Saturday, December 06, 2014

Silvia and Lisa by Cathy Trolli

Our dear friend Cathy is at it again unveiling this beautiful portrait of our friends Silvia and Lisa. Pop over and visit her Facebook page she creates amazing portraits and is truly able to capture her subjects soul! The great thing she is able to work from photos so long as there is no direct sunlight or shadows on the faces.

Silvia and Lisa
Another portrait

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gift for sweet Anita

A couple of weeks ago we went to Anita's birthday she's so sweet, Lulu and I just love her! Her mummy makes beautiful ceramics, you can see her work here and she also sews so i made the bag in pretty colours I know she loves. I also combined pretty vintage embroidery pieces to give the bag some points of interest.

Lulu made the sweet little felt pouch all by herself and painted a gorgeous Susana Tavares type birthday card for her.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Love love love Kantha

As usual my sister and mum hae given something else to love Kantha quilts!!! Like I really needed to add something else to my repertoire of loves!!!!!!!! I bought some scraps in Australia and a while back finally took the plunge and made some pretty pouches posted previously. Recently I bought 3 vintage Kantha quilts,which arrived in super speedy fashion 4 days from India, I washed and dried them immediately and proceeded to look at them wondering what to do!
I really love parts of them but not all which makes it easier for me to repurpose them! If they were all perfectly beautiful I'd have to keep them for myself!!!

Slowly ideas are coming to me, very slowly! First I made a couple of pillow slips I love the way they have mending patches here and there!

Then with some of my remaining scraps and a little of the new I made these gorgeous drawstring bags.

They all feel so special because they are completely handmade and we know the time that was taken to embroider them!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Growth chart for Lucas

This is definitely one of my all time favourite growth charts. I made it for a little boy called Lucas who loves pretending to cook. How cool! It was so much fun to design and make! I hope he loves it when he sees it!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bertozzi hand printing

Last week I went to the Fiera di San Martino in Santarcangelo and by chance discovered a wonderful stand with beautiful hand printed fabric products. I bought 2 gorgeous hand printed linen tea towels from them. Of course they are so gorgeous I won't be able to use them and will have to stitch them into something else! I went to their facebook page and website and saw so many beautiful things I felt I needed to share them with you. Of course I asked their permission to use some of their photos.

They use a very old traditional technique of block hand printing from this region. It's truely wonderful! I believe the dyes used are natural made from traditional secret recipes! Besides using the traditional design such as grapes, acanthus leaves and olives, they have also placed a modern spin on their designs which I absolutely love!

I also discovered Bertozzi have also adapted their wonderful designs to other products such as ceramics and bags!

When looking through their images I just keep thinking 'want want want'! I will definitely be paying a visit to their workshop sometime soon. Their address is Largo M.Maestri 50, Gambettola (FC) Italy. Pop over and vist their website and facebook page, definitely worth it!

A mixed theme growth chart

I made this growth chart not so long ago. It has a very mixed theme with symbols of Canada, Taiwan, Sweden and Paris. At first I thought it wouldn't work but in the end it all blended quite well using a coherent colour pallet!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sweet sweet bunny softies

I made a whole lot of different softies the other day, in larger and smaller sizes. They are so sweet! I used soft colours this time round, next time I will do a brighter batch! I also did stuff them as much a usual as i wanted them to soft and cuddly. Of course they were made under Lulu's expert 9 year old supervision!


One of my oldest friends came to visit a few weeks ago. It was so much fun and great to catch up. I made these sweet sofites for her kids. Her son named the bear Luigi which I thought was very fitting.
I loved these so much I made some more. Here's the first one!

Growth chart for Daphne

This chart was made for a little girl called Daphne. Her mum wanted the four seasons represented I think it turned out well.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Kantha pouches

When I was in Australia I had the great pleasure of going to the quilt and craft show in Sydney. Cash Palace had a stand there and I bought some pieces of old kantha quilts from them. I've been looking at them waiting for inspiration to hit! it finally did and I made these gorgeous pouches with some of them.

Cowgirl style and more

I know I know growth charts growth charts! I do make a lot of them. I only post when a them is relatively new! Recently I made this super sweet chart with a cowgirl theme for Harper Kay. I just love the way it turned out!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Never too many pillows!

Here are some pillow slips I made recently! I made 4 different pillows with 'nest' on them, love the way these turned out. I also recently made a pillow slip with a hedgehog for a client so I made one for the shop as well.

A couple of the nest pillows;

The hedgehog pillow slip:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Can't believe it!

I can't believe Christmas is already near! This year has gone way to quickly, I feel like in an absolute blur! So here i am getting organised for once and making Christmas stockings in advance! That's a first!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

First time dollie!

This is the first doll I ever made. Thursday I went to a big craft fair in Vicenza and saw some dolls made. I really liked their clothes but not their faces so much. They had interesting hairstyles too so I bought a pattern. I decided yesterday to have a go but had to change the face and did my own spin on the dolls hair and clothes as well. So basically the body is from the pattern, as are the wide legged pants and then my imagination took it from there!

Of course when Lulu saw the doll she claimed it as hers! I thiught the doll might keep me company in my sewing room but apparently no, she's moving into Lulu's room!

I think I may have to work on faces, my husband told me she looks like a scarey witch! Maybe he still had 'sleep' in his eyes this morning when he saw her! Lulu and I think she's sweet but I will admit I need to improve the face for the next one!

I love love love her dress! I used a hand dyed muslin type fabric I bought in Sydney and then I made hand cut flowers with hand dyed felted wool and musling fabric. I stitched a few off cuts together to make her scarf!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gorgeous snuggly cot quilt

I started this gorgeous quilt some time ago, then became busy and forgot about it! I found it a while ago and finished it off. I love the colours. I put a thick batting in it so it's very snuggly! rather than doing regular quilting on it I knotted it here and then with embroidery floss.