Three Sisters

Three Sisters

This course is confirmed to go ahead.

Textile art is an exciting and liberating medium. It fuses your creative imagination with your technical ability and gives you fun, fulfillment and a lovely piece of textile art.

Petal will be teaching Landscape Design principles, focusing on perspective, scale and choosing the right details to include. She will be encouraging you to use your imagination and to put your creative thoughts into your landscape. She will guide you through the process of using and placing the ‘made’ fabrics so as to achieve your ideal picture, and then learning to embellish your work with stitch.

The week draws on various machine sewing skills to create magnificent art landscapes. We will be employing Creative free machine embroidery techniques for Landscapes – Collage, Dimensional Applique, Soluble fabric work, Layering, Fusing, and Bobbin work.

You will learn how to create texture and dimension in many ways:
* using these sewing and embroidery techniques
* working with recycled fabrics of many types ranging from shop-purchased paper to gaudy magnum wrappers
* using textural fabrics
* creating “made” fabrics with Soluble fabric to make lace for the details of trees and bushes.
– and during the week you will be exposed to ideas and combinations that you have never dreamt of.

Sunset after the storm

Sunset after the storm

Bring along a simple photo or picture (or at least have an idea) for your landscape – but if you’re having a complete blank, don’t worry – Petal will find something for you.

You will receive a detailed requirement list of materials for the course. A kit will be provided with the basic and “unusual” requirements for the project, details of this will be provided with the requirement list. Instruction notes will be included in this kit, for future reference.

This will be a fun, relaxed, ‘stress free’ week of learning.  It is suitable for beginners to advanced people. Beginners will revel in the new techniques and ideas they are being exposed to.


AUD $1850  twin share
Single supplement: $350
Non-sewing partners: $900

Program Includes
Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.
7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided.
Course fees.
Lectures and excursions as indicated.

Program Excludes
Travel to Savusavu
Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Optional activities not listed on the program.
Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.
Meals taken in transit at the airport.

For enquiries please fill in our contact form
or call (02) 8094 1613
or email

To make a booking go to our booking form.

Petal Davies: Artist Biography 

Petal Davies

Petal Davies

Petal Davies has spent her life working with fabrics. She was a professional dressmaker for many years, before moving on to teaching Patchwork. She describes how patchwork first brought a new dimension to sewing, and then came the artistic side offering the excitement of ‘Creative wearables’ and Fabric Landscape art, along with the opportunity of exploring new concepts like learning to manipulate fabric with the soldering iron and discovering just what can be created with soluble fabric. She is a member of ATASDA NSW and has been a regular participant in courses with TAFTA (The Australian Forum of Textile Arts).

Her specialties are Free Machine embroidery, Fabric Art Landscapes, ‘wearable’ Wearable Art and Traditional Patchwork. She has a studio at her home in Faulconbridge, and also travels around Australia to teach in country towns – where, she says, their hospitality is a large part of the enjoyment of the teaching. She has travelled to Japan and Norway to learn from patchworkers in cultural exchange programs. It has given her a strong basis from which to develop new ideas and techniques to bring back to Australia and incorporate in her teaching.

She has a quirky love of recycled materials, and says: “I am very much into recycling and experimenting with all types of materials, including ‘magnum’ wrappers. Texture is important to me and I like to use the collage technique in my work for effect, and also nothing is wasted.”


The Programme 

The programme is structured around morning workshops with afternoons for activities and free time to enjoy a massage, snorkelling, relaxing by the pool or continuing to sew.

Saturday 17 May
Domestic flight to Daku Resort in Savusavu.
6.00 pm Welcome ceremony
7.00 pm Dinner

Sunday 18 May

9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop. Introduction to design principles and possibly a walk to take in the landscape surroundings.
1.00 pm Lunch

Tapa making

Tapa making

2.00 pm Tapa demonstration
Afternoon: Free time
7.00 pm Dinner

Monday 19 May
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop—Forming the background and learning the collage technique
1.00 pm Lunch
Afternoon: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops
7.00 pm Dinner

Tuesday 20 May
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop—Continue with background technique
1.00 pm Picnic lunch

Devodara Beach

Devodara Beach

2.00 pm Swimming at Devodara Beach
7.00 pm Dinner
Wednesday 21 May

9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop—Learning ‘Made’ fabric techniques
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Coconut demonstration
3.00 pm Walk up hill behind Daku
7.00 pm Dinner

Thursday 22 May
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop—Applying ‘made’ fabrics and embellishments with stitch
Afternoon: Free time for optional activities

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

7.00 pm Dinner

Friday 23 May
9.00 am – 12.30 pm Workshop—Finishing instructions
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Visit to local village
7.00 pm Final lovo dinner

Saturday 24 May
Fly from Savusavu back to Nadi
International flight home

Note: the order of activities may vary depending upon weather conditions.