Wilma Simmons Stick Dolls

Garden Threads Stick Doll with Wilma Simmons

Course Overview

Create and stitch your own ‘primitive’ doll with sticks and fabric. Use the inspiration of a garden to slow stitch a feature panel for your doll. Come and enjoy a day of reflective creative stitching .

Techniques :

  • Simple pattern making
  • Template sewing
  • Slow hand stitching
  • Fabric collage


Please bring 

  • Small quantity of fibre filling / soft toy filling 
  • Hand sewing kit , including needles, pins and scissors ( thimble optional) 
  • Optional : your choice of scraps of fabric in a coordinated colour palette ( note : fabrics are supplied) 

Fabrics, treated sticks and threads, coloured pencils and glue supplied

Teacher Profile

I am a mixed media and textile artist because what I do makes me happy and ‘reminds me that I have a soul.’ It took me a long time to take up an art practice as I worked in a diverse range of jobs before settling to teaching and high school administration as a career. I think we are all born artists but it takes some of us longer to develop and in my case, not until my “retirement” in 2005.
Some of the artistic highlights of the last few years have been:
teaching creative workshops at various levels and in diverse places;
exhibiting, solo and collaboratively;
co-curating and exhibiting “Stitched Up”, and “Stitched Up in Sydney” – an exhibition and installation celebrating the lives of child inmates of The Newcastle Industrial School (1867-1871).
co-ordinating community art programs including a village women’s project in Papua New Guinea and anti-domestic violence and homelessness projects with Timeless Textiles Gallery and a short artist residency at Studio Artes , Hornsby.
My art works are “handmade treasures”, inspired by special people, political and cultural issues and a sense of place and heritage. I like working with a mix of materials, especially those which are naturally found and recycled.
I hope that my art celebrates diversity, with a harmonious mixture of techniques, materials and ideas and will encourage others to create.

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.


01 Jun 2021


9:30 am - 4:30 pm