Rachel and I were extremely excited to receive the July 2015 issue of Homespun magazine. We knew that we had another project in the issue but had no idea that we would be on the cover..... so exciting!!!
How cute is the cover??? Homespun always do such a great job. Our challenge was to make Christmas chair covers that looked like presents. We made two each plus four gift tags. Three of the tags are on the cover.
We think the project looked good in the end. It was a bit of a challenge thinking of how to make the bows look good and still make the project, easy enough to follow. The magazine came out this week in Australia and also comes as a digital copy from Zinio.
This year I was asked to make the end of year gifts for
Lulu’s teacher. It was such an honour and pleasure to do this. The other mummies
chose fabric storage baskets. I decided to keep them quite neutral (linens) so
that way they could fit in most homes.
To make the baskets I took my linen and antique hemp
scraps ( I have a lot of these!) and I sewed them together using the ‘quilt as
you go method’. I then I appliqued a vintage doily to each and made up the
For their teacher who retired but still comes to school to do creative workshops I made these gorgeous lavender sachets.
To complete the gift I made personalised gift tags with
appliqued bits and pieces and embroidery. On the reverse side I embroidered
each teacher’s name and ‘class 4A 2015’ so they will always remember our kids!
I commissioned these protraits from Cathy Trolli a wonderful Italian artist. They were a Christmas gift for some very special friends. I have ordered many portraits from Cathy, I just love the way she interprets and captures each child's spirit! The fabulous thing is she works from photos so there's no long session sitting and posing for the portrait! The photos must not have any direct sunlight on them nor strong shadows and can be emailed to Cathy here ( email@example.com ) for a quote! Her prices are very good so don't be afraid to ask! The latest portraits I commissioned
Framed and in their new home!
A work in progress by Cathy so you can see how the photo is interpreted and transformed!
I love some many different styles. I love my Kanthas, I
love vintage, I love French style, I love kid’s style! So many I know it can be
The result is I go through phases, one day I’m inspired
by one style and the next something totally different so I just have to go with
the flow. Keeps things interesting!
When I went to the antique market I found a gorgeous
vintage hand embroidered linen tablecloth. About 10 days ago I pulled it out
and proceeded to make a series of items with different parts of it. I love
Pillow slips with the larger embroidery. Available in my
I just completed these 4 growth charts all heading off to new homes. I really love the way they turned out. My client requested animals to represent the Chinese zodiabc for each family member. Such a fun thing to do! Now onto the next set of charts!
My love of vintage kantha quilts grows and grows. I think
they are wonderful full of history and love, pain stakingly hand quilted! I
have many quilts and some of them I love to use to create new useful items. I
recently made these bags which I’m thrilled about.
The first is a shoulder bag, great to use as a market
bag, book bag, tote, sewing bag and so on. It’s completely reversible with no
exposed seams. Both sides are shown here. Available in my shop here.
The second is a shoulder bag with zipper closure. Great
to use as a handbags, knottin bag, sewing bag, diaper bag or even as a small
overnight bag. Available in my shop here.
I also recently made some reversible cushion slips with zipper closures. Both sides are photographed. I need some for my couch, they are so comfy! Available in my shop here and here.