Embroidery Basics with Carla Adams

Ceramic workshops are now being provided directly by Sally Smith. Browse workshops here.

Join local artist Carla Adams to learn the basics of hand embroidery. In this workshop you'll create a sampler of different stitch techniques and start on a project of your own. This could be an idea that you've already pre-prepared or something you can concept along with Carla during the session.

You'll learn the ins and outs of embroidery and finish off your designs using fun curated objects from Carla's personal collection such as shells, pearls and gems.

You are welcome to bring along a t-shirt, jacket, tote bag or item of your choice to embroider onto, a great way to upcycle something you've at home. Or you can work on our test fabric suitable to create a small wall hanging or detail with.

If you would like to bring your own item to work with, please ensure it's a sturdy fabric like denim or linen, anything with stretch is not for beginners. 

Each participant will receive a DIY embroidery kit including everything you need to keep going with your new hobby at home.

 All tools, materials and light morning tea will be provided. There are no previous skills required, simply bring your authentic self.


  • Time in our warehouse with an incredible local artist
  • A solid foundation to set you on your embroidery journey
  • A stitch 'dictionary' showcasing different techniques
  • The beginnings of your own project and the skills to continue at home
  • Tea and cake from our cafe to enjoy while you are crafting

About Carla

Carla Adams knows craft. Carla's iconic art work incorporates sculpture, textiles, craft practices, painting, drawing, research and book-making to navigate the complexities of relationships from an embodied, female perspective. Carla has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of WA, Turner Galleries, Bus Projects (Melbourne), FELTSpace (Adelaide), ARTBAR at The Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), Verge Gallery (Sydney) and Blindside (Melbourne). 

Carla is currently represented by Aster + Asha Gallery and hosts her own podcast Chats

Terms and Conditions

Please note this class requires a minimum of 6 attendees in order to run. All ticket sales are final, non-refundable and dates are non-transferable. If you are unable to make your date you are able to send someone else in your place. You can find more details in our Terms and Conditions.

Photos by Rae Fallon.

Workshops at Stackwood

Meet new people + practice presence while learning a valuable craft or skill.

Curated workshops are held in our beautiful, light-filled hall, and
range from gardening knowhow to pottery, wood carving to cooking. Enjoy learning new — or indeed old — skills, and leave with a lovely object of your own making.