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.

Making Things

I’ve been busy making plans…. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting sewing tutorials. I thought you might like some tips on how to use basic embroidery stitches to create personalised artworks and/or practical and beautiful textile items. I’ve had lots of people tell me at the markets that they would love to learn how to sew but they don’t know how to start – well, my hope is that you will feel confident enough to try my little projects in the haven of your own homes.

I’ll include materials lists (all available easily at Spotlight), photographs and accompanying text. I love teaching and it would give me such a thrill to be able to help someone try something new. Something I hope would give you pleasure and a feeling of satisfaction and pride.

Alot of people are afraid to put zips in when sewing. I suspect it’s because the instructions supplied with some commercial sewing patterns are very difficult to decipher. Also, I remember my mum always avoiding zips in her sewing because she thought they were too hard. I heard it alot growing up, it was almost an urban myth. I think that  people just weren’t able to access the right kind of help. There are a couple of very simple ways of putting zips in. I’ll set up a simple project or two for you.

Hope you are all having a lovely day! If you are in Melbourne, enjoy the weather!

It’s been too long

046044043hello friends, I fear it has been far too many weeks since I last posted. I haven’t felt that I’ve had anything of any interest to say but hopefully i’ve turned a corner. Was bale to catch up with lovely Vicki and Tim at Kallista – so lovely, and we had a good day as usual – great crowd, lovely chats, good sales. On the way home from the market I called in to ‘Metisse’ (stunning little interiors shop in Olinda) because I always like to purchase something small there and their genuine vintage French stock is divine. It’s just changed hands and a lovely interior designer called Lorna has bought the shop and has great plans. Anyway, she saw the bag I was carrying and asked me about it. One thing led to another and I ended up getting everything out of the back of the car to show her. WOW! She took three of my screenprinted and embroidered cushions, has asked me to make two Christmas stockings and three more cushions in my ‘Christmas’ fabrics, and best of all, she asked to get a sample book of my fabric print designs. This is what I set out to do and hope to grow – creating printed fabrics that people would like to have in their homes and on their bodies! I got awfully excited and am always so delighted when others like my work. I’ve since been sewing and printing madly getting ready for the Emu Plains Market which were yesterday. I did it and was pleased. I had a great day. Gosh, it’s a gorgeous market in SUCH a beautiful setting under the stringy barks at the Balnarring Racecourse. I desperately wanted to get around and see what was available at other stalls but I couldn’t leave the stall! Hopefully next month I can nip away but we’ll have to see. It was a very affirming day and I met so many really nice people (I love doing markets for this reason!)