Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Handmade Christmas Giveaway

If you'd like to have a handmade Christmas this year, there's a fabulous giveaway over 
at Christina's ... 13 handmade goodies from 13 different Australian crafty types (including 
me). I've crocheted a shopping bag in brilliant green, making up my own pattern this time, 
and it's part of the prize! 

Pop over the the Handmade Christmas Giveaway and leave a comment. 
The prize is drawn 1st December, so hurry! (sorry... only open to residents of Australia)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Design Crush: Kirsten Johnston + Zaishu collab

Artist collaborations are always so exciting - seeing the melding of design aesthetics, 
particularly when combining opposites. The hard with the soft etc... and all that 'sum being 
greater than the parts' business ;) 

My latest design crush: Zaishu ply seat/tables with surface artwork of the fabulous Kirsten 
Johnston's knitted creations...

Pieces in process...

Trial panels...

And a little peak at how the final construction comes together...

Don't you just love it? Such a fabulous collaboration :)

Here are a couple of other designs I rather liked too!

‘Banksia’ by Nicola Cerini
‘Indigo Weave’ by Matthew Butler

If you'd like to see more of their work, you can find Kirsten's blog here and Zaishu here.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Made by Hand: Zpagetti bag

I found some sumptuously chunky wool in my stash the other day, and while I should have 
been doing a million other things I couldn't resist hooking up ;) Utilising some leftover denim 
zpagetti as well, I decided I definitely needed a big chunky (stylish) shopper in my life...

The denim is looking decidedly more grey than it actually is in these photos, but using the 
zpagetti is actually a fantastic happy coincidence because it's so strong!

And, just in case you're wondering about the size, when I said 'big' I really meant 'huge'...
it's gigantic :)

Wondering if I should do up a pattern for my Etsy store (which is so dull these days I'm 
considering dropping it all together actually). Anyway, patterns seem to be the way to go
lately with all the changes going on at Etsy... what do you think?

p.s. I'm playing along with Christina's Made by Hand meme today - pop over to see more 
handmade goodies.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Embroiderer

I've been working on this one at the same time as the others... it started as a bit of fun. 
I wanted it to be full of mistakes and pricked fingers... my antidote to trying to make the 
others so perfect. 

Loose threads and stitches that go nowhere...

Using the canvas paper was great for showing mistakes. Once you make that hole, 
there's no making it disappear again as there is with fabric.

It wasn't meant to be a piece for sale, but then it just sort of came together.

So, I've put it in my big cartel shop :)