Fibre Craft Retreat – Hummocks Station 2021

Dates: Friday May 28 to Sunday May 30 2021

Registrations now Closed

Come and join us at historic Hummocks Station, a two hour drive from Adelaide, for a creative, fun weekend. Friday night we will gather and chat around the campfire and enjoy a meal together. Saturday has the option of four different workshops or sit and relax in the Trap Shed with fellow fibre creatives. Sunday offers two more workshop before we gather for lunch and depart.

The aim is to offer an economically inclusive event. Families are very welcome to come and spend the weekend with us. There are many things to see and do at Hummocks. Check their Website for ways to entertain the family while you attend the workshops.

There is no need to attend all workshops, a choice will be offered, just pay for the ones you attend. There will be low cost alternatives offered, plus a relaxing space to hang out and chat if that is what you prefer.

With evening gatherings around the campfire. Bring along your favourite poem to entertain us with. Listen to Andrew talk about the history of this iconic South Australian Station and tell tales of bygone years.

The Inaugural event is capped at 20 attendees, registrations open 1/3/2021.

Beautiful Scenery

Registration (includes all meals) Cost – $60 (workshops and accomodation are extra costs) If family members are eating with us, they are welcome to, please add an additional $48 per head.

Accomodation is booked separately and directly with Hummocks Station

People who know they are coming for the Retreat, and want to book, can book their accommodation as soon as they like.
Hummocks Station has a variety of accommodation available.
2 Cabins, fully equipped, with a queen size bed in each, $140.00 per night.
2 Ensuite Rooms, with a King size bed in each, $120.00 per night.
4 Standard Rooms, 3 are share rooms with a queen size bed and single beds, and 1 has a queen size bed. These rooms are normally $90.00 per night for the queen bed and $25.00 for extra beds used.

For the Retreat we will offer all room stays @ Stay one night get one night Free.
Caravan and camping sites are normally $35.00 for powered and $28.00 unpowered per night + $7.00 for children.
Retreat prices will be $25.00 for powered and $20.00 unpowered + $5.00 for children, per night.
If you have a swag and want to roll that out somewhere – $10.00 per night.
If you wish to make a booking:
The phone number for Hummocks Station is 0427 243 348.
Just tell us you are booking for the Retreat to get your discount 😊

As of February 23rd, all rooms have been booked.

Powered and unpowered sites, swag spaces are still available.

Alternative accomodation can be booked in Snowton, Blyth and Clare.



Zero Waste Backpack – With Liz Haywood (Saturday)

Make a compact, folding backpack that is also zero waste.  Pattern provided. Additional details are available on Liz’s Blog. The Craft Of Clothes

Backpack workshop requirements:

  • Woven fabric, exact amount needed is 105cm wide x 64cm long.  Suitable fabrics include nylon ripstop, cotton drill, curtain fabric or quilting cotton.  One-way fabrics and stripes are fine.  [If needed, nylon ripstop can be provided at $5 pp in black, neon pink or neon orange.  Please advise when booking.  You’ll still need to bring all the other pieces to make the backpack – I suggest a black zip and topstitching for the pink or orange, and a white zip and topstitching for the black bag].
  • 1 x 41cm/16″ zip – it can’t be any shorter than this but you could cut down a longer one. If there’s a choice between a 40cm and 46cm zip, get the 46cm.  Use a chunky zip for heavy fabrics and a dress zip for a folding nylon backpack.
  • 4 x 2.5cm D rings for adjusting the straps. You could also reuse the plastic clips off an old backpack.
  • 1m x 2.5cm wide herringbone twill tape to go through the D rings. Use a stiffer tape for thicker fabrics and a softer one for lightweight fabrics.
  • Regular sewing thread. You might have a colour for seams and a different colour for topstitching.
  • Machine needles in a suitable size for your fabric eg 70/10 – 80/12 for nylon ripstop or 80/12-90/14 for curtain fabric. 
  • 50cm of ribbon or tape (about 1cm wide) to tie the folded backpack up with, if you’re making a foldable one. If you have a spare strip of fabric on the side of the cutting layout, use that to make a tie instead of buying ribbon.
  • Optional: press studs or buttons & loops or even velcro, if you want a fastening on the front pocket.
  • Zipper foot for your machine.

8 Places available

Cost $70

Sit and Sew – with Liz Haywood (Sunday, 2 sessions)

Bring your current project or arrange to learn a new skill.  Your tutor, Liz Haywood, is available to fit, guide and advise.  Liz will help with any aspect of clothing construction, patterns using a regular sewing machine or overlocker.  Absolute beginners welcome

For Sunday, anyone who wanted to make a backpack but chose another workshop could still make a backpack in the general sewing session.  Liz’s other patterns are available to anyone who would like to try a zero waste pattern as part of the class (garments that could be made in a day include the Lillypilly dressUrsa dressCendre top and the tie front blouse from Zero Waste Sewing – please see attached.) Let Liz know in advance so she can be organised with the pattern.  Liz can also include little sessions within the class on things like inserting a zip etc but again would need to know in advance so Liz can be properly prepared.

