Botanical Fabricators

We work with fabric crafts (hand sewing, machine sewing and embroidery) using materials or designs featuring and highlighting the beauty of Australian native plants.

When we meet

Come and join us, all are welcome. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10am to 1.30pm in the Elliot Centre (which is near the Cranbourne Gardnes Main Office). Tea or coffee is provided, but BYO lunch.

Our friendly group is always keen to welcome new members. There are activities for all, whether you do machine sewing or hand stitching. Tea & coffee are provided, you just need to bring along a sandwich (or something!) for lunch.

If you have any queries please contact Gwen Elliot:
T 03 8774 2483

Update June 2017

The Sixth Australian Textile Exhibition was held in the Australian Garden Visitor Centre from Tuesday 28 February through to Sunday 5 March 2017. This year’s exhibition was for six days rather than the ten days in previous years, and did not include the Labour Day weekend. Our attendances were still approximately the same number of people per day as in previous years. There were visitors from throughout Victoria and all Australian states with the exception of the Northern Territory.

We had overseas visitors from New Caledonia, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Russia, Indonesia and India. The winner of the quilt raffle was Janet Goodyer from Trigg, England, who was staying with friends who live in bayside Melbourne. The second prize of a bag plus fabrics went to Margaret Brown of Yallourn North, and the third prize of four patchwork and quilting books was received with much pleasure by Joan Bowman of Berwick.

Our thanks are again due to Leesa Chandler of Chandler’s Cottage, who was the main organiser of the exhibition and donated the quilt that was the major prize in the raffle. Items made by members of the Botanical Fabricators group were also displayed in the auditorium, and our sales of just over $2000 will further assist in the ongoing development of the Cranbourne Gardens.
The dates for next year’s Australian Textile Exhibition will be different. It will be held from Tuesday 8 May through to Sunday 13 May 2018 (Mother’s Day).

If you would like more information about how to get involved, contact Gwen on 8774 2483 or via email at