Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Pear pin cushions

This is a supplementary present for my Mum. I was recently chatting to her and she mentioned that she can't find her pin cushion (I suspect foul play by the envious needles!) so i decided to make her one.

Mum's bag - finished!

At last, I finished Mum's bag! It's Japanese 100% cotton print outer with grosgrain ribbons, inside is lined with purple cotton drill. I added a hand-made brooch to the top corner to give it a bit more sparkle. I hope she likes it!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Present 2 - Mum's bag in progress

This is a progress shot of a reversible beach bag I'm sewing for Mum's birthday from Japanese print and purple cotton drill. I hope she likes it?!

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New fabric!

I was walking past tessuti fabrics in the city today and was drawn in by the shiny, red "on sale" sign. The sale was sadly, only 10-20% off but the fabrics were gorgeous! A bit expensive, but worth it. Here's a few peeks at my spoils....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Log close-up

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Here's a close up showing the snail and the leaves and the free-arm sewing stitching "bark" effect.

Draught-stopper Log

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Friends Pru and Joe have recently bought a new house in Leichhardt. In honor of this stupendous occasion, I have crafted a brown cord log shaped draught/door-stopper complete with felt leaves, lichen and snail. We sacrificed Liam's old cords to a good cause. I hope they like it! (pattern from Sewing Green)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A New Year's Resolution

I think as a well-heeled country, we have too much stuff. So much stuff that we don't know what to do with it so we build bigger houses with more rooms to put our stuff in. All that stuff uses up our precious resources. So I decided to give the planet a rest. Late last year, I had the idea to to reduce my spending on consumer goods and try to hand-make or recycle gifts for a year. I like to call it "slow gifting". Instead of buying something, I would take the time to make each person something special and unique for themselves. I got given a great book from Kae for Christmas to kick start my year of hand-made or recycled gifts; Sewing Green. Thanks Kae! Stay tuned for the results of the first craft project... One branch door-stop in brown cord made from Liam's old jeans. Who knows, it could all end in tears as friends and family beg me not to make another badly knitted scarf and to return to store-bought gifts, but it should be a fun journey.