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!

Growth charts for ALice and Kailani

These are some sweet charts I made before I went to visit my family in Australia. I didn't have time to blog them before I went away so here they are better late than never! 

For Alice:

For Kailani: 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

zakka style drawstring bag

This gorgeous bag was made by mum. She loves old Japanese fabrics especially in blues.  She does a lot of zakka style embroidery stitches to create a textured effect. She is also greatly inspired by jude hill.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Work in progress

I'm here in Australia so my blogging will be very sporadic over the next month or so! I apologise for that.

I have srarted some new whimsical projects using antique linens and trims combined with vintage trims. I'm not sure what they will become yet only time will tell!  Here's a sneak preview!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Vintage shoulder bags

This is something I've been wanting to do for sometime now - use my vintage fabrics and embroideries to make across the shoulder bags! The strap is long enough that you can wear them across your body but it also ties on one side so could be made shorter so the bag could be used as a regular shoulder bag. It has 3 pockets internally to keep keys, phone etc. Available in my shop, more photos on flickr

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Could be anything quilt!!!

I made this pretty summer quilt the other day. It doesn't have any batting and is reversible. I hand quilted it with perle thread to hold the layers together. I used all of my favourite pretty girlie fabrics. It's very versatile as it can be used as a light cot quilt, throw, playmat, picnic blanket and the list goes on.

Growth chart for Harrison

I sent off this chart to Australia. It was to have a beach/sea theme with surf boards. I love the way it turned out and it's definitely one of my favourite themes to date!