TUTORIAL :: Sew an apron with a patchwork pocket

Make a linen apron for yourself or as a gift – it’s pretty and practical and aprons are cool in a retro revival way. This free sewing pattern uses lovely fabric and trims from Daily Like. I created the tutorial for them, so pop over to the Daily Like blog for the full how to.

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Head to the red thread blog craft tutorials page and be inspired to get creative this week.

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Armadillo&Co :: Weavings auction for charity

Last week I went to Australian rug company Armadillo&Co’s 5th birthday celebration and the opening of the ‘Collage Collection’ exhibition. Armadillo&Co are a company that I admire and respect, not just for their beautifully designed and made rugs, but for what they stand for. Every Armadillo & Co piece embraces Fair Trade practices, is crafted from sustainable natural fibres including pure wool, jute, cotton and hemp, and all purchases benefit local schools in their weavers’ villages in India. They are working through The Anganwadi Project to ensure that the children ‘thrive, not just survive’.

The Collage Collection exhibition showcases 20 unique weavings based on collages created by children in Anganwadi pre-schools, and woven by artisans in India. There was a silent auction on the night with all proceeds going directly to building a school for The Anganwadi Project. A huge $10,000 was raised – enough to build two new preschools in Gujarat, Ahmedabad in India.

 

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There are an additional 15 original woven artworks that are now being auctioned on eBay. Once again all proceeds will go directly to the The Anganwadi Project to build another preschool. The framed weavings are graphic and beautiful in design and craftsmanship. The auctions end in a couple of days, so go and take a look at the Anganwadi Project Charity Fundraiser and get bidding. It’s such a wonderful way to give children in the slums of India the chance of a nurturing environment, an education, hygiene and nutrition.

 

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The Anganwadi Project provides simple, safe, environmentally sustainable and beautiful learning spaces by sending volunteer teams of qualified design professionals to build schools and centres.  It relies solely on donations from individuals and companies for funding. Volunteers pay their own way and give their time to the project free of charge.

 

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Tutorials :: 15 lovely DIY Mothers Day gifts

It’s not too late to get your craft on before Mothers Day. I went through my archives and found some lovely things you could make for your mum before the weekend.

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INSPIRATION :: Amy Borrell

These watercolours by Australian artist Amy Borrell are whimsical, joyful and simply beautiful. They’d be perfect in a child’s room in a simple white frame.

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Do you love them too? You can purchase prints of Amy’s illustrations in her shop.

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LOVING :: The everyday luxury of linen bedding

I’m a recent convert to 100% linen bedding and I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to cotton now. Currently on my bed is a white linen doona cover, linen sheets in natural and extra linen pillowcases in a beautiful soft dirty pink colour. I love the those tones and colours together, and the feeling of sleeping in linen is – as dramatic as it sounds – life changing!

I was interviewed by Adairs as their May Style Editor and I shared, amongst other things, my thoughts on the everyday luxury of linen bed sheets and essential oil linen spray.

 

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Disclosure: I already owned and loved the Vintage Washed Linen pillowcases in pink, and the white linen doona cover. Adairs kindly gave me the Vintage Washed Linen sheet set and essential oil linen spray. I only ever accept products that I genuinely love and will use and that I know you, my readers, will be interested in too.

 

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