Forager’s Nest Art Space, textiles teacher

Forager’s Nest Art Space

Forager’s Nest Art Space
5.0 (53)

Championing local artists with a strong connection to our environmental impact and presence, this art space showcases handcrafted giftware made by artisans with highly developed skills and practise. It also allows a comfortable space for those newly interested in creative making, to learn and share skills through our workshop facility.


Weaving the Garden Workshop: Random Weave

5.0 (9)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Red Hill

1 to 6

label $95

Fabric Coiled Basket Making Class

5.0 (11)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Red Hill

1 to 6

label $95

Weaving the Garden Workshop: Coiled Baskets

5.0 (2)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $95

Basket Twining Workshop: Weaving the Garden

4.7 (7)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $95

Lino Cut, Print and Colour Workshop

5.0 (7)

date_range Sat 24 Aug, 1pm

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $140

Weaving the Garden Class: String Bags

date_range 1 Aug, 22 Aug

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $80 - $95

Loom Weaving with Nature Class

date_range Tue 6 Aug, 10am

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $95

Petrykivka Painting Workshop

5.0 (2)

date_range 17 Aug, 22 Sep

location_on Red Hill

1 to 10

label $120

Eco Dyeing Workshop: Concertina Book

date_range Thu 29 Aug, 10am

location_on Red Hill

1 to 6

label $120

Giant Paper Flower Making Workshop

5.0 (9)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $75

Copper Leaf Making Workshop

5.0 (2)

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 10

label $120

Palm Weaving Workshop: Create Unique Accessories

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 6

label $95

Painting Sessions for Adults Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 5

label $50

Coiling Jewellery, Buttons and Beads Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $95

Slow Stitch Glasses Pouch Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $95

Intermediate Large Market Baskets Course

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 6

label $420

A Foraged Christmas: Decor from Natural Materials Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Red Hill

1 to 8

label $95




Carissa Efford Jul 2024

A beautiful morning with lovely people, creating and sharing. Caitlin is so generous with her knowledge and time, and with sharing delicious cake!
An inspiring and uplifting workshop

Jewellery Making class review by Carissa Efford - Brisbane

Kaylene Bell Jul 2024

Fun, interesting, lovely teacher and shop staff. Happy with my finished product. Beautiful morning tea as well.

Veronica Pratt Jul 2024

Had a lovely mother and daughter time creating small woven baskets in the lstudio. Teacher was great and we learned about the types of leaves provided with their botanical names.we used. The class was definitely value for money and we oth enjoyed our time in the studio

Kelly Hendry Jun 2024

Wonderful energetic instructor. I had a fabulous fun morning learning a new craft that I can put to use at home.

Lisa Griffiths Jun 2024

Wonderful class in an excellent space. Not too many people in the class meant ample room for printing and a lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend!

Julia Driver Jun 2024

Bettina was very accomodating and welcoming during the workshop and I walked away confident that I could make more giant paper flowers at home.
Bettina allowed me to experiment and add my own flair to the design.
Really happy with the finished flowers! Would definitely book a workshop here again.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Julia Driver - Brisbane

Andrea Tidey May 2024

Megan is an engaging teacher, the materials and guidance provided was perfect. So was the chocolate cake and tea :-) Lovely location too. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon!

Lino Cut, Print and Colour Workshop review by Andrea Tidey - Brisbane

Kim Hicks May 2024

Amazing! Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon. I have wanted to do this class for ages and it did not disappoint. Highly recommended X

Print Making class review by Kim Hicks - Brisbane

Lyndal Hargrave May 2024

Thoroughly enjoyable class that was relaxed, hands on and informative. Studio setting is really pleasant and Bettina was fun and knowledgeable.

Juliana Miada May 2024

Belinda was great! Very warming and patient. I loved learning a new technique that will allow me to create new flowers.

Suzanne Sabolcec Apr 2024

We had an absolute ball doing this class and walking away with a funky basket that we made ourselves. Our teacher Bettina was not only incredibly knowledgeable but also friendly and funny.
Looking forward to more classes in the future with this venue/teacher.

