Friday, 8 December 2017

Op shop fabric finds

I had a few spare minutes on my way home today to duck into the Christ Church op shop in Essendon. I haven't been there for months, and only had about 10 minutes there today, as I was on my way to drop some donations off to Caroline Chisolm, a little further down the road.

I had a quick look through the dvd's and cd's, and found the soundtrack to  Star Wars 1 " The Phantom Menace". Score! ( pun intended!)
Then I remembered they have a fabric section - and look what I found - a great range of  quilting pieces, including some fat quarters, and a couple of nearly metre long pieces. A lovely selection of spots, stripes, small floral prints and some fun prints like the dressmaker model print ( top right). 

Friday, 24 November 2017

Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show

Had a lovely day out at the Stitches & Craft Show yesterday - or as my good friend Linda  called it, her "Little Britain day out with my carer"!!!! ( which just goes to show a broken ankle can only slow you down so much!).
It was super quiet which made it easy to move around & see everything, but I did feel sorry for the stall holders who would surely be expecting a much larger crowd. We sat in on 2 free pop up " listen & learn" sessions at Pauline's Quilters World- quilt as you go, and "precision patchwork" which were both quite interesting.  I really liked their nifty binding gadgets, and bought one of the small ones to use to press bias binding in half ( which I often make & use for sleeve & neck binding on tops)- should be easy to use and save my fingers from getting burned!
I also bought some ribbon, the Star Wars ribbon will add a bit of zing to a denim apron I have promised to make for my son ( but the trim will be a surprise).
And after looking at mini irons at  every craft show for the last  few years, I finally bought one! Should be much easier to use for craft than my big heavy iron, especially in my tiny sewing space!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

New sewing patterns

Always worth having a look at the craft section in Savers. Found these new ( uncut!) sewing patterns today for $1.99 each, always looking for new tshirt/ top patterns! Mind you it will be January before I have time to try any of them!

I had to laugh at the description of the picture on the Butterick pattern ( top in the photo above)  - all about top A,B,C D E and then " Purchased bottom" .... duh! It's a DRAWING!  And a drawing of only part of the legs!

The top pattern - simplicity- has shorts, pants & skirt WITH POCKETS!! Yay!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Upcoming craft & community events

School fete Sunday 19 Nov
Etsy market in Coburg 25 Nov

Coburg Makers & Shakers market 12 Nov
Coburg West school centenary.

And the Merlynston market is on Nov 26 10-3 Bain Reserve.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

October round up

Not much sewing/ crafting going on here lately, so here is a bit of a catch up of photos from recent weeks.
Lovely yellow roses from my Dad's backyard - even the fallen petals are pretty, they look like a potpurri mix!

I knitted this cowl a month or so back for my niece but gave it to her before I took a photo-
A sneak preview of my current project- hope to finish it later today maybe!

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Somewhere over the rainbow...

It has been a week or two of rainbows lately! After making and wearing my first rainbow heart brooch, and making more for the market last week, I have had lots of comments & requests for more!
They are time consuming enough to make - picking up each bead with tweezers- let alone having to pick the yellow and orange beads out from the big multi mix jar of ikea beads! So I ended up ordering some more colours ( since Spotlight seem to sell only a handful of colours- they have had them on special twice now with virtually no stock on the shelves).

While making some more hearts, I had a play around with the multicoloured beads, and made a " granny square" brooch- 
Then on Saturday, there was  a rainbow/ grafitti colour cake!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Sewing books Spotted at Savers

I was quite suprised to see these 2 "Marfy" design books- complete with pull out pattern sheets, at Savers last weekend-


And this book about Shibouri looked interesting-
I also found a book of sewing tips for  overlockers ( I bought that one!).