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August 2, 2019

We are DELIGHTED to be celebrating a special milestone in late 2019... it's our 5th Birthday!

Time FLIES when you're having fun, and we've been running monthly creative workshops around the Greater Hamilton region for a whopping 5 YEARS  - crazy!

Since our first ever pom-pom bouquet workshop in August 2013 we've held over 50 monthly workshops.

From making DIY projects like wreaths and terrariums to honing creative skills like crochet and painting, we've been connecting lovely locals, creative types and makers. We've hand-made gifts and whipped up bespoke homewares, we've even shook our own cocktails and fired our own pizzas. Most have only ran once, and a couple have been so well-loved we've put a new twist on them and brought them to the masses again - check out the full list HERE!

It's been BLOODY WONDERFUL, and it's time we celebrated with a Birthday-themed crafty get-together!

We're taking over the lovely Jack & Jude's for a couple of hours of sociable creativity on Sunday 22nd...

March 27, 2019

After needing to reschedule, we're finally collaborating with local artist Alyshia Bensch, aka Studio Marlo, to create beautiful Mixed Media Collages this July!

Alyshia is a multidisciplinary artist, with a love of illustration, design and the natural world. She has a BA of creative arts, and is almost finished her MA of art therapy, and is passionate about the power of creativity, especially in how if affects us whole-heartedly; mind, body and soul. We can't WAIT to finally be collaborating for a Crafternoon, as Alyshia really is an inspiring human who is able to make creativity flow in even the most "non-creative" person. As tutor, Alyshia will guide you through the process of selecting colours and shapes, creating layers and adding details, finding inspiration from the natural environment.

On Sunday 7 July from 1-4pm, the cute converted railway station at the foot of the Grampians; Off the Rails Dunkeld, will be filled with colourful paper, paints, pens and magazines... a multitude...

February 14, 2019

This month we’re collaborating with the lovely Tine Brok of Eucy Redd Raw Ecodyes for a hands-on Crafternoon on botanical eco dyeing!

We’re going to nestle into the mud brick HIRL Art Rooms, surrounded by 11 acres of native parklands, with a bandicoot enclosure, native edible plant garden, veggie patches, natural wetlands and lots of lovely flowers and foliage. 

Tine will guide an intimate group of us on how to dye and add patterns to fabric with botanical elements like petals, leaves and bark, how to use mordants, bind your scarves and make the magic happen!

We’ll each take home a finished good-quality wool or vegan cotton/hemp scarf which you've coloured yourself using botanical materials and specialist products. 

The workshop also includes a little information booklet to take home, a walking tour to learn how to identify dye plants and discuss responsible foraging, take-home seeds to start planting your own dye-producing garden, and refreshments (drinks and sweet treats!)

Not to mention...

December 18, 2018

This year's My Crafternoons Christmas Party was an absolute corker!

17 lovely women, a friendly dog and gorgeous baby took over Pierrepoint Winery and Cellar Door just outside of Hamilton for an afternoon surrounded by all things craft, Christmas and sparkles!

Everyone made 6 embellished, filled and painted baubles for gifts or for their own tree, and the breadth of the creativity was just awesome.

Some were monochrome with illustrated details, some spray painted or filled with glitter and sparkles, one was painted to look like a reindeer, others were filled with rosemary and faux-snow, embellished with flowers, lace and ribbons, rustic with feathers and twine... the breadth of creations was mind-blowing!

I was on hand in case people needed guidance (the tassel tutorial may come in handy for workshops next year) but everyone had creative freedom to use the plethora of craft supplies I'd collard any way they wanted to. We had stamps to create shapes or print messages, wool make pom-pom atta...

November 21, 2018


OK I will try to contain my excitement, but needless to say I have been bursting at the seams to release details on this Crafternoon workshop, since it involves a triad of my favourite festive things:

1) Crafting - a set of 4 bespoke Christmas Baubles filled with sparkles and snow...

2) Drinking - delicious local Bubbles...

3) Michael Bublé*!

*Michael has a full calendar at this time of year so will not be able to physically join us, though we will have his Christmas back catalogue filling Pierrepoint Cellar Door with Christmas cheer, and he sends his love.

Oh ho ho YES folks, we're combining Baubles, Bubbles and Bublé at the fabulous Pierrepoint Winery and Cellar Door for this year's Christmas Crafternoon, and it's going to be DELIGHTFUL.

The lovely folks at Pierrepoint are building us a cheese-based grazing table (it's Christmas, there has to be cheese) and everyone who books in will receive a free drink on arrival. Their s...