Annette Macan Apr 2024

A great experience
Bettina was very patient and I leant new skills
Well worth the money

Kathy Thornton Mar 2024

A lovely artistic venue. Bettina was a very warm and supportive instructor and the class was small so we had lots of support. I went home and made two more baskets! It’s a lovely skill to have. Thank you

Basket Twining Workshop: Weaving the Garden review by Kathy Thornton - Brisbane

Gail Philogene Mar 2024

Hi Bettina, I loved this class, and can tick off all the above comments with 5⭐️
Also, Megan was so generous and patient with her time and talent.
Goes without saying, your space is unparalleled in its calm, creative atmosphere. I felt so inspired to return for future workshop/shopping experiences
Gail Philogene ????

Suzy Mellor Mar 2024

Fabulous afternoon in a wonderful space. Not to mention - great cake! Will come again for sure.

Nancy Cramond Mar 2024

Thoroughly enjoyed this insight into egg decoration. Great instruction and good company. Venue full of interesting things.

Rosalind Wilson Mar 2024

I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to make fabric coiled baskets. The skills that I learnt can be applied to a range of projects. It was great to discover a relaxing craft that will build my confidence with colour.

Davina Nowland Mar 2024

Elizabeth is a genuine, lovely person with a strong interest and skills in creative arts.
She guided us through traditional Easter egg dying from her cultural background experience and has perfected a simple yet effective way to teach and succeed at the outcome within the time frame of the class.
It offered a chance to be relaxed amidst our busy life!
The Forager’s Nest is a beautiful studio and this workshop was great value for money as all materials are provided. My adult daughter and I enjoyed the afternoon being creative with the group.
Foragers Nest has a large Gift Shop supplying local handmade crafts.

Karen Barns Mar 2024

Great space to be inspired. Great teacher
Wonderful morning with my sister learning how to make paper flowers. Beautiful.
Now all skilled up to decorate a wedding

Marina Marangos Mar 2024

We met Elzabeth Gunko who took this class. A lovely Ukrainian girl with lots of talent. She spoke to us about the traditions of egg painting and then we set about doing one of our own. It is a great way to spend a few hours, outlining the pattern, applying the wax, dyeing your egg and finally revealing the pattern and the colours. Just a beautiful contemplative way to create something stunning. Mine was not as good perhaps as Elize's but I took my egg home over joyed with my efforts. Marina

Painting class review by Marina Marangos - Brisbane

Dinah Snowden Feb 2024

It was very relaxing whilst learning new skills. Everyone friendly and encouraging. Lovely tea, cake.

Lauren Tucker Feb 2024

Loved the lino cut workshop with Megan today at foragers! I learnt so much, and it was very relaxing carving out my lino picture.

The actual space itself is amazing, loads of inspiring and beautiful things to see/ buy, and Bettina the owner is a super warm and friendly host!

Thanks for the great day I’ll be back.

Print Making class review by Lauren Tucker - Brisbane

Hendrina (Ineke) de Vries Feb 2024

This was a great and relaxing workshop. It was lovely to sit in the air conditioned gallery space, surrounded by the beautiful creations of local artists. Bettina is a great teacher and I went home with three gorgeous paper roses.

Janice Ellis Feb 2024

Bettina was wonderfully qualified to introduce me to the art of coiling fabric baskets. She was helpful and personal. I enjoyed our conversations. Can’t wait to do another of her workshops. Great value for money. The shop is just amazing with over 60 local artists work. I know where I’ll be doing my gift shopping. Thank you!

Emmeline Elizabeth Leggett Dec 2023

I really enjoyed Betina's teaching style. A well structured class so participants can leave with a small basket or more than enough materials to finish the project at home. A fun environment, the workshop taking place instore at Foragers Nest so the inspiration and eclectic artisan obects on sale surrounding the work area was the perfect place to be.

Beate Poida Oct 2023

Bettina is a fabulous and very knowledgeable teacher. The studio and the provided materials were amazing. She explained and modelled the twining and weaving process very well and I thoroughly enjoyed this 3 hour workshop. I am thrilled with my gorgeous looking basket and cannot recommend this class enough. I will definitely go again. Five stars from me.

Miriam Balmaceda Oct 2023

I loved the class. The teacher was great and she created a wonderful atmosphere. I learnt a lot about the different painting techniques and how to mix colours. I felt encouraged and supported. The venue was beautiful and inspiring!

