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Events and workshops

All workshop prices include materials and light refreshments.
Suitable for beginners, ages 12+

 

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Washi paper necklacesWashi paper necklaces

Thu 1 Jun, 6pm–8pm | Library Shop, level 1 | $35 | Book online or call 3840 7576
Thu 27 Jul, 6pm–8pm | Library Shop, level 1 | $35 | Book online or call 3840 7576

Join jewellery designer Barbara Vine for an introduction to making your own necklace using a washi paper-covered shell medallion set into a metal frame, complete with a long metal chain ready to wear.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Japanese-style gift wrapJapanese gift wrapping

Thu 15 Jun, 6pm–8pm | Library Shop, level 1 | $35 | Book online or call 3840 7576
Thu 10 Aug, 6pm–8pm | Library Shop, level 1 | $35 | Book online or call 3840 7576

Create Japanese-style gift wrapping materials for your gifts for any season. Paper artists and jewellery designer Mabina Alaka will teach you to make a bag from square furoshiki material, a paper bag, and an origami box.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Handstitched journalsHand-stitched journals

Introductory
Thu 29 Jun, 6pm–8pm | Library Shop, level 1 | $35 | Book online or call 3840 7576

Advanced
Thu 13 Jul, 6pm–8pm | Library Shop, level 1 | $35 | Book online or call 3840 7576

Join Brisbane based printmaker Kay Watanabe to learn the skills for making your own paper journals and notebooks.

At the introductory workshop, Kay will show you how to select paper and covers for your journal, as well as the technique that uses Japanese stab stitches for handstitching the spine. We recommend you attend the introductory workshop before attending the advanced session in July.

The advanced workshop will build on the skills learnt in the introductory class, as you learn more advanced hand-stitching techniques such as hemp leaf stitching.
 
 
 

KokedamaKokedama (moss balls)

Thu 24 Aug, 6pm–8pm | Library Shop, level 1 | $45 | Book online or call 3840 7576

Join crafter Akemi for a hands-on workshop creating Japanese kokedama plant balls with moss, soil and twine. You can create two moss balls — one with a succulent and the other with an indoor plant.

Bring an apron and a pair of protective gloves; coloured string if you wish to decorate your kokedama; and a container to transport your plans home.