Classes at Hettie's Patch

This is our Mini Hexagon Bag. We will have a class for this on 25th July and again on 1st of August.

This is our Mini Hexagon Bag. We will have a class for this on 25th July and again on 1st of August.

We have some fantastic workshops planned, some skills classes, a weekend away, and of course our regular sewing classes during the week. Below is what we have planned. 

If you have never tried paper piecing or are already a skilled hand stitcher, our Mini Hexagon Bag is a great project to learn. Lorraine will be teaching this on Wednesday 25th of July, with a follow up class to complete the bag on Wednesday 1st of August.

Judy Newman is teaching her beautiful patterns on Saturday 4th, and Sunday 5th of August. You can see Judy's work on Instagram @judynewman.

Lisa Mattock is teaching two separate workshops on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of September. For inspiration, you can see Lisa's work on Instagram @foragebylisamattock.

We are holding an introduction to needle turn appliqué on Monday 10th of September, where you will have access to our fabulous cuttings basket and be taught a skill that will open you up to all of the wonderful projects.

Old School Sewing at Port Clinton will be held again on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of September. This is where we bring our latest hand sewing projects to our favourite Yorke Peninsula town for a weekend of serenity.

Lorena Uriarte is teaching her Opal Essence Quilt on Sunday 23rd of September. You can see Lorena's work on Instagram @lorena_in_sydney.

We are teaching another skills class on Monday 24th September, a Lined Zippered Bag. The cost of this class includes a kit to make one bag, but once you know how, you'll make many more.

Marg Sampson George is teaching on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of September. This actually falls on the long weekend and so if you'd like to do three days of sewing, then here's your chance. Alternatively, if you'd like to do the Monday 1st October only, then this is perfect for you too. You can see her work on Instagram @MSG47.


If you want to get things finished, or if you need some help on something you've started sewing but aren't sure how to continue, then maybe our daily classes would suit you.

Monday evening class is taught by Helen and Kaye, 6pm-9pm, cost $25. This is where you can work on your own projects whether it be machine or hand piecing. This is a great class with expert help.

Tuesday class is taught by Lorraine, 10am-1pm, cost $25. Again, this is hand or machine sewing class where you work on your own project, getting expert help where needed.

Wednesday is a Sit and Sew class from 10am-2pm at a cost of $15. There is not a teaching in this class, but there is a lovely space for you to enjoy your sewing with other people who also enjoy their sewing. The staff in the shop are always happy to help with any guidance required of course.

Thursday class is taught by Helen, 10am-1pm, cost $25. You work on your own projects in this class and gain help where required whether it be hand or machine piecing. If you have a Thursday free, then this is the class for you.

Friday hand stitching class, 10am-1pm, cost $10. If you enjoy hand piecing, appliqué, english paper piecing, hand quilting, and a great chat, then this is your class. 

All of our classes are held in our classroom which is a couple of doors down from our shop here at 138 Port Road, Hindmarsh.

To see the dates and times that we have planned, if you click on the 'Menu' button on, you will see 'Upcoming Classes and Events'. This will show you our calendar for the year.

Happy New Year

This year we have had some wonderful workshops and started a new one of our own in one of our favourite Yorke Peninsula towns, Port Clinton.

Teachers from overseas can draw a crowd, and we've had two fabulous teachers this past year. Janet Clare taught a class on drawing with your sewing machine, while Tula Pink took us through her vivid Tula Nova quilt. Our wonderful interstate teachers came to Adelaide to show us their beautiful works too. Margaret Sampson-George, Judy Newman, Kathy Doughty, and Wendy Williams all made their way over throughout the year, and it's lovely that we can catch up with them on a regular basis (well, we try anyway!)

I've just updated the calendar for our 2018 workshops, and there will be more added as we have dates confirmed. If you are interested in attending any, please email us at, and we will be in touch.

We are very excited to be opening our new shop at 138 Port Road Hindmarsh from Thursday January 4th 2018, 10am - 4pm. Our new shop hours in our new shop will be Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Closed Sundays and Public Holidays.

Our old shop at 294 Port Road Hindmarsh will also be open from Thursday January 4th 2018, from 10am-2pm (limited hours due to staffing). In this shop, we will have our fabric that is on sale, which is a minimum cut of 50cm and priced at $15/m. Both our wideback fabrics and pre-wrapped fabrics are 30% off of the marked price. There are some beautiful fabrics down there, you never know what you'll find.

Here's to another year of making things we love, learning from things we don't, and trying to enjoy the ride either way.




Janet Clare Workshops

Janet Clare is an experienced quilting and sewing teacher from the UK who has published books as well as being a fabric designer for Moda. Her fabric ranges 'Hearty Good Wishes' (one and two), 'Field Guide', and 'The Wordsmith' reflect her aesthetic for beautifully hand drawn ideas. She regularly hosts talks and workshops focusing on her design process and her creative techniques. Her workshops are fun and friendly and her aim is for everyone to leave with new skills, beautiful work, and the confidence to create their very own textile artworks.

Hettie's Patch will be hosting two one day workshops with Janet Clare.

The first workshop will be held on Wednesday 28th of June, and is called 'Draw with your sewing machine'. It is a great introduction to free-motion stitching with your sewing machine. It is a favourite technique of Janet's and is an important part of her appliqué and quilting style. You will learn how free-motion stitching can transform and personalise you appliqué. She teaches through a series of fun group exercises in the morning, and then in the afternoon everyone is free to create their own appliqué blocks or pictures. She will help you design your own pictures and will teach you all of her tips and tricks to enable you confidently create your own thread sketches.

An example of her work.

An example of her work.

A lovely little robin.

A lovely little robin.

The second workshop will be held on Thursday 29th of June, and is called 'The Wordsmith - Quilted Memories to Cherish'. This workshop is about noticing and cherishing the simple things in life. It is about love letters, little notes, and finding pressed flowers in favourite books. It is about every day things recorded in a beautiful way. You will learn Janet's favourite techniques including fusible appliqué and free-motion quilting and you will create you very own unique project inspired by your favourite sayings and memories. She will be there to help you draw, design and create your own family heirloom. So gather up your letters and threads and be a wordsmith with Janet Clare.

Each daily workshop will start at 10am and finish at 4pm, and they will include lunch and morning and afternoon tea. The cost of each workshop is $220 for the day. If you would like to attend both days, the total fee is $400. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place in these workshops, and once paid, we will provide you with a requirements list. You can contact the shop on 08 8346 0548 to secure your place, or email us at

These are fantastically creative workshops that will not only give you an insight into techniques and processes, but also enable you to pursue your own creative ideas with like minded people all in a fun and friendly environment. We look forward to creating with you!

A little green finch.

A little green finch.

Rows of houses.

Rows of houses.

Iron, snow, & shadow

The three new fabrics from Carolyn Friedlander that are in store now are Iron, Snow, & Shadow. You'll find linear outlines of trees and branches in 'Iron', while 'Shadow' is a lighter topographical print. 'Snow' is a simple drawn shape repeated in order across the fabric. The designs are gentle and could seamlessly work their way into many a project. If you want to offset some heavier prints, then I think these are the way to go.





Do you suppose she's a wildflower?

Flower shop by Alexia Abegg of Cotton + Steel is inspired by Mexican folk embroidery, amulets, and wildflowers. The little animals on an unbleached background have traditional blankets on their backs and the colours are ideal for babies or toddlers. The coordinating prints from her range, enhance the simplicity of the animals while adding a pop of gentle colour.