Overlocker Basics Workshop

Overlocker Basics Workshop
Our Overlocker Basics Workshop returns May 12th!  Come along and learn how to use your machine to the fullest!

Overlockers can be daunting machines, especially when you have to thread them from scratch for the first time.  However once you’ve used one you’ll be converted. They give a professional finish and make for super speedy sewing especially when working with stretch fabrics.

Places are limited, for all the details and to book click here.

Fashion Revolution week!

Fashion Revolution week is almost here and we’re thrilled to be hosting a Hand Mending event with Circa Vintage Clothing!
“Rather than buying new, we want people to fall back in love with their clothes, care for them for longer, and take a stand against fast fashion that ends up in landfill.”
Gaye will show you some visible mending stitching techniques to embellish and patch worn spots, or sit with Nicole for some old school darning to fix holes and rips like Grandma used to. We’ll also be sharing tips on fixing seam rips, taking up hems and sewing on buttons.
It’s on April 29th with all proceeds donated to Fashion Revolution. For all the details and to book into a session CLICK HERE.

Spring Sewing Workshops in Melbourne

Spring Sewing Workshops in Melbourne

Brush up your sewing skills for the change of season and come along to one of our Spring Sewing Workshops in Melbourne

  • Get impressive results using traditional Japanese stitching and patching techniques at our Visible Mending: Sashiko Style Workshop.
  • Save money and get your wardrobe up to speed for spring and summer at our Sunday afternoon Fix Your Op Shop Finds! Workshop
  • Try some slow sewing on a Sunday at our Hand Stitching Workshop. A few simple stitches will have you making crafts and clothes without the need for a sewing machine.
  • Learn the tools of the trade and get busy on your sewing machine in this Learn to Sew course over 10 hours.

For more information about your teacher and the workshops available go to our Textile Workshops page

We also offer Private Lessons. If you would like to chat about options please Contact Us

Laneway Learning Visible Mending Workshop

Laneway Learning Visible Mending Workshop  I  Tuesday July 26th 8.00 – 9.15 pm

Along with the workshops and classes I run out of my School of Sewing and Upcycling in Footscray, I am a regular teacher at the wonderful Laneway Learning in Melbourne’s CBD.  I specialise in hand sewing, teaching recurring classing in Slow Sewing, Visible Mending (patching and darning), Sewing Pattern Basics and Clothing Alteration. I have a Laneway Learning Visible Mending workshop coming up in a couple of weeks at The Little Mule Cafe. In this class you will be introduced to a traditional Japanese stiching and patching method called Sashiko. Using this decorative stitch you will learn to repair, reinforce and enhance the threadbare spots, holes and rips in your favourite items of clothing. These classes are super popular so book in while you can! Find out more here

Image Gaye Abandon at the Maribyrnong Makers Market

Gaye Abandon at the Maribyrnong Makers Market this Saturday 18th June!

Come and visit Gaye Abandon at the Maribyrnong Makers Market in Seddon this Saturday for a rare chance to pick up some signature upcycled, felted wool, arm warmers and hottie covers. This is the only market that we will be participating in this year, and with textiles, it’s always nice to touch and try before you buy. We will also have a range of discontinued Gaye Abandon products including purses, tablemats and coasters ON SALE! Gaye will be on hand to help you with your winter needs and to fill you in on forthcoming workshops and classes at her new School of Sewing and Upcycling !

The MMM is a not-for-profit market run by a group of dedicated volunteers intent on promoting the talents of makers living in and around Melbourne’s inner west. Buy local and handmade!

If you can’t make it too the market, visit our freshly stocked online shop. Free shipping Australia Wide!


Sewing Workshops at the Sustainable Living Festival

Come along to my sewing workshops on this February
in Melbourne for the Sustainable Living Festival.

Visible Mending Workshop
Where: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Carlton, Melbourne
When: Wednesday 17th February 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Cost: $30
Book here

Hand Sewing Workshop
Where: Library at the Dock, Docklands, Melbourne
When: Saturday February 20th 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Cost: $30
Book here

For more information click on the images below.


Handsewing Workshop at the Sustainable Living Workshop

Visit Gaye Abandon during Open Studios in the West with Sewing Workshops and more!

Open Studios in the West. Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November 2015

This year, for the first time, I’m participating in the City of Maribyrnong’s Open Studios in the West program. Along with 20 other artists, I will be opening the doors of my studio over the last weekend of September (the final weekend of the Big West Festival). Come along and check out my work space, browse in the pop-up shop or join one of my two afternoon sewing workshops! Workshop and address details below.

Saturday November 28th 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Make Hand Stitched & Embellished Christmas Decorations from Upcycled, Felted Wool
Cost: FREE!
Children welcome (with parental supervision). Bookings essential.

Sunday November 29th 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Sewing by Hand for Beginners: Make a Drawstring Bag from Upcycled Textiles
Cost: $30 per person. All materials and homemade afternoon tea included.

For more info and to book contact gaye@gayeabandon.com 0434 915 967

The Gaye Abandon Workshop is at 122 Buckley St, Footscray.
Open Studio hours: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4.30pm

New Hand Sewing Workshops in November – Book Now!

Hand Sew a Summer Cami Top – 1.30 – 4.30 November 8th and 15th

Join me at Handmaker’s Factory in Kensington, Melboure on the afternoons of November the 8th and 15th and learn to sew a light cotton cami with pretty trims and straps, entirely by hand! You can find the details here.

Not only will you take away an easy-to-wear top with a Made by Me label, you will gain the sewing skills to make many more summer pieces that you can wear with pride!

This hand sewing workshop includes all materials (cotton voile fabric in a range of colours, handmade bindings, ribbon for straps), equipment, tea, cake and good company. Oh and come with a friend to receive a discount. To read more and to make a booking click here.

‘Open Studios in the West’ Hand Sewing Workshops

At the end of November I’ll be running two hand sewing workshops from the Gaye Abandon Workroom in Footscray as part of Open Studios in the West program. This event runs over the weekend of November the 28th and the 29th from 10am – 4pm each day and lets the public explore artist’s studios located in Footscray and surrounding suburbs.

Hand Stitch Your Own Christmas Decorations from Upcycled Felted Wool
November 28th 2pm – 4pm FREE! All materials included. Bookings essential. Children welcome (with parental supervision).

Handsewing for Beginners: Make a Drawstring Bag from Vintage Textiles
November 29th 1pm – 4pm. Afternoon Tea and all materials included. Bookings essential.

Contact gaye@gayeabandon.com to book a place and check back for more details!