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Being a little :: cushion crazy

Pictures of some cushion projects

I’ve been going a little crazy making cushions lately. The bug began with the one on the top right, remember my Zine that I had to create for a Uni task? Well in celebration of my topic of Scandinavian surface design I thought it would be neat twist to do some stencils from Lotta Jansdotter Stencils collection. In true last minute fashion I had the wrong painting tools but I did have the red paint and plain calico, well after all it was more about the process than the product. And then my vintage cushion cover breathed it’s last so I salvaged the backing with the lovely sewn in zip and turned my stencil fabric and plain red fabric into a replacement cushion cover. It actually worked quite well.

Then I needed a project for my screen printed pods so I thought, you guessed it, cushions! This time they will be gifts for my 3 best girlfriends. They are complete with invisible zippers (my new sewing machine foot is fabulous), The pods are now the cushion cover front (bottom left) and the complimentary design (bottom right) I ordered from Spoonflower, that ended up much larger than I had calculated, has become the cushion back.

P.S. I have not managed to photograph the red without it looking somewhat garish. Will you trust me when I tell you it is much richer, cooler and lovelier that it appears here?

December 14, 2012 \ projects \ 6 comments

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Fabric print sequel and fail

Hand screen printed and digital fabric

So I’ve been working towards some Christmas presents for my 3 best girlfriends. I thought I would make use of the fabric I printed earlier this year if you remember… and make a complimentary fabric that I would print at Spoonflower. Well this is a case of best laid plans and diminishing time frames and massive miscalculations. My colours came back perfectly thanks to the Spoonflower Colour Map,  but somehow my ‘small’ print became a ‘massive’ print and while it really matches my hand printed fabric the print is really too large to use side by side as I had planned. Somewhere along the line my fat quarter became a yard and well you can judge for yourself with the fabric on the right. Hmmm… so what to do?

Now that I’m the proud owner of a invisible zipper foot for my sewing machine I thought maybe I could use one fabric for the front and one for the back of a cushion cover, what do you think? I’ll make one and show you the results.

P.S. I have since corrected my bad calculation and uploaded a print that is much much smaller, you can view it and even buy it at Spoonflower.

November 29, 2012 \ design \ 1 comment

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Joining in :: colour palette blog walk

Printed fabric and colour swatch

I’m so excited to be taking part in the colour palette blog walk today, all organised by Brandi at Brandi Girl Blog.

The task was easy, create a colour palette around the theme of achievements. How we interpreted that was entirely up to us. I would have posted photos of my boys, except that I’m against doing that, because they are by far my biggest achievement. So instead I went for a very small achievement towards a long term goal. For those that know me well they know my love of fabric and how, one day, I would like to design and print my own. A year or so ago I went from dreaming about the process and took part in a print workshop for 2 days. This weekend I’m back at the same print workshop to refresh my skills and now I’m a member I can hire out the facilities and get to work.

This (not very successful) photo is of my ‘test’ fabric I used throughout the course. It was where I tried things out and tested the colours I had mixed. I recently had a friend ask if she could buy it from me and the tea towel I made her during this course she has framed it and hung it in her bedroom – makes me a little closer to my dream. And just as an aside – in the final print run I replaced the orange with a grey. I wish I hadn’t done that because I think the orange rocks!

Now – go check out my fellow colour palette blog walk participants – you’ll have fun.

June 6, 2012 \ colour lover \ 17 comments

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Dreaming of Paisley

Bungalow Denmark Handkerchiefs

Bungalow Denmark Kitchen Towels

These gorgeous handkerchiefs (yes really) and kitchen towels are by Danish company Bungalow. I have seen them mentioned a few times around the blogsphere but they have been slow to reach Australian stores. I love their use of traditional Indian woodblock printing to create these beautiful textiles. After stumbling upon these yesterday (can’t remember where) I was thinking it would be nice to do some woodblock printing and went in search of a block seller. This then led me to the traditional paisley design of Indian textiles. This gave me another idea for a web design of all things. My brain was seriously overloaded when I went to to bed and I had quite a restless night and when I was asleep I was, quite literally, dreaming of Paisley designs. Does this ever happen to you? Now, where was I? Oh that’s right paisley designs, I’ll be sure and show them to you when I’m done.

October 7, 2010 \ inspiration \ 3 comments

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Prints Charming – The Book

Prints Charming Book

As you know I recently did a screen printing on fabric course with the lovely Kate Ward. During the workshop (actually right from the beginning) she recommended I go and have a look at Prints Charming. She must have seen a similarity between styles that attract me and this store. I just love their fabric, prints and projects and best of all they have a book! My copy arrived this week and it’s got a lot of great projects for hand printed fabric. If breaking out the silk screen is not your thing you can also buy some of the projects from the book as kits. I really like the scarf so lets add that to the list of projects I want to complete.

