Stitch & Weave

Wednesday Workshops at Mulberry and Flax, Fine Fabrics, Newcastle.    11am -2pm     Refreshments will be served!




Stitch and WeaveMemoir Writing  Continuing soon!

In the cosy atmosphere of Mulberry and Flax we take inspiration from woven and printed cloths from exotic lands. From hand spun wools and natural dyed felts and threads, we weave a connection between the fabrics we love to touch and wear, and our writing.

Telling the stories of cloth — of sewing, knitting and weaving, we give voice to our mothers, grandmothers, and our own tales of sitting with needles clacking, and treadle machines whirring.

Using fabric and thread as our starting point we find ways to the tell stories that lie close to our hearts while learning how to embroider descriptive detail into the pages of our work.

Whether you are already working on a memoir or just beginning, this is a great way into telling some of the stories of your life.

Bring along a favorite piece of fabric weaving or embroidery, notebook and pens.

Check out Mulberry and Flax on Facebook, and Instagram.

Price: $60 (conc $50)

Contact Jan  for booking and payment details.

Your tutor Jan Cornall has been teaching writing for many years at writer’s centres, community colleges and universities (UWS, UTS). After working mainly in theatre and film Jan has published a fictional memoir and collection of poems and short stories and is currently working on a travel memoir set in Vietnam. Jan mentors writers and leads international writing journeys and workshops in places like Bali, Burma, Bhutan, Laos, Vietnam and Morocco. Jan is a collector of fabrics, a lover of threads and handmade embroideries which when travelling, she sources from NGOs working with disadvantaged women in third world countries.



Creative Kickstart     also available!

Do you have a book idea, a creative arts project, a home renovation or a new community plan you want to get under way?

In the delicious atmosphere of Mulberry and Flax with her tool box of creativity techniques( including fabrics, papers and threads from exotic climes) writer/tutor Jan Cornall shows you how to get your project firing on all fronts.

Using mapping, visualization and meditative writing techniques Jan will take you deep into your creative source where you can find the inspiration and energy to bring your ideas to fruition.Unleashing the principle of play, learn how to liberate yourself from blockages and open yourself to creative flow.

Making creativity a priority in your life, learn how to set up a creative space, establish mutual mentoring teams, and commit to the practice of everyday creativity.

At the end of the workshop get creative with timetabling and deadline setting and leave with a plan to follow for reaching your creative goals.

Bring along a favorite piece of fabric weaving or embroidery, notebook and pens.

Mulberry and Flax is a new fine fabrics store in Newcastle set up by author Jennifer Smart. Her novel Wardrobe Girl was published  by Random House in 2014.

Check out Mulberry and Flax on Facebook, and Instagram.

Price: $60

Payment: pay by Paypal here.

Contact Jan  for booking and payment details.