Creative Classes

Here at our Counting Stitches store in Hastings we often run creative and learning classes in various subjects for beginners through to seasoned experts. Below are some of the areas we offer. If you would like to know more, register your interest and we will be in touch to let you know when the classes are scheduled to run.

Refund Policy

A lot of thought and time has gone into the scheduling of classes and making a commitment to teachers to

hold these classes. Whilst we understand things happen in life we still need to pay our teachers even

if you do not come, the following refund policy applies to all classes.

10 weeks before Workshop: 90% of amount paid returned (as refund or store credit)
5-8 weeks before Workshop: 50% of Event Fees returned (as refund or store credit)
2-5 weeks prior event: 25% of Event Fees returned (as refund or store credit)
Two weeks prior to event: No refund

Booking Policy 

Bookings are taken on a first come first serve basis – there are limited places for all classes. Alternatively you can book by calling the store. Please note: bookings are accepted in date and time order (either online, by phone or in person)

Upcoming Classes
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Bag Making

Want to learn about bag making but don't know where to start? Our classes teach you the basic sewing techniques and what materials are needed. New class availble monthly.

Foundation Paper Piecing

Progressing towards Judy Niemeyer Foundation Paper Piecing certification by December 2018. This is patchworkig technique that allows you to create definite sharp lines and edges and produces stunning quilts, table runners, wall hangings and more. Ideal for intermediate to advanced patchworkers.


Applique is a perfect way to jazz up clothing, bags, quilts and more. This technique allows you to be as creative as you want with your designs. Classes in reverse applique, hand applique and machine applique available.

Dress Making

Learn basic techniques to get you started on your dress making journey. New classes monthly. 


Patchwork is the art of sewing together beautiful pieces of fabric to form a pattern or block. Specialising in modern designs and fabrics, we hope to bring patchwork into the 21st century. All skill levels welcome to join our variety of classes on offer.

Block of the Month

Starting in February 2020 our next BOM is Teapot Sampler by Jason Yenter. $120.00 for the 1st month and then 44.50 per month for 8 months to finish this stunning quilt.


Foundation Paper Piecing

Impatiens Placemats

Class:                            Saturday 4 April 2020                              9-4pm

Another Quiltworx foundation paper pieced project this is a fat quater friendly pattern.

You will have the templates and papers to complete four of these beautiful placemats

Class Fee: $45.00 plus Pattern $59.00

Mystery Quilt Weekend

Mystery Quilt

Our mystery is not just A Quiltworx Pattern but as a vehicle to teach methods, tips, tricks, helps and hints.

As this is a Mystery Quilt weekend I can't show the actual quilt (sort of spoils the mystery!)
Join in the fun of creating a quilt without knowing what it will look like.
Can't tell you too much about this - it's a mystery!
Can tell you that you will love the quilt you make, because you get to choose from two colour ways of fabric. What skills to learn? You will have to join the class to solve the mystery.
Great for beginners and advanced patchworkers..
 (But you won’t know what the finished quilt will look like until you finish making it)

$250.00 includes pattern& fabric kit, morning and afternoon teas, lunch on Saturday.

Fabric Painting Beginners Class 2 Day Class

Fabric Painting with Jo Hollings for Beginners

Come join Jo where she will teach you to Paint with Inktense pencils on fabric.

Basic blending techniques. How to transfer design to fabric.  How to make fine lines.
 Followed by quilting n design options..

Class: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March 2020                         10-4pm

Class Fee: $90.00

please come in for your needs list before class

Beginners Class

New York Beauty

New York Beauty is an introduction to Quiltworx foundation paper piecing. In this class you will learn all the tips and techniques to easy paper piecing. You will complete a 20" block that can be used to make either a cushion bag panel or purchase more papers to make a table runner or quilt.

Class:                Saturday 22 February 2020                 10-4pm.

Fee; $40.00 + foundation papers $12.50

All Levels Class

Star Baby Quilt

Star Baby is a Quiltworx foundation Pieced Baby quilt or the start of something bigger.

Whether you are experienced or a biginner this is a great class for everyone.

The pattern gives you all the papers and templates needed to finish this quilt. There are enough papers provided within the pattern to complete two quilts.

Class:             Saturday 7 March 2020                   10-4pm

Class fee: $45.00 plus pattern $44.50

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Interested in attending a class?

Select your class here and book online or complete the contact form below and we'll let you know when the next classes are scheduled.

2020 Class Schedule

15 Jan 2020

Sit n Sew everydat Class

Twisted Threads


A stitching lounge

The stitching lounge is open every Thursday 11-2pm.

Come and join us to stitch, gossip, share your knowledge while you complete your hand sewing projects


Tea & Coffee provided

Class Fee: $20.00

13 Jan 2020

Everyday Classes

Sewng Gossip

Every Tuesday                                       11-2pm                                 $20.00

Our Sew Gossip weekly sew together. Bring along your project sit, gossip or share.

Beginners this is best suited for you add $10.00 to fee per session.

Call us for info

Tea & Coffee provided

14 Jan 2020

Everyday Casual Classes

Sewcialtites Evenings

Come and join others sewers and quilters, share and learn from each other.

Stitch the evening away- work ethic optional

Class Fee: $20.00

Every Wednesday Evening 6-9pm.

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Contact Us

Counting Stitches

117a Avenue Road East



Call us:

06 878 9083

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Mon-Tues & Thurs: 10am - 4.30pm

Wed             10.30am-9pm

Fri:               10am - 4:30pm

Sat:              10am - 4pm

Sun:              Closed