General requirements:

  • Your sewing machine with bobbin and bobbin case, foot pedal and cord, instruction book and accessories box with feet attachments.  You’ll also need spare machine needles.
  • Sewing kit containing scissors (fabric scissors and paper scissors), pins, tape measure, chalk pencil and unpicker.
  • Fabric and pattern for your sewing project.  Don’t forget matching thread, zips, lining fabric, interfacing, trims and buttons if you require them.  If you’re a beginner, avoid fabrics such as velvet, slippery fabrics and large checks.  Ask the shop assistant for advice or refer to the pattern.

10 Places Available

Cost $35 Per session

Basic weaving – with Rosemary Michael (Saturday)

Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom.  Limited looms available.  Yarn provided, This is a beginners rigid heddle weaving class. Covering the basics of warping and plain weave. Loan looms will be available or organise to purchase a loom for Knit Spin Weave.

5 Places Available

Cost: $35

1000 Kindness Hearts – with Jodie Trimble (Saturday)

1000 Hearts is a feel good session. Participants will learn about the 1000 Hearts kindness project which began in 2016 in Tasmania. Once inspired we’ll make two small felt pocket sized hearts – one for ourselves as being kind to ourselves is important, and one to give to someone who may need comfort, love and hope.

Our small felt hearts can be embellished with embroidery stitches, buttons and lace finds – whatever our heart desires! And then stuffed full of love and good intentions.

Jodie has made kindness hearts with her Girl Guide Unit and groups of friends in Port Pirie – it is addictive!

For more information on the Heartist community visit:

All materials included.

20 Places Available

Cost $10

Nålebinding  – with Ingrid (Saturday)

Nålebinding is literally “binding with a needle” or “needle-binding” in Danish. Alternate spellings include naalbindingnålbindingnålbindning or naalebinding. In English, it’s known as “knotless netting,” “knotless knitting,” or “single needle knitting.” This ancient craft predates knitting and was practiced by Vikings!

Project will be begun in workshop and will be required to be finished out of session.

All materials provided:

  • 2 balls of feltable yarn
  • needle
  • Pattern
  • Notes with recommended books and links.

8 Places Available

Cost $75

Botanical and Shibori Dyeing – With Tracy Henwood (Saturday and Sunday)

 This workshop will run as an activity station. The Dye Vat/Pot and materials will be set up for participants to try their hand through out the weekend. Tracy will be available to maintain the Vat/Pot and equipment; answering questions and demonstrating through out the weekend.Participants may bring additional items of natural fibre to dye.

Materials Supplied

  • 2 x Calico bags
  • All dye equipment for use on the day.
  • Notes and a notebook to create your very own Dye Journal.
  • Silk Scarves available on the day for $15 each

20 Places Available

Cost $25

Glass painting – With Anna Herburt (Sunday)

Create your own unique artwork in the style of traditional Polish village folk art.  No painting experience required.

Anna Alina Herburt was taught to paint by her brother, an art conservator who worked on religious frescos in Poland. Anna started painting religious Icons which tell biblical stories. One has been presented to Pope Benedict. As a primary school teacher Anna was intrigued by her young students naive artwork. She combined this naive style with the Polish Folk Art Tradition of Painting on Glass. Anna loves to paint stories about life.

The artist paints on the back of the glass, working in reverse, starting with an outline and details. Originally paintings on glass featured angels and other religious representations such as doves and Saints.

Now Polish artists use this technique to tell stories of everyday life.

Provided in this class:

  • Glass
  • Paints
  • Brushes

Students need to provide:

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Eraser

10 Places Available

Cost $60

Weekend Programme

Friday 28 May

3.00 – 6.00Check in
5.30 – BBQ, baked potatoes, and salad.  BYO alcohol and drinks.  Limited soft drinks for saleCampfire session 6.30 

Saturday 29 May

8.00 – 9.00Breakfast – Toast, fruit, cereal
 Function Room 1Function Room 2Outside Trap shed and Guest’s kitchen
9.00 – 12.00Zero waste backpack  
1000 Kindness Hearts 9. 00 – 10.30
Nålebinding 10.30 – 12.00
Shibori dyeing, contact botanical dyeing Session 1Various displays in trap shed Basic weaving in Guest’s kitchen
12.00 -1.00Lunch – wrap/sandwiches
1.00 – 4.00Zero waste back pack cont.Nålebinding contShibori dyeing, contact botanical dyeing Session 2Various displays in trap shed Basic weaving cont in Guest’s kitchen
5.30 – Lasagne and salad.  
BYO alcohol and drinks.
Limited soft drinks for sale
Saturday night entertainment
Drum performance by Hazel Michael
Show and tell
Skein untangle, Crochet chain, Skein into a ball with partners

Sunday 30 May 

8.00 – 9.00Breakfast – Toast, fruit, cereal
 Function Room 1Function Room 2Outside Trap shed
9.00 – 12.00Sit and sew 
Session 1
Glass paintingShibori dyeing, contact botanical dyeing Session 3Various displays in trap shed
12.00 -1.00Lunch – wrap/sandwiches
1.00 – 4.00Sit and sew
Session 2
Glass painting contShibori dyeing, contact botanical dyeing Session 4Various displays in trap shed
4.00 – Check out


Tea, coffee, homemade biscuits/cake available during the day.  

Note: Vegetarian options are available, but anyone with special requirements will need to provide their own. 


Workshop spaces are on a first come basis. In the event the workshop you have chosen is full, you will be given the option of another workshop or refund.