Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Magic Eye material

When I was in late primary school there was a fad with those 'Magic Eye' books: the ones where you defocus your eyes in order to see the picture in what looks like TV static and ruin your eyes at the same time. Maybe that's why I wear coke bottle contact lenses now?

This material reminds me of those Magic Eye pictures.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Being creative is a labour of love

It's Mothers Day weekend here in Australia, and what better way to celebrate than by taking our mum to the local Indie Craft markets?!

Werewolf reminding child not to forget Mothers' Day
Our city council is supporting a resurgence in the 'lost crafts' and these markets are now being held in and around Town Hall a couple of times a month.

Monday, May 6, 2013

To thine own self be true

You know, for a while there I tried to hide my infatuation for Japanese cottons.  I thought to myself, who else is so obsessed with the textiles of one geographic region? And grown ups sew with proper fabrics like jersey and silk and wool and linen. Not flowery cottons.

But as Polonius said, to thine own self be true, and although he was a bit of a dill it's good advice. I am a true girly girl. So I came to my senses and just made more flowery dresses.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Japanese Obsession and Bruce the chipmunk

A few years ago (actually it was nearly 10 years ago - whoa) I went to Japan. First trip overseas. Middle of winter. Lots of sake and waving cats.

In Kyoto I bought a lot of chiyogami - mulberry paper screen printed with beautiful designs - and also discovered that they make similar patterns on fabric. Of course I had to buy a lot! When I got home mum and I made this quilt.