Saturday, February 28, 2009

Farewell summer

When I was in highschool it was decidedly uncool to be into crafts and my friend Kirsty and I were secretly heading off to Stitches and Craft shows and indulging in cross stitch and patchwork on the weekends (crazy days indeed). At the time we seriously considered where knitting lay in our priorities and decided that we would start to cast on when we turned 30.

Well the 30 milestone has passed and I am still yet to embrace knitting as much as I'd love to - maybe a winter in Melbourne will do the trick? If I did decide to take it up I'd definitely be seeking a needle holder from Cath Kidston and a pattern book from Rowan which as anyone knows whose been to the knitting section at Liberty is where the wool is to die for! (p.s. just saw the new Liberty women's and accessories halls that have just been unveiled - somebody get me on a plane!!). Picture of their 'scarf hall' below...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Take a peack

Many moons ago (so it seems) Thea and Sami had a conversation with Lyssy May about creating some bespoke fabric designs and after a lot of excited email exchanges I am happy to announce that the beginnings of the collaboration are now available in the form of either the denim satchel above or cord tote below.

My brief to Thea was - 'something with peacocks and a retro feel' and the design she created was spot on and way beyond my expectations! I have more designs to come using a larger single placement print of the design but I really do love the repeat created with the birds facing each other and their tails overlapping. The denim satchel is a fave of mine in the collection as I love the way Thea has printed on the reverse of the denim which I then used for the flap.

The tote is in black and red cord which Thea experimented with using to great effect. The bag above has a panel strip on one side and is in all its repeat glory on the opposite side. Visit the latest collection page at Lyssy May to click on either design for more details.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Humpty back together again

Today was a big milestone as my industrial sewing machine was delivered to the studio. I had it moved by a professional as many of you know the story about my poor Zoje which was dropped off the back of the removals truck in Brisbane. It really is amazing it survived as I can still hear the sickening sound it made as it crashed on my driveway and the whole machine came unhinged from the table. Miraculously it has made it to its new home and with some TLC it is back in business.

Here is a first look at how I am setting things up. At the end of my space is a beautiful big warehouse window. It had been completely painted over but with the help of Laura and Jem at Ironside it has been transformed to let in lots of light. I am still working on how to best configure the space as it is as large as my whole store in Morningside (24 sq mtrs) so what I once used for both retail and designing and making will primarily be a designer space which is such a luxury. There will be a display area of the range for my open studio days and customer appointments (this is yet to be tidied so no pics yet!).

The bench in the middle of the room almost didn't come with me. It was made by my Grandad Milton over 20 years ago and had been sitting in my garage for ages having been 'inherited' when my parents downsized for retirement. At the last minute I decided to bring it with me and my father kindly gave it a coat of white paint. I am so glad I did as it is the perfect height for me to cut fabrics or pack orders. My Grandad used it as a woodworking bench so I really like the fact that I am continuing the tradition to use it for a creative pursuit.