30 September 2014

Textiles Tuesday

Here are 18 links for you to explore this time! There are also plenty of shows around, now that the spring weather has arrived.


* Handy! Download Free Spirit solids to your computer for designing in EQ7.

* Thoughtful article by : Why Smart, Creative People Underestimate Themselves and How to Quit.

* Have you purchased pretty duct tape but don't know what to do with it (apart from admiring it, of course)? Hani Shabbir has collated 30 DIY duct tape tutorials to help you get started.

* 10-12 October: Novocastrian Quilters Exhibition, Newcastle NSW.

* Call for entries: AQIPP (Australian Quilts in Public Places) 2015.

* For all lovers of hexagon quilts: a new magazine, Hexie Love, to look out for next January.

* Tips for photographing quilts from Sue Bleiweiss. 

* Dapto, NSW.


 * The Southern Patchwork Shop Hop (Tasmania.) is coming! It's bigger than ever - with six shops (from Huonville to New Norfolk) to hop to this year. The shops are Frangipani Fabrics (Sandy Bay), The Patchwork Cafe (New Norfolk), The Quilted Crow (New Town), Easy Sew (Hobart), Wafu Works (Kingston), and Timeless Design (Huonville).

* Free Ebook: Crochet Afghan Patterns from the Chain Reaction Crochet Afghan Project. 

* 26 September - 23 October: Meeniyan, VIC. 


 * 31 October - 2 November: Margaret River, WA.

 * Would you like to visit South Africa next year with textile artist Sue Dennis? Who wouldn't! Details here.

* Call for entries: Dare to Differ 2015. Entries close 10 July 2015.

* Tutorial by Linda Matthews:silk carrier rods and how to use them to make silk paper.

* New online mgazine coming in October: The Inspirational Magazine by John Hopper of The Textile Blog.

* 22-23 August 2015: Broome Artistic Retreat - Kimberley Dreaming from The Thread Studio.  

* Call for entries: Textile & Fibre Exhibition, Clarence, TAS.


25 September 2014

All the pretty things

This week, I treated myself to a new pair of silver earrings. Not that I needed them - no-one ever needs earrings, right? But a new set always cheers me and adds a little oomph to my daily life. I'm a firm believer in taking oomph wherever I can.

The shop assistant carefully wrapped them in tissue and then placed them in this silken drawstring bag. Double oomph!

21 September 2014

Do you use Twitter?

Of all the social media available to us, Twitter is one of my favourites. It is so easy to have direct contact with any other Twitter user (there are millions of them) to express an idea, make a comment or share a link. You can use text, photos or videos.

Sounds overwhelming, doesn't it? It's not!

The SITS Girls explain how to set up a Twitter account, so you can get started straight away.  If you want more information, visit the official Twitter Help Centre.

Once you have your account, please follow me and don't forget to say hello! I'd love to see you over there.

18 September 2014


It is a small restaurant, tiny in fact, with only a handful of tables. Korean dumplings, filled with delicious morsels, plump and soft. 

Permitted to take a photograph, I opted for these hand-made beauties. Crafted by skilled hands, they await the steaming that will combine the flavours. Delicious.

16 September 2014

Tired of trying to do the impossible?

I've had enough. I'm tired of trying to do the impossible and ending up doing nothing instead. I can't find time for thinking and I can't find time for doing. I have to work out how to deal with this but when am I going to fit that in?

Do you have the same problem? Not enough time in the day - any day! I feel as if my life is slipping by and I can start to feel panic rising. How can I do everything I want or need to do? When can I fit it all in?

Taking a deep breath, I sit down and try to calm myself. This panicking won't do me any good, so I decide to work out a strategy. Aaargh - another thing to do!

I start getting alarmed again, so I take another deep breath. And another. Any more of these and I'll pass out. Hmmm...there's a thought - a nice long sleep would be good. No one would expect me to do anything while I was asleep, would they?

I finally decide to go for a walk. As I walk around the streets near my home, I feel myself start to focus on the things around me. I stroll past a house that has been painted a soft lavender shade. There is a huge sandstone pot in the front garden, filled with an unfurling fern.

The next house has an overgrown garden. I look more closely and see it is actually well organised. There are fruit trees and vegetables - beans climbing up poles, twirling their tendrils around and around. Flowers are open and their petals seem to look at me as I pass by. Soft shades and bright colours - they're all mixed up and seem to complement each other, growing together.

I'm nearly home by now, just a walk through the parkands to go, along the path, which curves through the grass. Spiky grasses with soft furry heads wave as I amble past and some touch my leg.

As I approach my front door, I slow down and realise I don't feel overwhelmed any more. I feel energised instead and I quickly move into my studio. 

On a large piece of paper, I draw the shape of the grasses. I draw tendrils from my memory of the beans, along with the fern leaves as they open to the air. 

Before I forget the colours I've seen, I pull out fabrics. Blue sky colours, lavender, sandstone, caramel, green and flower colours. I spread the fabrics around me and touch them gently.

Settled, I set about planning the trivial but essential tasks of my life. I schedule, I clean, I shop, I eat and I work - but all the time I'm dreaming of colours and shapes and how I can translate them into cloth.

I am calm and back in control.

06 September 2014

A quick question on Saturday

You probably all have an opinion on this. You might think 'chapter titles - there are chapter titles?' or 'absolutely, they help me anticipate what's coming next' or perhaps you don't care either way.

What's your opinion?

01 September 2014

My book of the month: September

I was wowed by this book. I truly didn't know what was coming next and I was compelled to keep reading until the last twist was revealed. It is a totally engrossing psychological thriller.

You can read about Apple Tree Yard on Goodreads.