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!

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Japanese Indigo

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Whether a mixture of blue on white printing, white stitching on idigo, blue stitching on white or Japanese Shibori tie-dye, I cannot help but love these bold designs. Timeless, sophisticated and graphic – I want to start sewing.

All images are from Pinterest, where I searched “Japanese” and “Indigo”.

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 from 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!

My Newest Aquisition: 1950’s (?) Dress Mannequin

IMG_0549 (1)I found this old dress making model at The Mill Markets in Ballarat. I love scouring The Mill Markets around Victoria. There is one in Daylesford, Geelong and Ballarat but I am most often at the Ballarat store these days. I think the model is Circa. 1950’s because it is the same finish and colour as my mum’s old sewing machine. ReRetro, You may be able to help with dates of old things?IMG_0559 I dressed the mannequin up in a gorgeous deep maroon fifties style dress and some new scarf fabric I found at the above store. This shop is a veritable gold mine of haberdashery and extremely affordable fabrics. It is called Eliza Fabrics, in Sunshine. Kind of don’t want to share the exact location… Mean spirited, hey? Oh. Alright! Eliza Fabrics.IMG_0560 But you can find some really interesting fabrics here. And I had to photograph their signage. Love Vietnamese signs! IMG_0563