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My studio is ready to recieve you for workshops. I have a great space for up to 16 students. Also accomodation for up to 12 on site. Brilliant for retreats, holidays, business bonding sessions, hen activities and more. 
I do my best to keep this list up to date, but please get in touch with me or the organiser for full details.
Contact me on to find when I am available for bookings.

Many of the places I am asked to talk or lead workshops are happy for you to get in touch, or perhaps you have a group and want to share the travel and accommodation costs with another group local to you which I am already visiting?


Regular Classes:
9.30 - 12.30am
$30.00/week, pay as you go
Contact for booking: 
Taking Textiles Further  
Textiles and mixed media for confident stitchers.
Increase your knowledge of the amazing range of materials and techniques used to create modern textiles. We will push your skills in many areas, experimenting and having fun with surfaces, stitches, paint, paper and more. This is a course for those already experienced in free motion machine stitching and with some previous history of textile art or crafts.

The sessions will be weekly apart from occasional times during the year when Alysn is working away. These dates will be well advised in advance.

Venue: The Belgrave Room, Knightsbridge Village, 21 Graham Collins Drive, North Shore City, NZ 0632. Easily accessible, just off the East Coast Road near to Rangitoto College. When you enter the complex park in the visitors car park, go into the reception and take the lift one floor down. The room is light and spacious with plenty of tables, chairs, power points and water – perfect for you to spread out, relax and get on with your work. 

1.00pm - 4.00pm
$50.00/week, pay as you go
Contact for booking: 

‘Obsessive Compulsive Textile Disorder’

Expect these sessions to be the start of an obsession.  Dip into a selection of media, experiment then produce your own artworks using your new textile and mixed media skills. Work with fabrics and papers, in stitch and in beads to make creative art. You will learn to view almost anything as a creative tool, including a sewing machine, hammers, candles and more! This is a course for beginners and improvers alike led by an internationally experienced artist and author. These sessions are for anyone with an enthusiasm for textile and mixed media arts, from beginner to experienced. Any hard to find materials or ones which you need only a very small amount of are provided on a cost basis. Alysn has several sewing machines which you can borrow as required, though it would be fabulous to get you using your own machines if you have them.

Sad but true -All Australian and UK teaching and events with me for 2020 have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID. 
Do watch out for new dates soon.
9,10 January. New South Wales Embroiderers Guild, Australia.  'Autumnal Surfaces'
11, 12 January. New South Wales Embroiderers Guild, Australia. 'A Heated Affair'

24, 25 February. Coromandel, NZ.
26,27,28 March. The Embroiderers Great Escape, Orewa, NZ. 'Visible Mending: Techniques and Interpretation'

10,11,12 April. Timeless Textiles, Newcastle, Australia. 'Bark Textures'
15 -18 April. Australasian Quilt Convention. Melbourne, Australia.

With the ever changing COVID conditions around the world, classes are being added and postponed regularly. Contact me to check ( There will be more to add as time goes on, and I look forward to being able to travel to see you all as soon as safely possible.

Your kind comments:
'Alysn was excellent. She gave the class clear directions and examples for us to try, involved all the class, was very knowledgeable on her topic and readily shared her own work and techniques. She gave time and patience to each class member, offering suggestions in a gentle, professional way that inspired each person’s creative style. Her general rapport was shown in an open friendliness and interest that was conducive to our learning with confidence.'

2.   'Alysn is a gifted teacher. She’s clear, fun and empathetic.'
'Thank you for a beautifully constructed and presented workshop. It is such a pleasure to work with a seasoned, gifted expert who is generous with her knowledge and inspiration.'
'I have had a simply wonderful weekend. Thank you so much for being a great informative tutor.'
'Fantastic. Thanks for all your ideas.'
'A short line on behalf of Chesterfield Embroiderers' Guild to thank you for an excellent day on 31st March. At last nights branch meeting, the workshop was the most talked about topic with everyone saying how much they enjoyed it. Thank you again.'