Adult Craft Workshops 

KNITTERS !!! - Join the new Knitters' Group

We invite you to join our friendly group of knitters. Our project will be to knit/crochet a Poppy (pattern provided) and contribute to the Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal 2018. Future projects include knitted fruit and vegetables.

- 10.30 am  - 12.30 pm
Plant Craft Cottage, RBGV, Melbourne Gardens, near H Gate
Cost:  Gold coin donation
Materials:  BYO Red 8-ply wool, 3.5 crochet hook/3.5 knitting needles
Tea and coffee provided.



Red Hot Poker leaves are one of the easiest to use and most versatile of all basketry materials. In this workshop, experienced basket-makers will guide you through all the steps to make a unique poker basket. Learn how to dry and prepare poker leaves and get our tips on simple techniques to make your basket.

When: Saturday 19 May 2018 - 10.30 am – 2.30 pm
Where: Plant Craft Cottage, RBGV, Melbourne Gardens, near H Gate
Cost:  Friends $65  Non members $80 
All materials and Morning Tea provided. BYO lunch
Numbers limited to 10 participants
Bookings close Monday 14 May


Coptic Bound Notebook Craft Workshop

You will learn the ancient bookbinding technique of Coptic Stitching and be guided through the steps required to create your own personal notebook.

Coptic binding or Coptic sewing comprises methods of bookbinding employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century. The term is also used to describe modern bindings sewn in the same style. Modern Coptic bindings can be made with or without covering leather; if left uncovered, a Coptic binding is able to open 360°. If the leather is omitted, a Coptic binding is non-adhesive, and does not require any glue in its construction.
Artisans and crafters often use coptic binding when creating hand made art journals or other books.

Please bring your own notebook, pencil and lunch. Tea and coffee supplied.

When: Saturday 21 July 10.30 am – 2.30 pm
Where: Plant Craft Cottage, RBGV Melbourne Gardens, near H Gate
Cost: Friends $60 Non-members $80
All materials and morning tea provided. BYO lunch.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. Book online under What's On
Maximum number of participants - 10
Bookings close Thursday 12 July.

Saturday Basketry Workshops with Lydia Beshara

Join Lydia Beshara on our new Saturday program of Basketry Workshops for 2018. Lydia has Diplomas in Art and Horticulture and uses her passion for art, craft and plant materials to create unique baskets. Lydia is Basketry Group Coordinator at the Plant Craft Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and member of the Basket Makers of Victoria.
When: Held once a month on a Saturday (Dates below)
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Cost: $85 (members) $95 (non-members)
Suitable for both adults and teenagers
No experience needed. All materials included. Take home your basket at the end of the workshop
Morning tea and coffee provided. 
BYO Lunch.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL - Limit of 10 per workshop

Lazy Squaw Yarn Basket

When: Saturday 30 June 2018
Come and have fun in this one-day workshop where you will learn how to use the ‘lazy squaw’ stitch to make a coiled basket using an inner core of plant fibres, which are wrapped and stitched with yarn. No experience needed. All materials included.

Coiled Raffia Basket
When: Saturday 14 July 2018
Join Lydia in this one-day workshop where you will be using raffia to make your basket. Get creative tips on how to embellish your work to make it uniquely yours!
No experience needed. All materials included.

Pixie Basket
When: Saturday 11 August 2018
Enter a magical realm where anything is possible in this workshop where you will make a Pixie Basket!
You will learn all the techniques required to make your own beautiful basket, including how to prepare plant material to make the frame and how to weave your basket using a variety of natural fibres.  

Subjects for future Saturday workshops
Some Like it Hot - Raffia Table Mats or Baskets
String Bottle Holder
Paper Weaving Christmas Cards
Cross Stitch Bookmarks
Easter Egg Basket
PCC Location Map
(Adobe PDF File)

Baskets and photo by Libby Andriske