Sunday, April 21, 2013

Slowly, Slowly.

Ridiculously slowly actually! But I managed to get my prints out and into the mail, albeit a bit late. I received all of  my swap partners' efforts before I managed to get mine out. Of course, Elka came down with a fever, then me, and then the long weekend and guests, and gradually I got my spare room back and managed to get organised enough to get it done. And stamping this print, two triangles at a time was SLOW.

handprinted swap wip
I went with plain pink triangles just because of the colour preferences of some of my swap buddies, but I really like the black on white, and I'm doing some overprinting with pink and yellow. I've really enjoyed this swap, and one day soon (hopefully!) I will post pictures of my swap bounty.

These are some of my favourites from the Handprinted Fabric Group:
1. layered scollops
2. simple overprinting
3. scissors


Thursday, March 21, 2013

So Far.

This is what I have managed so far. I have been playing around with colours and shapes, and actually managed to take a photo! :) I'm hoping to print 'the good ones' on the weekend.

This is the flickr group if you want to see some more.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Inspiration for #3.

I signed up to do the Handprinted fabric swap again, and I'm thinking this is great motivation to unpack everything that is still boxed up. I went down to Spotlight- turns out our local Spotlight here is ENORMOUS, and bought some cotton to muck around on, and some linen to do the good stuff on. This is what I have been eyeing off on Pinterest.

From here.

Now to start some actual doing!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Oh Yer.

It happened again little blog! I forgot you. We moved house, town, lives, jobs and things just got hectic there for a couple of months.

We no longer live near the ocean, we now live on the very far outskirts of Sydney, in a place that may as well be a country town! It is a country town, it is just very close to some very big things. And it sure is different. We've really only just arrived and the dust is still settling. I hope it all settles nicely...


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Kits

I was sorting through some bits and pieces on my desk a while back and found some almost finished Blinky Kits filed away in a magazine rack. They had been sitting there since before Elka was born! She is almost 2! I also found all of the supplies required to make more kits, including 3 different types of paper, embroidery thread, plastic bags and little sticky dots to attach a small sample piece of fabric to the front of each kit... It seemed like too good an opportunity not make some more up in time for Christmas. It's not often that things are so easily accessible around here...

So, I finished up the three almost done, and made another 10, and took them down to Emma-Lee's shop all ready for Christmas presents. They are $20 each, and they are half boyish/unisex fabrics, and half girly fabrics. and I'm in the midst of making another 10, and hoping to put 5 in my Etsy Shop soon, so stay tuned... or email me if you NEED them sooner than later, because things happen around here, things that prevent other things from getting done... But fingers crossed!

blinky kits

blinky kits

Hope you're making headway with Christmas on the horizon!

Monday, October 29, 2012


And now for something completely unrelated to everything I've been posting about recently! But photos of the blue bubble are to come because I think it may be my favourite handmade item in some time.

Christmas is coming. Eek. I started my Christmas shopping last week, and that makes me feel tremendously more organised than last year. Now that I have the pdf patterns back in my Etsy Shop, I was thinking about cool ways to personalise blinkies for presents. The embroidered blinkies or message blinkies as they were sometimes known, were always the most popular at market stalls and in shops. Sometimes a line from an obscure song would sit there for a month before anyone bought it, but they always did. The right person would see it, and bam! And they would seriously toddle off excited as can be.

So, I trawled through my Flickr photostream, and found some examples. These were always good for new babies too, especially if the parents hadn't found out if they were having a boy or a girl. One of the most popular lines was 'I'm a lover, not a fighter'.

message blinkies

something new


I always used tracksuit material because it was soft, and plain, and I always think it looks better than using 100% cotton, the shape seems to work better, and something special with a small print inside the ears- Japanese linens are great.

People also used to go nuts over handprinted fabrics! It seemed like I just couldn't keep up with this kind of thing. This one is using a stamp that my friend Riyo made, but you could use just about anything.

And then there are stripes! Which always work well with dots. People sure do love stripes!
mr. blink i stripes and dots

And Kristyn, a customer, just asked me on the weekend how on earth do you neatly sew the toy up at the end, and I found this really great video on ladder stitch which shows the exact way that I do it. I hope it helps.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

From KCWC:

ayashe blouse
This is the Ayeshe top that I made Elka. I love how it turned out, especially how it feels, but I must say that I didn't really enjoy making it. It was the second one I made because Elka is small and I've been stung by sizing charts in the past, so I sewed one up using cheap, scrap fabric, and so I was just a little over it by the time I was basting and top stitching this tiny little top. It was fiddly, and top-stitching isn't really my thing! I also had to unpick something- I can't even remember what it was, but I remember the process- unpicking double gauze fabric is not fun. But it wasn't complicated, I think if I'd had made it in a size 5, and the arm holes had fit around the arm of my sewing machine, I wouldn't have been soooo over it. And there was a nice moment when I was pressing the collar and Joe walked in and told me it was so cute, and he loved it, and that really made me feel good about the whole thing again. I will have to sew some elastic inside to stop the neck hole from gaping open though, it is a little low, and that somehow seems inappropriate on a 20 month old!

apron dress
And this is the Apron Dress that I made from an Ottobre pattern. And it felt good, it is so simple and I've made one before, and I felt like myself again after all the top-stitching! I chopped up and resewed two of the fat quarters from the Handprinted Fabric Swap from earlier this year and I like how it all turned out. I like the complete lack of pink, and I like the imperfections of the stamps. And I like the old sheet I used to line it with. And I liked how easy it was. Sometimes easy is nice.

apron dress
The orange pattern is by Susie, and the bunnies are by Anna.

Hurrah! Sewing and some photos! I just need to get the Bubble Dress photographed, preferably whilst on the child, but that might be setting my sights a little too high! :)