27 January 2015

Textiles Tuesday

Rain, glorious rain! That's what we are experiencing here in Sydney and my garden is soaking it all. Wonderful to see the plants greening as I watch.

Here are 18 links for you to explore this month. Please leave a comment if you find something of interest.

* Want to yarn-bomb a bollard? Enter the National Folk Festival's competition! Entries close 13 March. 

* If you think it's OK to copy pattern instructions rather than pay for a pattern, read this strong message that Homespun Magazine posted on its Facebook page. Everyone needs to understand that this sort of copyright breach is illegal and takes potential income from designers and publishers.

* Do you love Liberty fabrics (like I do)? I've discovered this fabulous online source of Liberty lawn in Australia - The Strawberry Thief. Yum!

* Last month I alerted you to classes in Brisbane with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. Now the Sydney classes have been announced12-16 June 2015 in Parramatta. Classes with Weeks Ringle, Bill Kerr, Sarah Fielke and Kerry Glen. Are you going? Decisions, decisions...

* 20-22 March: Loving Indigo exhibition, Ballan VIC.

* Have you ever considered turning your hobby into a business? This blog series from Lily's Quilts may help. 

* An invitation to participate in a freeform crochet and knit artwork from Prudence Mapstone - 50 Years of Flower Power. 

* Sewing Up a Coastal Storm is taking expressions of interest now. Coffs Harbour, NSW.

* Do you pay retail prices for fabric from a business, even if you can pay less for the same product from a co-op or Facebook group? Here's a thought-provoking article from Sew Mama Sew that explores these questions. Abby Glassenberg also asks: where do you buy your fabric?

* Now, this is handy! Why didn't I know about this yarn substitution website before? Yarnsub's yarn database contains all the major yarn brands and a lot of lesser-known brands too. You can search for yarns by their name, brand, weight (e.g. worsted) or fiber content.

* Brighten up your notebooks with fabric covers. Tutorial by Bec from Handmade and Home.

* Oh my goodness! Esther Aliu is at it again - she is generously offering another free BOM quilt pattern. It's another stunner, Oma's Blues. 

National Wool Museum, Geelong VIC: Scarf Festival 2015 - the theme is Coastlines. Entries close 8 May 2015.

* As soon as I saw that Jinny Beyer is the instructor for this FREE Craftsy BOM class, I signed up. I may never make this quilt, but I'm always interested in picking up tips from my hand-piecing heroine! 

* Details of ATASDA NSW 2015 workshops have been announced.

* Design opportunity for Thermofax printing from Smudged Textiles Studio.  

* Pat Sloan has posted block 1 of her free mystery quilt on her blog.

* How to make your own fabric label, from Marinke at A Creative Being. Handy!  

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