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Festival Program 2017crocheted-rug

We're all set for another great festival in 2017.  We're currently working on uploading the full details, but please click the link below to download our 2017 program brochure!



1. Stitchy Central (Main Festival Venue)

8-16 July
Gallery2 @ Wangaratta Art Gallery

56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta 03 5722 0865
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
Hours: 10am-4pm daily

The central place for all your Stitched Up Festival information with maps and the latest news of stitchy happenings around the town and further afield.

Featuring Stitching a Story – a non-juried, non-judged community textile exhibition. Vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award with the winning entry receiving cash prizes.

There will also be displays from The Oxley Knitters, Embroiderers Guild Victoria, NE Branch and Peechelba Machine Embroidery Group, and demonstrations by local craftspeople throughout the week (see program overleaf).

Festival Opening Saturday July 8, 11 am, Free Event, all welcome.

Demonstrations @ Stitchy Central:

  • Sunday 9 July, 10am-4pm: The Story of Rug Hooking with Bobby George and Maggie Whyte
  • Monday 10 July 10am-4pm: Spinning & Weaving with Wangaratta Hand Weavers and Spinners
  • Tuesday 11 July, 11am-1pm: Hex n More, Super Sidekick & QCR rulers with Angela Bradbury;10am-1pm: Traditional Stitches with Embroiderers Guild Victoria, NE Branch; 1pm-4pm: Machine Dry Needle Felting with Kerryn Taylor
  • Wednesday 12 July, 10am-4pm: “Stained Glass” Fabric Postcards with Heather Sloan and Carol Sonogan
  • Thursday 13 July, 10am-4pm: Cord Making with Judith Roberts
  • Friday 14 July 10am-1pm: Contemporary and Slow Embroidery with Janice Jones Saturday 15 July, 1pm-4pm: Monoprinting on fabric with Anne Jackson

Also, don't miss:


Post Office Arcade, Murphy Street, Wangaratta &
The Co-Store, Cnr Reid & Ovens Street, Wangaratta
Open during Business Hours

Schools, Kinders & other Community Groups have banded together creating Wall Hangings and 3D Story Trees for display at the Post Office Arcade and the Co-Store.  Check out the textile talents from Wangaratta’s young folk and the stories they tell.


2. 2017 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award

3 June – 6 August
Wangaratta Art Gallery
56 Ovens Street, Wangaratta 03 5722 0865
Free Entry • Hours 10am-4pm Tues to Sunday (also open Monday July 10 - during festival only)

The exhibition of finalists in the fifth biennial Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award. As a $10,000 acquisitive award the selection attracts contemporary textile artists on a National level and showcasing world-class innovative contemporary textile art. Keep an eye on the gallery website for forum and workshop details:


3. Textiles in the Foyer: Kate Just – Hope & Safe

1 June – 6 August
WPAC Foyer (next to Wangaratta Art Gallery)

cnr Ovens & Ford Streets, Wangaratta • 035722 0865
Free Entry • Hours: 9am-5pm daily

To coincide with the 2017 Contemporary Textile Award the winner of the 2015 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Safe by Kate Just will be featured with its sister banner Hope. These two significant works are proudly now part of the Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection.


4. Seasonal Stories Exhibition

1-31 July
Bainz Gallery @ Wangaratta Library
21 Docker St, Wangaratta • 0407 219 564 (Kathy)
Free Entry • Hours Mon-Fri 9:30am-6pm, Sat 9:30-1pm Special weekend hours during festival Sat-Sun July 8-9 and July 15-16 10am-4pm

Around 40 textile artists responded to the Stitched Up Seasonal Stories challenge of one artwork per season to evoke the ebb and flow of the seasons through imagery and impressions - created using a variety of textile techniques such as weaving, embroidery, applique and patchwork.


5. Once Upon a Time

8-16 July
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Ovens Street, Wangaratta  
Cathedral Office: 03 5721 3719 or Eunice:  03 5721 3065
Entry $5 • Hours 9.30am-5pm (except during services)
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The Cathedral Friends present a collection of theatre costumes portraying vignettes from the world of stage and screen, against the backdrop of the magnificent Cathedral.


6. Strictly Quilts

7-16 July
St Bernard’s Primary School Hall
Williams Rd, Wangaratta
03 5721 2598 / 03 5721 3510
Entry $5 Hours: 10am-5pm

A quilt exhibition by The Rural City of Wangaratta Quilters showcasing a year of quilt making by members of quilting and textile art groups. This year’s celebrity quilter is Barbara McCabe, a local textile artist who includes some quilting among her many techniques. Buy a ticket in our raffle with this year’s prize being donated by the Wangaratta Saturday Quilters.


7. Textile Tales of Life, Love and Loss

8 July-25 August
Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre
Murphy St Wangaratta • 03 5721 3095 (Rhonda)
Entry: Gold Coin Donation (all proceeds to Anglicare Food Group)
Hours: 9am-5pm daily

Featuring textiles from the 1800s until the late 20th Century and their extraordinary tales. It will include items from Melbourne artist Anzara Clark, The Tumbarumba Women’s Hut and Carol Sonogan. Exhibition Talk Sunday 9 July 2pm


8. Wangaratta Hand Weavers and Spinners

Saturday 8 July
Milawa Community Hall, Factory Rd, Milawa
Hours: 10am-3pm • Entry: Gold Coin

Special display and sale of beautiful handcrafted scarves. Displays and demonstrations of spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting and felting.


