Monday, January 30, 2012

Onto the green

I'm going to be busy busy busy doing green ripples this week.

I'm running behind schedule. This is only no.13 of 20 cushions... Was it a full 
week ago I was on no.11? 

The first week of school has been very distracting. Yes, I'm starting to panic.

The pattern is Lucy's and the yarn is Jo's.

Hope it's a good week for you :)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

More recycling...

I've posted on these guys before... They are amazing artists and so inspiring... 

They staged an installation in Warsaw called Recycling Sunday to not only 
encourage recycling, but also familiarise the residents with the colour codes 
used to separate different kinds of recycled garbage... blue for paper, yellow 
for metal and green for glass.

1000 bags in these three colours were inflated with lights and distributed
around a plaza.

Apparently, Warsaw has no recycling program... it'd be interesting to find out 
whether this installation had some impact on that :)

photos by Gustavo Sanabria

Friday, January 27, 2012

Inspiration: Recycled/Repurposed

Love this! A recycling feature in the US Elle magazine.
Designers given the task of creating a piece of couture from 
a selection of garments.

That ruffled skirt is just magic! :)

Found via Blue Moss

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Been busy + getting distracted...

I've been a bad blogger lately, but I have been busy. 
There's been a lot of crocheting going on hereabouts... I'm currently working on 
the 11th out of the 20 cushions ordered. I still have a baby blanket to do as well, 
so not quite halfway yet. 

It's been quite a lesson in staying focussed for someone like me who seems to flit 
around from one idea to the next ;)

I haven't quite managed to stay focussed though... I've been crocheting some 
more covert bunting... My cousin had a baby girl the other day, so I dropped 
everything to get together a little something for her. (Thank goodness I have 
so many triangles I've already crocheted in my stash).

I tried something slightly different from last time. What do you think of the white 
border?... or does it look better plain?

As per usual, though, when I must be doing something all I can think about is 
something else ;) I've been dreaming about getting back to printing some fabric.
Hope you've been doing fun things?

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Something that might interest you... 

I've just come across this grant for Australian citizens wanting to expand + 
improve their business in textiles, clothing or footwear. All the info about this 
government grant can be found here

They're awarding grants of up to $50,000. 
Closing date for applications is 24th February 2012. 

Just thought it might be of interest :)

*photos from grant application site.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Mountain holiday

We're back from a dreamy week away. It's always so restful...

So many amazing sunsets this time...

(This is really what it looked like! I haven't altered the photo at all.)

Chess, Scrabble, jigsaws (and lots of crocheting for me)....

Goanna encounters...

Looking up at incredible canopies...

And walks every day...

I guess that's the end of the holidays. We have to start getting ready for the 
new school year now. We have a week to cover school books and buy new 
school shoes etc... oh joy ;) 
Holidays always go so quickly, don't they? Hope yours are going well :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pattern making (of a different sort)

I found this wonderful book on drafting your own patterns and thought it might 
be fun to try this method of dressmaking construction... (I've decided the just-cut-
and-adapt-later method is rather wasteful).

And this is what I made...

I asked my big girl for a description of her 'perfect dress', took exhaustive 
measurements and then drafted my pattern. I made a mock-up in calico, which 
ended up being the lining.

It's not perfect but all in all I think it's okay. She loves it too and has already worn 
it out and about (which surely with any teenager is the real barometer of whether 
it's 'passed the grade'?!) ;)

Now she wants me to make her a dress from Belinda's and Susie's beautiful fabrics...
but she'll have to wait for a bit. We're off to the mountains for a break. I'm so 
looking forward to pure crochet time :) Oh, and I'm really looking forward to reading 
the new Haruki Murakami book too...

Have a lovely week!