Textile and Craft Maker Space @ Thomastown Library

In Partnership with Thomastown Neighbourhood House

The Thomastown Library Textile and Craft Maker Space is a space devoted to hand-crafting skills, from the basics to the advanced.

Utilising the skills and interests of the staff and community partners, the Maker Space consists of tools and technologies supported by courses, events and workshops that enable individuals and groups to learn new textile skills and to advance their knowledge in working clothing, embroidery, knitting, weaving and paper crafts.

A range of specialist equipment is accessible and free to use in the Maker Space. 

Equipment:

Sewing Machines

Overlockers used for edging, hemming, or seaming fabric.

Sewing tools and supplies, including buttons, zips, and thread.

An Elna Press that is a machine that uses pressure, heat and humidity to perfectly iron material.

Cutting table that assists with the precision cutting of fabrics.

ScanNCut printer* which scans and prints your designs onto paper or material.

Screen Printing supplies* where ink or paint can transfer images onto paper or fabric.

Mono Printing Supplies* where artworks can be transferred onto paper or material using ink or paint.

Paper Making Supplies*, including scrap paper and pans.

Weaving Supplies*, including thread and hand-held looms.

Basic Embroidery Machine* to add precise designs onto fabric for sewing and quilting projects.

Equipment marked with * can only be used during a library-run program.

How can you access this Maker Space?

The sewing equipment is all freely available for public use any time the library is open, and a range of library-run workshops from screen printing, weaving, beading, ceramics and leather craft and more are held on a regular basis.

More information on the sessions, workshops and events run by the Maker Space team are in the What’s On @YPRL events brochure, under the events listings on the website or speak to one of Thomastown Library’s friendly staff. Some events may require bookings.

People in the community are invited to drop off recycled materials, fabric offcuts, clothes, buttons, etcetera for donation to Thomastown Library. These donations will be sorted and materials selected for use in the Maker Space.

Programs:

Makers Mornings (Adults, Seniors) are drop-in sessions held on Thursdays. Bring a project you’re working on, learn some new textile skills, and get some expert advice.

Crochet and Quilting (Adults, Seniors) are a weekly Wednesday group where people can learn and share knowledge in crocheting and quilting in relaxed, social environment.

Basic Sewing Courses (All ages) are run in partnership with the Thomastown Neighbourhood House. This course goes for 5 weeks and covers the basics of machine sewing. It is offered twice yearly.

Kids Art Studio (Ages 5-12) is run in partnership with the Thomastown Neighbourhood House on the first Saturday of each month. These themed art events are facilitated by staff with an arts and design background.

Science Club (Ages 5–16) on selected Tuesdays kids can explore and be hands-on with experiments, science games and other fun.

Construction Club (Ages 5-12) each Thursday will feature a different theme where kids can construct a new project using material from wood to make a sculpture, through to LEGO.

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