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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Super Powers...

I realised today that I may have a special ability, a superpower of sorts. Nothing as exciting as leaping over tall buildings or even washing the dishes in a flash, this one involves Op-Shops.It's a kind of psychic ESP thing that urges me to go to a specific Op-Shop, totally out of my way, because I get a feeling that something really good is waiting for me there. I only officially recognised I had this talent today, when for no particular reason I had to visit the Salvos in Balaclava. I'd only been there once in the past with little success, but today I just had a feeling... And lo and behold I found the most beautiful and amazing woollen coat for Emma that will fit her perfectly next winter.I call it the Sound of Music coat, because I imagine its what one of the children wore as the were hiking over the Alps to escape from the Nazis... Simple styling with a detachable hood, forest green wool felt, made in Austria. It's the details that have won my heart though. The label, the leather hook loop on the collar, the little metal coin buttons that hold the buttons. It even has little vents under the arms so you don't over heat. Its in perfect condition and cost me all of $8.99, see what I mean about super powers?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Too Cool...

I rarely get a decent photo of Emma these days, she is constantly in the move. Out of the 100 or so I took of her today, this was the only one that was not blurred and in focus. We were playing dress-ups with these sunglasses. Very Audrey Hepburn-esque don't you think?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pattern tracing made easy...

Just thought I'd quickly share a little trick that I sometimes use to trace patterns, it may come in handy.
Most of my sewing projects at the moment tend to come from either Japanese craft books or Burda Magazines that use these large printed pattern sheets with multiple patterns. You need to trace the pattern you want to use onto another piece of paper.
I find using see through tracing-paper difficult to work with because it's quite flimsy, so mostly I use cheap stiff interfacing.
Yesterday I only had a few small pattern pieces to trace and no interfacing left. I improvised by sticking the master pattern to a window with blue-tac, the light shining through helps you see the lines through regular photocopy paper.
I had some A3 printer paper lying around. Just hold it up to the window and mark your lines.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


I received a lovely surprise in my in-box this morning from Elizabeth Abernathy who has recently completed her very first issue of Nuno Magazine. It's 150 ad-free pages of craft, sewing and knitting ideas utilizing recycled and salvaged materials, and each project is complete with patterns and instructions. Elizabeth was kind enough to send me a copy for review. You all know how I love a bit of re-purposing and refashioning, and Nuno was full of great ideas I haven't even considered. The theme for this edition was FOREST with all the projects and ideas inspired by the woodland. Here are pictures of a couple of my favourite projects.
::Salvaged Leather Mushrooms::

::Felt & Pebble Jewellery::
This project is included in the free 20 page preview, along with good instructions on how to felt cast-off sweaters...another of my favourite textiles to work with.
I may try this concept in really bright colours...

You can download a preview copy of Nuno here

A full version is only US$5, buy it on the Nuno Magazine blog

Friday, August 13, 2010

I'm sure you're sick of seeing unfinished pieces of this quilt, I know I am. The good news is all 30 squares are now pieced and quilted, so all that's left to do is sew them together, back and bind. Hopefully the next picture I post will be a completed quilt, Yay! I really want it to be finished so I can move onto other projects, I'm unmotivated to start anything else till it's out of the way.
I'll have to get past my 'sewers block' this weekend though, because I'm hoping to make some new bits and pieces for my stall at Mathilda's Market next weekend. I always set myself unrealistic targets, but as Mr Man always says "Pressure makes Diamonds..."