Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kantha Love

We all love Kantha quilts in our family. I bought my first one at the Sydney Quilt Fair earlier this year. At the same fair, we came across a Sydney shop called Cash Palace Emporium which imports beautiful items from India and Japan. On the weekend, mum and I went to find Cash Palace Emporium and we were not disappointed. Just diving up to the shop evoked great excitement with the most amazingly colourful window display of devine items and a huge pile of red toned Kantha quilts right at the door.

Upon stepping inside, it was sensory overload. There are piles and piles of Kantha quilts, embroidered cushions, vintage trims, clothes, jewelry and much more. I just didn't know where to start but very quickly gravitated towards the pink pile. I knew that there was no way that I was going to leave that shop without buying my second Kantha quilt. The hard part was picking just one. Below are my two Kantha Quilts. They are both stunning!

We got to meet the lovely Elaine Townshend owns and runs the shop. She very happily let us rummage through a massive box of scrap Kantha pieces and pull out what ever we wanted. I got a whole heap for only $5....... bargin!!! Some of the many scraps that I bought are below. Mum bought lots too and is making a wall hanging. Once she is done I will blog it.

I also bought a beautifully vintage embroidered cushion. There were many pretty ones but my son liked the Indian elephant god- Ganesha so we picked the one below.

She had lots of vintage Japanese Kokeshi dolls so I couldn't resist one of those as well. Now that I have one, I think I will start a collection. I love the vintage dolls.

You can follow the store on Facebook but I strongly suggest that if you like vintage Indian textiles and you are in Sydney, then you visit the store. It is located at 139 Catherine St, Leichhardt, Sydney, and is open from Monday-Sturday, 10am - 5pm. You will want to go back regularly as Elaine goes on buying tours quite often so she always has new stock.

Elaine Townshend at Cash Palace Emporium

Art E-Classes

I really like the idea of mixed media art works and journals. Recently I took a class with Mati Rose called 'Daring Adventures in Paint'. It was a good way to get me painting. I finished one piece and have many more that are in various stages of progress.
Paintings by Mati Rose
Another artist that Rachel and I have always loved is Susana Tavares. a couple of weeks ago, I purchased her workshop called Paper and Paint. She makes it all look so easy.
Paper and Paint Workshop By Susana Tavares
I recently followed this tutorial on her blog for painting gift tags. I followed her instructions and produced these paintings. They are really little 3" x 3". I was actually amazed that they look ok. I wasn't sure if I could do it!!! They are nowhere near as good as Susana's but I can only keep trying.

Finally I love the work of Mindy Lacefield (Tim's Sally). She has a new 'Soul Bird' class and giveaway which looks really interesting. I am considering this one as well.
Soul Bird Workshop by Mindy Lacefield
Some of my favourite art works are on Pinterest. There is just so much inspiration on there. I purchased a couple of Pam Garrison original paintings and want to start collecting a few more including a Susana Tavares work so that I can start building up a wall of art.

There are so many inspiring artists out there and I hope that I can one day develop my own unique style. I figure that doing classes is a great way to get started and learn some new techniques.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lulu's wall hanging organiser

The other day my 9 year old daughter Lulu came into my sewing and showed me her design for a wall hanging with pockets. I thought it was great and told her 'we must make it immediately for your room!'. We decided on the measurements and then I adapted her design to the correct size. Of course i was then obliged to start working on it immediately and was not allow up from the table until all fabrics were chosen, cut and pinned in place. I was then allowed a day to appliqued and embroider! The organiser is now hanging on the door of her toy cupboard with little teddies and toys in it!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Card organisers

I bought some plastic sleeve booklets so time ago and never got around to doing anything with them, not unusual for me! This weekend I finally pulled them out and made these sweet little covers for them. They are great to store business cards or even store those shop fidelity cards, credit cards etc.

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.