9. Wendy's Webb - Gallery of Knitting

10, 11, 12 July 2017
1 Orkney St, Wangaratta • 03 5721 5416 / 0417215417
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Entry $4 • Hours 10am-4pm or by appointment.

Group bookings welcome A small unique gallery displaying hand knitted garments. Bridal, baby wear and unique examples of old and modern knitting. Garments knitted for WW1 and WW11 soldiers. aKNITomy- hand knitted lab dissections. E.g. rats, bats and frogs.


10. Much Ado about Felting – A joint exhibition of Felted Wearable Art by Margaret Wilmot & Barbara Pritchard

8-30 July Gallery 294, Corowa
294 Honour Ave, Corowa
02 6033 5086 • Free Entry 10am-4pm daily

This collection by two established textile artists, is inspired by Shakespearian story lines. It is a visual narrative of varied techniques of colourfully dyed and Eco printed felt resulting in original garments and accessories. Visit for dates and details of felting workshops. Opening Fashion Parade Saturday 8 July 2 pm Free Event


11. Textile Swap Meet Market

Saturday 15 July
Uniting Church Hall, Rowan Street, Wangaratta
0418 505 673 Free Entry • Hours: 10am-3pm

An opportunity to buy preloved textile supplies. Surplus fabrics, threads, books, sewing notions and all things textile related will be up for grabs! Individuals or groups can hire a table for $10 to sell any textile items, materials or tools both new and used.

Contact Barbara: 0437 150 684 or Eileen: 0418 505 673 to register a table for that day.


12. Tales from CWA

Sunday 16 July
CWA Hall, Templeton Street, Wangaratta (beside King George Gardens)
Entry Fee: Gold Coin Donation • Hours: 10am-4pm

Inspirational stories of remarkable country women, from the early days to today. There will be information from local CWA branches, a trading table and demonstrations of craft and cooking throughout the day.


13. 10 to 4 Gallery

1/32 Gladstone St, Glenrowan
Hours 10am – 4pm daily
Contact: Sam Grant 0422 591 110

A new and exciting addition to the Arts and Crafts culture of North East Victoria. Several local artists and crafters have joined together to bring a wide variety of items to be viewed and purchased in pleasant surroundings.


14. Spotlight Wangaratta

18 Parfitt Road, Wangaratta • 03 5723 8400

Australia’s biggest retailers of fabric, craft and homemaker supplies, with the widest range and guaranteed lowest prices!

In-store Demonstrations:

Saturday July 8th, 11am to 2pm – Brother Scan and Cut demonstrations
Saturday July 15th 11am to 2pm – Quilting for Beginners, playing with tools, basic patterns, fabric and colour options etc.


15. Wangaratta Woollen Mills

The Mill Shop, Textile Ave, Wangaratta 03 5721 0811
Hours: 9am-4pm Mon-Fri 9am-3pm Sat July 8

Explore the wide range of hand and machine knitting yarns, all from the finest quality fibres of the largest Australian Mill, the home of hand knitting brands Cleckheaton, Panda, Patons and Shepherd.

Knit and Crochet Day ~ 10am-2pm Tuesday 11 & Thursday 13 July


16. Wangaratta Woollen Mills, Shed Sale!

Saturday 8 July 9am – 3pm
03 5721 0811 • entry via Vincent Road

Oddments and Seconds from $1, a once-a-year opportunity for a super craft bargain!


17. My Little Patch

Shop 1, Rear 49 Reid St, Wangaratta (Behind Big W)
SUTF Hours:  9am – 5.30pm Mon – Fri, 9am – 4pm Sat, 10am – 4pm Sun

Display of Sashiko and Quilts by Hiroe Mogi from HM Textiles along with other Japanese quilts. Check out our great range of textured Japanese prints along with ranges by Kaffe Fassett, Tulia Pink, Jinny Beyer and more.


18. The Factory Outlet

Sisely Avenue, Wangaratta • 03 5722 3782
Hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm Sat
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Famous brands at factory direct prices. Assorted fabrics, manchester, Australian made towels, ready-made curtains & blinds and workwear apparel.


19. Sackville and Lane

10am-4pm SATURDAY 8 JULY
Wangaratta Uniting Church Hall
10 Rowan St, Wangaratta
Contact: Heather 0439 893 349
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Featuring beautiful pure wool felt, felt projects to try, felt sheets, patterns and kits. Also linens for dressmaking & needlework, selected patchworks fabrics, quilt and project kits, knitting & crochet patterns, books and yarns, amazing Mrs Sew & So embroidery kits, beautiful pure wool felt, patterns and kits


20. West End Lotto & Wool

51 Phillipson Street, Wangaratta • 03 5721 3142
Hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Thurs, 8.30am-6pm Fri, 8am-1pm Sat

Beautiful knitting yarns, accessories / patterns, exclusive baby & children’s wear and a knitting display.


21. Sew Bright Alpine Quilting

4 Ireland Street, Bright • 03 5755 5118
Hours: 10am-4pm weekdays, 10am-3pm weekends, closed Tuesdays

Visit Bright’s specialty quilting shop for modern quilting cotton & linen fabric, patterns & art supplies, sewing patchwork classes with Angela Bradbury, stitching days, retreats and workshops with visiting tutors. See us at Stitchy Central on Tuesday July 11 for Demo day