry is exhibited at the Great Alpine Gallery in Swifts Creek; in the Friends Centre at Cranbourne RBGV Australian Garden; and with Basketmakers of Victoria, with whom she helps on Display / Demonstration stands at several shows throughout the year. She has been visiting the Swifts Creek area with her family for over 45 years, and loves the community spirit and wonderful people here.

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