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Creative hobby holidays around Australia

Tasmanian Craft Fair Adelaide Art Class Canberra Glassworks beads

Kaleidoscope: H. Pellikka via Wikimedia Commons | Glass beads: Pschemp via Wikimedia Commons

Tea cosies, doilies, lavender potpourri… boring! There’s more to art and craft than moth-balled wool. Spin yourself into elegant embroidery, gorgeous glasswork or picturesque portraits on one of our creative hobby holidays of Australia.

More craft than you can point a knitting needle at? With over 200 exhibitors over 4 days, you can stock up on the latest craft supplies, meet artisans and learn at workshops at the annual Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine, from 30 October to 02 November 2009. This hugely popular event offers an enormous range of goodies to get your nimble fingers into, from kaleidoscope-making to egg carving and candle wicking… and there’s even a sea creature workshop for kids. Unpack your gear at the nearby Launceston Country Club Villas and give those legs a workout with a spot of tennis or a round of golf on resort grounds.

Ever been caught doodling on your diary during a meeting? Perhaps it’s time to unleash your creative beast at an adult art class with a difference in Adelaide. Grab some friends and chill out with nibblies, music and wine while you use the supplied painting materials to reinvent expressionism. With your masterpiece tucked under your arm, arrive at the equally stunning Hotel Richmond and celebrate with your creative muses sipping cocktails at the chic bar.

How can sand turn into a work of art? There’s no magic trick required, just do an ‘off-the-street’ glassworks class in Canberra. Trained glass artists conduct workshops on how to fuse sheets of coloured glass, but if you prefer hands off, watch from above and visit the shop or attend a lecture in the restored powerhouse building. Take a stroll back to Rydges Capital Hill and relax in the garden atrium with a whole new appreciation for your glass of wine.

There’s more needles than haystacks at the Victorian tapestry workshop in Melbourne, with workshops running from September through to December on knitting, tapestry, pom pom making and crochet. Looking around is fun too, with a guided workshop tour where you can see artists in action and finished tapestries. Finish off your day at the Amora Riverwalk Melbourne where you can stroll down nearby Bridge Road shopping precinct.

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