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.


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 Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Office). Tea or coffee is provided, but BYO lunch.


Members of the Botanical Fabricators group are now busy sewing once more, following the success of the Australian Textile Exhibition in February/March.

About 2500 visitors attended the exhibition and their comments were very positive.

The response to our raffle was also very positive, with everyone eager to win the first prize of a Wattle and Gum quilt generously donated by Leesa Chandler, and also the second prize of an attractive bag featuring an Under the Australian Sun fabric with a red waratah, made by Carlene Gosbell.

The lucky winner of the quilt was Val Cahill, who held Ticket 2451. The bag was won by Julie Clearwater with ticket 1800 and the third prize, a box of items made by members of the Botanical Fabricators group, went to Jan Pleavin, who had ticket 902. The raffle proceeds of $4528 will considerably assist in the development of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne.

Sales of items made by the Botanical Fabricators came to over $2700, making it a very successful exhibition from every point of view.

Sincere thanks to Leesa Chandler of Chandlers Cottage for her huge input into this event. Leesa is already planning for another similar display in 2016 as well as another release of new fabrics depicting our spectacular Australian native plants.

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.

To get the latest information on where and when you can meet up with us, please contact Gwen Elliot.

T: (03) 8774 2483.