Sailor’s Ditty Bag Workshop at the Rare Trades Centre

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Learn to sew a sailor’s ditty bag with Rick Mitchell.

This pouch was traditionally used to store the small tools of a sailor’s trade and was made from the offcuts of sail canvas.

In this full-day workshop, you will learn to make your own ditty bag using traditional tools such as a sailmaker’s palm and needle.

At the end of the day, you can carry your belongings home in your ditty bag.

Held at Ballarat’s Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades, a world-class facility dedicated to learning and preserving Australia’s rare arts and trades through a series of workshops, masterclasses, events and residencies.

Content: Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades

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  • Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

23 Mar

9:00am - 5:00pm

Rare Trades Centre

Bradshaw Street, Golden Point VIC 3350

$230.00 per person

All materials and supplies provided; participants leave with a handcrafted stitched canvas drawstring Ditty Bag.


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