July 8, 2010 \ stores \ 1 comment

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Follow Up to a Lofty Goal

I’m so far behind on my 52 weeks posts since this is supposed to be Week 15. The challenge was to write a post as a follow up to a lofty goal. As most know I would love to print my own fabric and last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a two day workshop on screen printing on fabric. It was such a great experience and I got so much inspiration from the lovely and talented Kate Ward who was our intrepid guide. Apologies for the photos but here are two of the four tea towels I came home with. Do you recognise my little medallion? It’s fast becoming my signature. Working with a mixture of photo emulsion – a truly satisfying technique by the way – and good old fashion stencils. I enjoyed the whole process (yep even the cleaning up) and know what I would do differently. I’m going to do another class with her at the end of the year to hone my skills and learn repeating patterns and in the meantime I’m sending some designs to Spoonflower to be printed. And not a cherry blossom in sight.

June 26, 2010 \ 52 weeks \ 4 comments

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Colour Me Happy Wednesday :: Teal

Cactus Cats Limited Edition Print

Vinyl Wall Art Decal

Water Ripple Hand Printed Cushion Cover

I love the teal results this week. The Cactus Cats (TOP) was about the second thing I looked at and the cushion cover motivated me to sign up for a screen printing on fabric class next month at Megalo. I’m so excited… I’ve only been talking about doing this class for the last 2 years. My teal results are:

TOP: Kerry Beary’s Cactus Cats Limited Edition Giclee Print. I just love the blurb that went with this print. The cats “… are perfect for your Eames, Danish Modern, and retro decors.” So I might have to invest in the Eames chair first.
MIDDLE: Wow Wall’s Owl on a Branch Vinyl Wall Art. I’m not sure what I love most, the owl, the yellow wall or that telephone.
BOTTOM: Broken Twill Textiles Water Ripple Hand Printed Cushion Cover. Given the opportunity I would probably fill my house with cushions. They really set a mood, don’t you think?

May 26, 2010 \ inspiration \ 2 comments

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mattt bags

mattt bags

The cyclist will almost definitely disagree with me on this but I’m pretty sure I need one of these bags. Mattt bags are proudly handmade in Melbourne using fabric from Australian designers. I’ve narrowed my favourites down to four that all use fabric by the very talented Lara Cameron who is also based in Melbourne. Which do you think I should go with?

May 20, 2010 \ stores \ 1 comment

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Dear Lynette, The Romance is Over

 
Our challenge this week is to write about falling out of love with a technique, fabric or pattern. For me the answer is easy… Thimbleberries. I used to adore the country stylings of Lynette Jensen’s fabric and now I’m really not a fan at all. My first real foray into quilting was in Atlanta where I did a course at Little Quilts in Marietta and the kit I bought for our sampler was all Thimbleberries fabrics. I was hooked,  I joined a Thimbleberries fat quarter club and received 6 fat quarters a month. Then my interest in Thimbleberries started to wane but not before I had built up quite a stash. Now I’m not sure what to do with it . Any suggestions? I do admire Lynette Jensen, I think she’s an amazing force in the quilting world but her work is just not my cup of tea anymore.

February 21, 2010 \ 52 weeks \ 1 comment

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How Do You Store Your Fabric?

My fabric has been stuffed in a Cathcart Allied moving box since we came from Atlanta so this has been a quandary of  mine for quite a few months now.  I’m appealing to you for your help – how should I store my fabric? I am not only aiming this question at my fellow fabric obsessed, all good advice on my dilemma will be most welcome. I really like this solution from Holly’s Street but sadly I no longer have The Container Store down the road and they don’t deliver to Australia. I have exhausted every combination of canvas and storage and container in Google Australia with no luck… but if I ever need a shipping container I know where to go!

I also think this idea from Retro Mama is so cool especially the multicoloured colanders! I confess I tried this once (without the colanders) but this failed on two counts. Firstly, I cannot fold my individual pieces to look so uniform and secondly I didn’t use them all really quickly so they started to gather dust! Has anyone tried this? Is there a method to folding?


The last picture from Jenny B Allsorts is a picture of her studio.. oh those colours! I really like having my fabric visible, as inspiration strikes when you least expect it. Wouldn’t it be nice to work in a space like this? What to do? Can you help?

February 4, 2010 \ 52 weeks \ 9 comments

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