Two Days Leave

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Life has been super busy recently so I took two days leave and FINALLY got to sew up this gorgeous fabric into two cushions.

The shop assistant at Kimono House in Swanston Street, Melbourne, told me this length of Obi fabric was woolen, but I suspect there may be a touch of silk in it too.

 

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Shibori Influenced Scarves

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I have hardly done anything at all over my holidays – except lie on the couch and watch Jane The Virgin and Upper Middle Bogan (highly recommend both these fine productions) – and have nanna naps in the afternoons.

But today I got off my bed-sorey butt and tried Japanese tie-dyeing. I am trying to create a new range of scarves and, although I dyed on to cotton voile today, my plan is to use silk in the future with a selection of both red and indigo designs. What do you think? Beautiful!

Rubber Stamping To Make My Own Fabric

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I have always wanted to make my own fabric so wrote it into a course as a module for the women I work with. Which means actually learning how to do it!

  1. Design your rubber stamp. You can draw your design straight onto the rubber and then carve out the negative space around your lines.
  2. Carve out your design using lino cutting tools.
  3. Using a roller for a consistent cover, roll fabric paint or ink onto the rubber stamp and stamp your design onto fabric. The paint I used seeped into the fabric and then you had to heat set it with an iron to make it washable.
  4. And vuala! Beautiful fabric, ready to sew.

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Adorable Handmade Soft Toys

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From the super cute to the super creepy-cool! This is a lookbook of my favourite handmade soft toys sourced fromĀ Pinterest. I searched “simple handmade soft toys”. With Christmas right round the corner I think its time to plug in my sewing machine and have some fun!