Josephine Bufford Oct 2023

We had a fantastic time at this workshop. The team were welcoming and had a fantastic sense of humour and their guidance /teaching was organic and fluid. We're exited to attend another workshop.

Anni Webster Oct 2023

This workshop was fabulous. Elizabeth, the art teacher was experienced, patient, and an excellent teacher. It is very good value for money with all materials and afternoon tea supplied. I am hopeless at drawing and have never painted, but left with a fully framed art work that looked similar to this one pictured. I took my granddaughter, and we both loved it, especially doing it together. The class would make a wonderful Christmas present, given as a gift voucher. Highly recommended for all ages from early teens to 80 year olds.
Anni Webster

Petrykivka Painting Workshop review by Anni Webster - Brisbane

Suzanne Byrnes Sep 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed the random weave workshop with Bettina at Foragers Nest. Bettina is very knowledgeable, professional, warm and helpful. The workshop space is really nice, it's part of the gallery space but kind of fenced off by shelving. There's a toilet and kitchenette close by. The natural fibres were really interesting to work with and learn about. We got hands on almost straight away with Bettina talking us through the history, the fibres and how they behave etc. We loved the jam drops with morning tea too.

Cynthia Wardle Aug 2023

I had a great class in basket weaving at Foragers nest. My teacher clearly demonstrated what I needed to do and helped me along the way. All the materials I needed were provided, along with coffee and cake!

Teacher's response

Thankyou for your kind words Cynthia, really enjoyed our constructive playtime together.

Eliza Warren Aug 2023

What a great workshop! The art studio where the workshop was held is a really welcoming and calming place with lots of creations to look at and be inspired by. I loved the way that the facilitator showed me how to do the coiled basket instead of just telling me, it was a really easy way to learn and follow along. And I had no idea that making a basket out of rags would be so easy and satisfying! The tea and biscuits provided were also really nice, and I don't like all workshops but I'm so glad I went along to this one.

Fabric Coiled Basket Making Class review by Eliza Warren - Brisbane

Teacher's response

Wow Eliza,
Thankyou for your kind words and your efforts are well rewarded - the finished basket photographs so well and it looks a useful size as well as being so attractive - Good on you!

Ingrid Larkin Aug 2023

I loved this workshop. It was a wonderful way to spend a few hours with new friends on a Sunday morning. I started the base of my fabric scrap basket and over the past couple of weeks have enjoyed spending an hour or so most evenings adding to the basket. It's destined as a special gift for a friend's birthday in October. Bettina was a great facilitator, with patience and sharing of tips. And the space is a beautiful gallery of talented local artisans and makers.

Fabric Coiled Basket Making Class review by Ingrid Larkin - Brisbane

Teacher's response

Thank you for your kind words, Ingrid. So pleased you took up the project to create such a wonderful gift. A very lucky friend, indeed.
Warm wishes and happy stitching!

Andi Mutch Jul 2023

Bettina was a great teacher and very knowledgeable of the craft and I learnt a lot in a short time. It was organised and fun and I recommend the class to anyone wanting to explore weaving

Louise Walsh Jul 2023

Loved working with foraged natural materials for this basket twining course, it’s harder to do than it looks! Bettina is a super teacher, would love to do another class with her.

Anna Krispel Jul 2023

Benita was a lovely workshop host. The workshop was really chilled out and in a lovely work space that was nice to work in. I liked that all materials were supplied and I could just show up.
I would definitely recommend this as a fun thing to do with family and friends.

Shane Loake Jul 2023

Very helpful and fun. You can tell she was passionate about foraging and basket making

R Dolan Jul 2023

Bettina is hugely amazingly helpful and inspirational. Always enjoy the amazing workshops at Foragers Nest

Hendrina Vries Jun 2023

I was attracted to this class to recycle some of the bags full of old materials that I have in my cupboards in a creative way. I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Bettina is a competent and inspiring teacher. She explained the process of fabric basket making clearly and gave me lots of ideas for future projects. The venue at Forager's Nest Art is easy to find and easy parking at the front door or the side streets. The gallery is full of beautifully crafted work by local artists and worthy of a good look . It was a wonderfully, relaxing way to spend a Saturday morning. I will definitely be looking into one of the workshops on offer at Forager's Nest.

