A countdown and a sneak peek

Things are a bit hectic at the red thread HQ at the moment. On Saturday week (1st May) I have the Craft Room class to teach, then the following day is Mathilda’s Market at Riverview. And 2 days after that I’m heading to Melbourne for 5 days for the Stitches & Craft Show. So the next 2 weeks are going to be busy with all I need to do in preparation.

Here’s a little peek at what I’ve been up to.

Some sewing, pom pom making and blanket stitching.

Logo design, pattern design and more sewing.

Painting timber for a new range of Vintage Storybook Tiles, and a new product.

I’m working on a couple of new things for Mathilda’s and 2 – or possibly 3 if I can manage it – new kits/patterns for Stitches & Craft.

Jodie, Kristen and Claire seem to be way more organised than I am for S&C… to be honest, watching Jodie’s organisation, hard work and prep for the show has made me feel a bit anxious! It looks like it is going to be a fantastic show with so much to do and see. Of course the incubator is going to be full of creative and crafty types selling their fab creations. There is a lot organised for the show, and you can check it all out in their 60 page show guide. Yes, 60 pages of good stuff! I might need to find a helper or two so I can have a few hours off to enjoy the show and do some shopping.

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a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art

These photos were taken last week at the Take Your Time exhibition of Olafur Eliasson‘s work. In the shots above we were in a darkened room where a fine spray of mist was falling from the ceiling. It looked incredible and was a magnet for children.

Photos taken by me at the MCA.


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Have a bright and beautiful weekend

Image Source: Sharon Montrose

I am swooning over these gorgeous images by Sharon Montrose for Target (Liberty range).

There’s also some lovely cushions in the range… LOL! And that bike… oh my!

I hope your weekend is a bright and sunshiney as these images.

See you Monday.

Found via Cafe Cartolina.

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Crafting with Kids

For us school holidays mean crafting for at least a couple of full days, plus lots of hours snatched here and there. Luckily for me Roxy loves it, as does Amara, a special friend. So yesterday this is what the girls got up to:

Cheat’s papier mache
donuts (the top section you can see is icing – the donut underneath is a different colour), and illustrated softies.

The girls drew onto calico with paint markers and chose fabrics for the backs before sewing and stuffing their softies.

Amara is only 10 – aren’t her illustrations fantastic?! She loves to draw and create things and she obviously has an amazing talent for it. I think she should open an etsy shop and sell some cards and prints and things. What do you think? And of course I just love Roxy’s pirate cookie complete with eye patch and peg leg. And, curiously, lots of tears.

Much more was made, as well as a lot of mess, and a great day was had by all three of us.

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The Craft Room

Part 2 of my Notebook news.

Notebook: magazine is starting a series of courses in Sydney called The Craft Room, and I’m excited to be one of the course teachers. I’ll be teaching the two hand-printing techniques that appear in this month’s issue of Notebook: leaf-printing and printing with hand-carved stamps.

Images of my projects: Notebook
The styling by Mescha Martin and photography of Andrew Lehmann are so lovely.

I’ll have lots of reference materials for colour and design, and the class will be suitable for anyone regardless of how much artistic ability you think you don’t have! You can achieve some fantastic results with leaf printing and simple rubber stamping, and it’s a lot of fun. We’ll be printing journals, cards/stationery sets, gift tags, and possibly some other bits and pieces. At the moment there is only one class for hand printing, on Saturday 1st May, so come and join me!

The other courses include sewing (beginner and intermediate), cake decorating, softie making, crochet, embroidery and knitting, with more to come. I’ll profile some of the lovely talented ladies who’ll be teaching the classes over the next couple of weeks.

I’ve already signed up for the crochet class with Sarah London… if you’re a regular visitor here you’ll know how much I love crocheted things and how much I want to be able to master the craft. I’m very excited. I know I could probably learn from a book – and I have bought a few that sit idle on my bookshelf – but where’s the fun in that? I love the idea of taking an afternoon out just for me and spending it in a lovely environment with new people, and actually walking away having mastered a new skill.

If you’d like to find out more, check out the timetable and class details. When you click on a class from the list the teacher’s photo and a bit about them will come up.

I think it’s a wonderful initiative on the part of Notebook. The classes are to be held in Notebook‘s brand new studios in Alexandria and promise to be fun and a lovely day crafting with like-minded people. Everything will be provided including refreshments, so all you have to do is turn up.

I’d like to give a big shout out to Corrie who has organised The Craft Room. She’s such a lovely person and is an absolute dynamo.

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