Friday, September 19, 2014

Pillows and pouches

It's no secret I love making bags and pouches, they are so much fun! I had this old hand embroidered linen table cloth. I think it comes from Eastern Europe and is embroidered in wool. I love the colours they used combined with the linen fabric. I decided to repurpose the tablecloth and have made some pillows and pouches.

I also made some other pouches with a mix of fabrics and trims, some are antique French and Italian, one is vintage and the other is vintage Japanese.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lovely antique bags

I made these bags a while ago, very slow to blog things! I'm trying to improve nad blog more often. Today Lulu is back to school so I'm up early for my 'internet quiet time'! 

I made these bags with antique hemp /linen and then appliqued all different fabrics and trims. The embroidered fabrics are vintage.

This is my stash from the market last weekend. Such a great morning with my friend. I love, love, love my stash and couldn't wait to use a little of it so made a lovely little pouch

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Santas going to a new home

Finished these gorgeous santas and mailing them off today. I love making these they are so much fun. I had to make 12 for my client so of course I made an extra 3 for my shop! I also have a pattern available for santas.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Christmas is near

 I can't believe I'm already thinking about Christmas, my favourite time of the year. Hopefully I will have some time to complete some new patterns and create something new! I've already been working on some Christmas orders. I sent these Christmas stockings to a new home about a month ago!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Growth charts for sisters Presleigh and Isabella

 These are 2 growth charts sent last week for 2 sisters. I loved the theme their mum chose and was very please with the outcome. Hope they like theme!

For Isabella 

For Presleigh

Friday, September 05, 2014

Applique quilt blocks

These are some applique quilt blocks I've prepared for a customer. She is going to make up the quilt with some fabrics she has. i hope she likes them and will send me a photo when the quilt is made!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

More gorgeous work by mum

 This is something I've been dying to photograph! Christmas is nearing so I thought I would blog it now. Mum started this table runner 3 or 4 years ago when she was here in Italy for Christmas. She's been picking it up and putting down for some time now. I think it's nearing completion. She just makes it up as she goes and I just love it!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Growth chart Roderick

I finished this chart a few weeks ago for Roderick. His mummy wanted an under the sea theme with lobsters and a fisherman.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Finally finished!!!

I've been meaning to make this pattern for my shop for such a long time! Finally I bit the bullet, sat down today and wrote it! I must say it took quite some time so I'm pleased it's done. The pattern is a downloadable PDF pattern and is 20 pages including diagrams, photos and explanations.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


This is definitely an epic project. I started quite some time ago and literally haven't picked it up for more than a year because I was too busy with orders. Going home and seeing mum's progress has inspired me to pull it out and get working on it. 

Initial inspiration for this project has come from wonderful Pam Garrison I so love everything she does. Go and visit her blog to see her beautiful work.

Vintage embroidery with new embroidery!

 Vintage fabric heart applique and detail of a Browyn Hayes embroidery from one of her books.

 Appliqued, raw edge hexies using antique handwoven Italian hemp, linens and pieces of vintage embroideries. I still have work to do here there will be some embroidery here and there.
 More hexies placed near a gorgeous monogram mum gave me.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Some new goodies

A couple of weeks ago I finished these sweet totes. I love this birdie design on a branch with berries. To make the bag a little more interesting I also added a little patchwork at the bottom.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A wonderful portrait of my nephew

I asked my friend Cathy to do a portrait of my nephew and she has finished. her work is amazing and to think she works from a photo. I can't wait until I need to give another gift to someone to order some more portraits from her! To see some more of her work or to contact her you can visit her Facebook page

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Love, love, love and want

 I love the bag mum made above from the colours to the fabric to the techniques she used. I really wanted to steal it when I was home in Sydney!!!!

I also love this gorgeous piece she's working on with gorgeous embroidered feathers. Would love to have popped this one in my case as well!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sweet gifts!

When I was home in Australia I went to Melbourne with my mum and sister to visit my aunt and cousins. sas and I decided to make a gift for the kids so we decided on some sweet pillows for the girls. Sas did the bunny applique and I did the other two and them made them up into pillows. The girls loved them!



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some of mum's wonderful work

When visiting Australia I was so excited to see what mum has been working on. She loves antique Japanese fabrics, blue and white, Jude Hill, Junko Oki, Mandy Pattullo, sashiko, kantha quilts and many others. She has combined all of these wonderful sources of inspiration and come up with many gorgeous original pieces!

This is a detail of a wonderful throw she is working on. Millions and millions of stitches. All pieces are pinned in place and these held there with invisible stitches learnt from Jude Hill. Then rows and rows of embroidered straight lines which give such a grat textural feel to the piece.

Some panels for drawstring bags always done using a similar method.

I will be posting more of her work over the next few days!