Textiles class review by Hendrina Vries - Brisbane

Lisa Koh Jun 2023

Tina was absolutely amazing in teaching this beginner random weave class. I have never weaved before but I have thoroughly enjoyed this experience and walked away with a new potential hobby.
Tina was mindful and caring about the weaving practice and how we as humans could utilise natural resources by foraging correctly, which was a wonderful perspective to learn. The weaving experience itself was therapeutic and very much enjoyable.

Elizabeth Wilson May 2023

Good length of workshop, achieved what we needed and time to practice enough to gain some techniques and ask for help with issues as they arose. All of the supplies were easy to use and access. Our lovely teacher was very attentive and hands on helping, chatty and provided constructive feedback. The space was beautiful with great light, warm and comfortable. We were offered cups of tea and opportunities to stretch and stand. I now have a lovely bowl Thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you.

Amanda Schein May 2023

Teacher was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Learnt twining and weaving techniques and was able to put these into practice on my own during the workshop. Got lots of inspiration to forage for natural materials to use in future projects. Workshop space was great, was lovely to be surrounded by unique pieces by local makers. Overall, really enjoyed it!

Elli Blackwell May 2023

Absolutely loved my Coiled Basket class! Thank you Bettina for such a fun afternoon, and for opening up a whole new world of possibilities for me

Teacher's response

Thank you, Elli! We love to have a play, thank you for a wonderful class.

Irene Thompson Mar 2023

My daughter Lucy and I really enjoyed this class. Bettina is a very friendly and patient teacher, and she was able to explain the required techniques in a way we could easily understand and apply. We learnt the entire process of making a woven coil basket from start to finish, and we were both delighted with the finished products we took home. Bettina had lots of baskets on hand in a variety of colours, stitches and media that really highlighted the versatility of this craft and gave us lots of inspiration for future projects. Lucy is already working on a new project as I type this review! Forager's Nest is a delightful co-operative art space with lots of beautiful and creative things to admire and purchase. The excellent tea and shortbread for morning tea was an added bonus. Highly recommended!

Fabric Coiled Basket Making Class review by Irene Thompson - Brisbane

Teacher's response

Hi Irene

Thank you so much. We are glowing with your kind words. We loved hosting Lucy and yourself here at Foragers Nest. Enjoy your new craft adventures.

Bettina & Nat

Ruth Newby Mar 2023

Bettina's class was great value! I learned loads and left feeling that I could not only make a coiled basket but could apply the technique to other forms, and utilise other media. The venue is such a lively and creative space! I should have done more work and less exploring all the inspiring art around the art space. Looking forward to booking another class with Bettina at this workshop.

Courtney Snowdon Feb 2023

Terrific class today with our skilled teacher. Beautiful environment and very enjoyable experience. Many thanks.

Teacher's response

Thank you for your kind words , Courtney. Was lovely to meet you both and happy to offer whatever encouragement you need to keep coiling.


Thomas Jan 2023

We made a beautiful bouquet of paper roses.
Very friendly teacher, Great result. Would recommend

Alyssa Simoni Jan 2023

I loved this class. Bettina was so attentive to us and made us feel at home. I am so happy with how our flowers turned out and it was great to see all the other things she had available at her shop too! Would highly recommend this workshop to anyone.

Paper Craft and Ink class review by Alyssa Simoni - Brisbane

Emily Hylard Nov 2022

Loved the class! Excellent teacher and such a lovely location. Really liked the range of fibers we were provided to work with. Very happy with my first basket and am inspired to make more.

Andie Fox Oct 2022

Teacher is amazing. Really enjoyable class. Felt like we were in a wonderland. So relaxing.

Scott Barber Sep 2022

The venue and instructor were excellent. Really nice Saturday morning activity for our first wedding anniversary (paper!)

Catherine McGregor Jul 2022

Beautiful setting with a very knowledgeable and helpful teacher. Throughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend to all.

Textiles class review by Catherine McGregor - Brisbane

Rosalie Dolan May 2022

Bettina is an inspiration teacher who truly knows her subject. The venue is awesome - surrounds you with wonderful artisnal creations. I learnt so much today that I can explore. Will definitely be doing more classes.

Teacher's response

Thanks Rosalie that’s so kind of you, and as always, it’s totally my pleasure, allows me time off to play!

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