The Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling Exterior

About the School

The Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling is located at 122 Buckley St, Footscray, close by Middle Footscray station and the lively cafe strip of Victoria St, Seddon. Established in 2015, the School is a hub of sewing education in Melbourne’s Inner West. Our school is fully equipped with sewing machines, overlockers and sewing tools. We offer Sewing Courses and Workshops along with an emphasis on sustainable sewing, mending and textile upcycling. We can also come to you for corporate or community workshops and events.

About your Teacher

Your tutor Gaye Naismith has been an avid sewer for over 35 years. She possesses extensive knowledge of machine and hand stitching techniques, working with sewing patterns and professional finishing.

As the director of The Gaye Abandon School of Sewing and Upcycling, Gaye enthusiastically shares her sewing expertise with students of all ages and genders, both in groups and one-to-one. She also delivers ongoing community sewing courses and facilitates workshops for local councils and other organisations across Melbourne. Occasionally you can catch her taking sewing, mending and upcycling sessions for Laneway Learning Melbourne.

Gaye is deeply committed to sustainable and local production, and the re-use and re-purposing of preloved
textiles, an ethos she applies to her teaching, her art practice and her lifestyle.

She holds an MA in Visual Culture and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has a current Working with Children Check.