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Learn Handcrafts in Sydney

Ever thought about learning the art of Ikebana – Japanese flower arranging? Or maybe you fancy the ancient art of Henna Tattoo? Perhaps your preference is Bookbinding? Alternatively there is always the simple pleasure of Gift Wrapping, Picture Framing or Knitting and Crochet. If you want to learn a new handcraft, you’ve come to the right place!

We offer hands-on experience with dedicated and enthusiastic tutors. Our classes operate within our own premises in Rozelle (only 5 minutes by bus from Town Hall Station). As a not-for-profit education provider, with almost 3 decades experience in Adult Education, our high qualify courses are easily more affordable and flexible than TAFE, online courses and other continuing education Institutes.

Handcraft courses at the College



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Stained Glass for Beginners

In this course you learn the skills and techniques of this ancient artform by constructing your own stained glass window. This course is designed for beginners. Materials may cost up to $300 however some of the tools and materials needed for the course could be found in our homes such as a small board of plywood or MDF, some timber battens, a soldering iron (either 80 or 100 Watt), a hammer and nails, sewing machine oil and a sharpening stone or even some pieces of glass. Students c... [More]
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Handmade Christmas Cards

Feeling crafty? Like the idea of doing something a little different this Christmas? How about making your own Christmas cards. It’s fun and so easy and this half-day workshop will teach you how to create one-of-a kind, personalised Christmas cards for your family and friends. You’ll discover a variety of ways to make Christmas cards using a range of media and techniques including embossing and embellishments. So if you want to be part of a festive craft workshop in Sydney this Decem... [More]
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Make Your Own Soft Toys

Come and learn how to make your own beautiful and original soft toys. Step by step you’ll discover how to create one-of-a-kind creatures fresh from your imagination. Over five weeks tutor Monica Youlley will guide you through each stage from conception and choosing your fabrics through to embellishments and putting it all together and producing your own furry friend! Perfect idea for a gift, especially if there’s a little person in your life. Suitable for: This course assumes you ar... [More]
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Jewellery - Flamework and Glass Beads

Learn how to make fabulous glass beads for jewellery, fashion or furnishing in this unique course. You will learn the basic skills necessary to create your own unique glass beads by applying the lampwork technique to the melting of Venetian glass rods. This course will cover many of the basic techniques from spinning a simple bead, shaping and decorative techniques using mutliple rods, raking and feathering, applying silver foil and wire, millifiore, goldstone and frit. If you want ... [More]
$299 inc GST / $269.10 / $239.21
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Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arrangement

Basic Ikebana accords to simple rules and principles. This course is designed to teach techniques and build an understanding of the ancient Japanese art, which evokes the sensitive beauty of nature and the stunning style of formative art. This course is conducted by a qualified Ikebana teacher. Tweet Agenda Note: Parts of the agenda may be adapted to suit the needs of the class. Introduction to Ikebana Explanation and demonstration of basic style and traditional style of arrangement... [More]
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Gift Wrapping

Using Japanese traditional Origami and Furoshiki (traditional Japanese wrapping fabric) skills, we can explore new styles in fancy ecologically-responsible wrapping. Fabric can be endlessly reused. After the gift has been opened, the fabric is kept, ready to be used for the next gift. It is better for the environment and the fabric can be used indefinitely. With some Origami techniques, you can beautifully wrap your gifts without using fancy unrecyclable wrapping paper. Even if you ... [More]
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Printing - Fabric Screen

Enrol in our Fabric Printing course and learn the fine points of Fabric Printing and Design with Sydney Community College your centre for continuing education in Sydney. More affordable than university continuing education or TAFE plus. In this hands-on course you will explore a variety of hand printing and colour application techniques and create your own fabulous designs on fabric using hand-cut stencils. No previous design or printing experience required. If you want to learn to ... [More]
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Picture Framing Essentials

This two-day workshop is a comprehensive introduction to the world of picture framing. Whether you are looking to work in the framing industry or plan to make frames at home, this course will expose you to all the information, resources and suppliers you need to pursue your framing goals. You will learn the fundamental techniques required to make a picture frame – whilst being exposed to the correct trade terminology and framing language – and will have the opportunity to discuss ar... [More]
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Sculpture - Lantern Making

Create your own beautiful lantern using cane and paper to make your own design. The group will be instructed in the simple techniques of building in cane and covering the form with glue soaked tissue paper. Leave them white or paint them with bright colours to create a coloured glow once lit up with a bulb. You can make animals, sea creatures or abstract shapes in this easy, non-toxic process. No experience required. If you want to learn Lantern Making in Sydney, then this course is... [More]
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Bookbinding for Beginners

Learn how to make beautiful handmade books for either your own personal use as a journal, sketch-book or notebook; or give them as a much appreciated gift to a loved one. A perfect and unique present at any time of the year. The aim of this course is to familiarise you with the necessary knowledge and skills to start you on a journey to make your own books. The course will run at the NSW Guild of Craft Bookbinders’ professionally equipped Ralph Lewis Bindery at the NSW Writers’ Cent... [More]
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