Saturday, July 9, 2011

School holiday making, reading, buying & discovering

My friend told me the other day that I am no "casual crafter". I laughed, and said that must make me a "committed crafter"!! Or perhaps someone who is going to end up committed for too much crafting!

* Lily's class eat their lunch sitting on the lino, so these holidays I offered to make her a mat to sit on. She chose the placement of some Sherbet Pips by Aneela Hoey charm squares and I made this little quilt.

I thought this would do, but Lily wanted it to actually be a pillow. So I made one, and then made a cover out of flannel with an envelope opening with studs, to which I sewed the quilt. Now she is happy!

* I have been wanting to make myself some cloth pads for a while now. I found a great list of patterns here, but chose this pattern from parsnippity and this one from Adahy.

* Inspired by my friend Shannon's blog post, I joined my girls who were doing some beading and made this for myself!

* I really enjoyed reading this article "The Post Recession Fashion Industry: Sewing Circle Rebellion" on Ecosalon. I really liked this quote by Juliana Sabinson, a freelance sewing teacher and artist: Sabinson says it’s not all rebellion, however. When people are sewing and using their hands they are not only building a level of muscle memory, they are quieting their brains and giving themselves a space in which to be a designer.

* I've read lots of patchwork books, but I thought this one was a real treasure. Patchwork for Beginners by Sue Prichard (published by the V&A). Gorgeous pictures of vintage fabrics and quilts are combined with a brief description of the history of patchwork, and explanations of basic techniques, plus some projects.

* A few internet purchases have been made lately (oops!). A couple of specially wrapped parcels arrived recently.

Some gorgeous Japanese fabric and buttons from Voodoo Rabbit....

...and this deliciously soft custom-made neckie by Fibre Faerie. It's made from all natural fibres - bamboo, linen, cotton & wool.

* My Mum and I went to the Qld State Archives to do some family history research. I discovered that my great-great grandmother was a dressmaker! I cried when I found out, as I do feel like my sewing connects me to the women who have come before me.

* And as a postscript to my last post, my friend Naomi birthed her baby at home gently into water, a little boy called Rowan! She texted me a photo of him snuggled in his quilt this morning!


  1. A grandmother who was a dressmaker, time to make something for your daughter, time to make something for yourself and a time for a baby to be born...what a wonderful week! xx

  2. Love all the things youve been making, you have been very crafty! The clips come in handy on those pads don't they, must put some on mine to avoid that awkward moment when the pad drops in the toilet :-( eeew!
    That's so amazing that your great great grandmother was a dressmaker!!!