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!
I delivered a batch of scarves to Wilkins and Kent this morning, amongst them were some of my new fabrics. I have been making scarves for around six years and am still loving the whole process, and have only just reflected on what makes a successful Andie design.
Must just fall in love with the fabric
Must feel floaty and soft to the touch and drape beautifully
Must have some point of connection for me through either culture or vintage
Must fit into the overall story. That is, must connect to my other designs
On scarf making days I set up my sewing machine on the dining room table and sew happily for a number of hours, taking regular coffee breaks of course! Each scarf is finished by hand as I watch my favourite shows.
As I was up-cycling this patchwork denim cushion I used whichever zipper I could find and it happened to be orange. But how cool does it look?
Part of my work is to create a sustainable enterprise engaging marginalised women. A number of our supporters have been donating their used denim to me and so I spent a bit of my holiday time playing with denim possibilities like this patchwork pillow. (Just as an aside, the lovely Jessie from St Kilda Mums suggested I pop down to Spotlight and grab some of their generic branded feather pillows for cushion inserts. Oh. My. I squashed the insert in so the pillow is smaller than a standard bed pillow, and it feels so plush and posh.) Also just surfed Pinterest and uploaded a bunch of very awesome and imaginative products made out of recycled denim. Take a look!
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius. In a bowl, mix together butter, cheeses, egg, chilli, paprika, salt and pepper until smooth. Fold in flour, polenta, and almond meal to the wet mixture. Once everything is mixed, use your hands to form a dough. Roll dough into balls and place on greased trays. Put 12 balls on a pan at a time (the recipe yields 24). Once on tray, take a fork and push down on the balls to create a pattern on top. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool before eating.
House mate’s brother, Dean, rates them as 9.5 out of ten. I know he wasn’t lying because his face changed to one of sublime enjoyment. Being a Coeliac I cannot sample them myself. Sad face.
This year I have decided to create a range of men’s accessories and home wares as I think there is a shortage in the craft market forum. These wheat bags are quilted for comfort and are all 100% cotton. Cute hey?