October 2, 2018

OH YES, it was only a matter of time before we recreated the magic of last year's cocktail making class in Hamilton's best bar; Mumbler!

Our definition of "craft" is basically anything handmade, plus anything we reeaaally want to run a workshop on, and cocktails definitely fits the bill on both counts!

We'll be under the guidance of Mumbler's resident mixologist, the lovely Amber, who creates their drinks menu from scratch, and certainly knows her Martini from her Margarita.

We'll learn to select ingredients, muddle, shake, strain, build, rim and garnish three delicious cocktails (thirsty work this crafting business). We'll learn all the skills and lingo, how to use specialist barware and how to make our creations look Instagramable, since we all know this is half of the point of cocktails!

Your ticket is $65 and includes all ingredients, tools and tuition to make three distinct cocktails, plus platters of nibbles to share and take-home recipes so you can recreate these scrumptio...

September 7, 2018

Spring has FINALLY sprung here in Western Victoria, and to celebrate a rise in temperatures and spirits, we're going to hold a very special Crafternoon Collab!

We’re thrilled to be spending a Sunday afternoon in the leafy HIRL complex, learning to paint watercolour flowers with the lovely Rachel Zuch.

Rach is a freelance textile designer originally from Kiama on the NSW coast, who specializes in beautiful watercolour floral designs. Though her career has seen her largely based in Sydney working for brands like Billabong, Jets Swimwear and Marcs, and even being featured in Harper's Bazaar, luckily for us she has relocated to Hamilton with her partner Andrew - win!

Combine Rach's training in Design, Fashion, Textiles and Fabric Printing with a dash of her lovely personality, lots of experience in painting and visual arts and add a dollop of her huge passion for flowers and foliage, and we have ourselves a recipe for a wonderful Crafternoons tutor!

Rach has actually taught a crafternoon befor...

August 30, 2018

This month’s leather earring workshop was one of our best yet- a nice easy craft with plenty of room for creativity, and just such a lovely bunch of women!

We totally took over upstairs in Roxburgh House - in one room we had paint, ink and craft supplies, and in the other, platter upon platter of delicious wood-fired pizzas and lots of lovely women busily handmaking earrings to a fabulous soundtrack.

We chose our favourite colours of up-cycled leather, cut into shapes, added colour or metallic accents, punched through holes and used the Edward-Plier-Hands trick to affix jump rings and earring hooks.

Everyone’s creations were just divine- we had lots of leather feathers with metallic accents similar to my prototypes, but also some geometric shapes, layering of leather colours and even... wait for it... a chicken and an egg! 

Yes, made of cow... like half a farm hanging from each lobe 😂

We finished off two pairs of leather lovelies over a final wine and The Rox’s famous desser...

June 1, 2018

We love wool out here in the Western District, and it's time we again tackled the super easy, super portable and versatile craft of crochet, making lovely little woollen bowls!

Our crochet guru Cindy is back to show us with her giant yarn and hooks how to crochet your very own soft handmade bowl, perfect for a catch-all dish or to wrap around candles, plants or dishes. 

We'll again settle in to what has become our crochet corner- The Grange Restaurant at 142 Ballarat Road, Hamilton.

The workshop is $35 per person which includes platters of hot and cold finger food to share, wool and tuition, just bring along a size 4 crochet hook (around $4 in craft shops and discount stores).

If you want a wine, a cuppa or another drink of your choice then the bar is open for all your heart's desires (well, within reason).

This workshop is suitable for beginners, so even if you wouldn't know your crochet hook from your knitting needle you can come along and learn the basics. 

If you can already crochet...

April 28, 2018

I didn't know taking over a restaurant for a night to make copious pizza and have drinks under the festoon lights of the laneway could be SUCH FUN!

Our Pizza Making Crafternoon was awesome- Bruach taught us everything he knew about wood-fired and electric pizza ovens, dough, cooking techniques and even pizza paddles, pizza cutters, and topping combinations (the sauce recipe is staying a closely guarded secret however). There was such a great group of participants too- thanks everyone for coming!

Once everyone had their welcome drink, we started with an intro to pizza-making then had a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen so everyone could wash their hands and see the industrial rotating stone-floor pizza oven they use for their popular pizzas. We then had a demonstration of how to prepare the dough balls and make them into pizza bases using only our hands (rolling pins are less authentic), add just a smidgen of sauce and a scattering of good quality ingredients. Everyone made at least o...

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