Monday, 2 July 2018

Another quick quilt

I spent the weekend before last sewing up a new quilt, for a special new arrival.

Isn't she just gorgeous?!
Welcome baby Zoe, my husband's cousin's new baby.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Comic Con cosplay 2018

Every now and then I remember to enter the " give away" competition in the Sunday Age. And once or twice I have even won a prize! 2 weeks ago I entered the comp to win tickets to Comic Con. And on the Tuesday morning I read an  email that said I had won - a double weekend pass for 9 & 10 June.

So now I had 10 days to make costumes! 
Mine is "Outlander" inspired- of course! 

I already had the skirt and underskirt made ( just for fun- fabric from the Indian Fabric store I Glenroy, underskirt made from a cut down $2 op shop dress) and of course my knitted arm warmers ( I figured it would be too warm inside to wear my knitted cowl!). 
 I found some lovely soft cream polycotton (?) at Spotlight,and sewed up a cream coloured "peasant style" shirt -I think the pattern was the same one my Mum used to make my wedding outfit (a sort of  mediaeval styled outfit of  shirt, laced vest and skirt). 
After making 2 jackets I didn't like, a last minute dash  into Spotlight yieled some blue fabric in just the right shade, and I quickly whipped up the jacket on Friday, based on the Mollie Makes zipped jacket and a purchased vest I have had for years.

My lovely shawl/scarf came from the Pascoe Vale Spinners and Weavers exhibition last week, it is just sooo beautifully soft, and I love the grey/ Green stormy sea colours.

The hardest thing to find was the silver buckles for my son's costume, I looked everywhere, and ended up finding a bag full of silver buckles at Vinnies in Coburg on Friday afternoon! 
I also found a whole basket of bra making supplies at the op shop, including some navy hook and eye tape- which provided the perfect solution to lacing the front of my jacket, and bra elastic which I sewed to the stomacher panel - it worked a treat to hold it on the right place all day!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Spinners and Weavers Show - more photos!

Amazing Lost in Time shawls, so many different colour combinations!





Funky woven scarf- great colour combination!
I think this shawl is "Outlander" inspired!

Spinners And Weavers - the photos

I have so many photos to post, but I had better get the order right and start with the wool show pics first.

Lots of photos here, because there was so much knitted loveliness!!!

There was handspun  wool for sale-

 cushions and knee rugs...

Love this bright round knit!

More next post!

Friday, 1 June 2018

Pascoe Vale Spinners and Weavers 2018

The annual exhibition is on again this weekend, hoping to get there tomorrow although I have a LOT of sewing to do this weekend, more on that next post!

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Papier mache fun

Tigerboy is in the orchestra for the school production of "Oliver" and when I dropped him of at school for production camp this morning I also delivered some props. There had been an email last month asking for help with props, and I managed to find a couple of baskets in the final week of hard rubbish. I nabbed a stack of bargain wooden plates from an op shop, along with 2 scarves/ shawls.
I had a chat with the staff member in charge of sets/ costumes about what was needed. She said they still need flowers, and fake fruit & veg; but that these are hard to find without spending a lot of money.  As I was driving away I had a brainwave, I remembered a craft book I have with instructions to make a papier mache pear.

A quick detour to a bargain shop yielded a $4.20 pack of plaster cloth, and an hour of messy fun with scrunched up newspaper and the whole roll of  plaster tape later, and I had these made-


Now I just have to wait for them to dry, and then paint them! 3 oranges, 3 apples, and 3 pears. ( ok 1 is a mishappen apple which kind of looked more like a pear, will decide which once I come to paint it!!!!)

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Footpath finds...

When I saw a box on the footpath with a sign saying "free art- please take" , well how could I resist?!?  There was some cool printed calico, printed plywood squares, and printed pages.

I haven't used any of it yet, but maybe the fabric might be used in a quilt. Or maybe to line a bag.
Turns out they were made by whiskyandlime, and printed nearby in Brunswick! 
I might  hang the plywood squares in our backyard " shack" once it is finished. Love the funky colours!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Chook- a -doo!

Say hi to the newest members of the family- 4 young Isa Brown hens! Picked them up on Sunday, they are still settling in, learning where the perch is, where the food is etc. We pick them up and pat them a couple of times eah day so they will be nice and quiet and used to people.
Today was the first morning they actually jumped down off the perch and walked out of the chookhouse by themselves, I had to lift them down and show them the door the previous 2 mornings!

Monday, 7 May 2018

Sewing part 4

The first - neutral toned- quilt I made for my lovely friend, ended up on her daughter Miss H's bed that night! Even though I had specifically "not put any pink or purple in it" so Miss H  wouldn't  claim it!
Of course the only solution was to spend the weekend sewing one just for Miss H, in all the bright, jewelled tones ( opposite to her mother's quilt!).  I found a piece of pink pinwale cord for the back, and already had plenty of rainbow strips pre cut from the baby quilt I made late last year. So it was quite quick to whizz the strips together, plus a couple for the back, make some bias binding and put it all together. I love the bright colours. And so did Miss H!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sewing part 3 ( or the second part of part 1)

I finished the neutral-toned quilt, here it is folded up, showing some of the lovely multi coloured binding.
The back view- And the front- the sides are grey, and the binding is made to match all the coloured  stripes, it adds just that little bit of colour to the pale grey sides.

I made the quilt as a goodbye gift for a wonderful friend from work.
She loved it!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Part 2...

I tried random strips, alternating print/plain...

But grouping colours sings to me more!!!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Sewing a special gift - part 1

Planning and cutting...

Sewing...
More sewing...
Making bias binding...

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Another blanket finished!

I finished knitting another blanket, using 2 balls of Porta Craft acrylic.  The next one is already started! If today's crazy weather is anything to go by, it is definitely knitting weather finally (hey I am wearing a woollen cardigan and cooking minestrone soup as I write this, it is cold out there!).

The only problem with knitting a grey blanket is finding a suitable backdrop for a photo, so I got the tallest teen to help out- it is his blanket after all!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The bird shirt - 5 minute quick fix

I found this sweet shirt at the op shop recently, I didn't have time to try it on, but as it was a Rivers size 16 I figured it would fit with room to spare!
There was a fabric tie in the bottom hem, which I didn't really like- but it was the perfect size  to pull out, cut a teeny hole in the binding around the neckline, and re thread the tie through there. Just right to pull the neckline in enough so it doesn't gape and fall off my shoulders, it gives a much better shape around the neckline, and makes the shirt a little bit different to the original RTW shirt.  I LOVE the bird print fabric, this is now one of my favourite shirts!