Fabrics

From the top: 'Ironing Day', 'Angelica Green', 'Margaret' and 'Francoise Beige'

From the top: ‘Ironing Day’, ‘Angelica Green’, ‘Margaret’ and ‘Francoise Beige’

I just wanted to share with you some images of some of my digital print fabrics. It’s so satisfying to start from a ‘doodle’ in my sketchbook, scan it onto my laptop and then be able to draw all over it and colour it in using my drawing tablet (I’ll take a photo of that soon so you can see what I’m talking about). I feel incredible freedom to be able to design WHATEVER I WANT! The only frustrating thing at the moment is that I’m so busy with the markets, orders, embroidery kits (and teaching of course) that I haven’t had the creative head space to design some new prints. I’m hanging out for the summer holidays. I’ll take my laptop, sketchbook, drawing tablet and reference materials up to my Mum’s for Christmas (she lives on the mid north coast of NSW) and hopefully I can just CREATE. Can’t wait.

The top design is 'Iris', then 'Angelica', "Grace', 'Edith and 'Eleanor'

The top design is ‘Iris’, then ‘Angelica’, “Grace’, ‘Edith and ‘Eleanor’

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Thinking

You know, a successful market day isn’t just about making sales (although they do make it pretty great) . My biggest joy comes from meeting lots of new people who share sewing and ‘making’ as a passion.

The heart beats a little faster and the talking slides up a notch when we start sharing stories. People yesterday were telling me about what past experiences the colours in the fabrics reminded them of, the pleasure and relaxation which comes from their ‘making’ and a common theme: I wish there was more time!

I heard about parents and grandparents who created through sewing, crochet or knitting and passed their love and talents for making onto their children and grandchildren. I heard about moving homes, planning new colour schemes and the excitement and relief of being able to access their packed boxes of materials. It makes my day.

As a textiles and art teacher in a large secondary school I often feel a slight sense of urgency to try to pass on this love of making to my students. Things have changed alot since I started teaching 23 years ago. It seems that fewer students have access to parents or grandparents who ‘make’. It is such a precious thing to create something that didn’t exist in this world until ‘we’ made it. Making really does feed the soul and helps us breathe.

Making is meditation, health giving and generous when shared with others. I told my Year 9 girls last week ‘if you have some solid sewing skills under your belt, a passion for making and a few creative ideas, the sky is the limit and your life will be richer. Oh, and you can even make a little pocket money for yourself (or alot!)’

Market Weekend

This Saturday, the 16 November, is the Emu Plains Market. I’ll be there, along with HEAPs of other stalls, selling a huge assortment of beautiful things and delicious food. The weather is meant to be fine which is a relief because we’ve had a fair bit of rain this week here in and around Melbourne.

On the stall I’ll have lots of fabric fat quarters, some 1 and 2 yard lengths of my printed fabrics (great for making gifts for loved ones for Christmas), screen printed embroidery kits (cushions in green, blue and red on pure linen), pincushion embroidery kits (in red, blue and green on linen), some gorgeous resin rings, some printed and embroidered cushions already made up (for those not yet confident with a needle, or, let’s face it, really busy!) I also have a few cotton voile tunic tops made up in some of my more popular fabrics. They come in one size (they fit me at size 20, and also look great on someone slightly smaller than that). I live in them, with white singlets underneath and they are SO comfortable to wear. Look great over bathers too!

Anyway, if you are planning to visit the Emu plains Market at the Balnarring racecourse on Saturday, please come and say hi. Introduce yourself – I love meeting new people. We can share sewing stories!

 

Inspiration

I find inspiration everywhere, but I am particularly drawn to vintage objects. I’ve collected them since my early twenties (gosh, about 24 years) and I love arranging, rearranging and sketching them into my sketchbook. Objects with mysterious histories having witnessed the lives of people in other times and places. I remember many of the places where I bought them, or who gave them to me as a special gift. They now have my history attached to them. Where will they go next? Who will treasure them? It’s a special kind of recycling…..

In the Meantime

A quiet moment before printing begins

A quiet moment before printing begins

I have been getting on with preparing for the next market day – this Saturday at Emu Plains. Watching the long-term weather forecast and hoping for good weather.