Date Posted: 7 June 2017  

  Quick question - why do YOU sew? Yes - you can choose more than one.... And, what do you sew? Patchwork? Garments? Do you do crafts other than sewing? I'm asking because I'm making plan to better serve your needs. So, do tell :-) ShelleySignatureSmall xoxox   P.S. And here...

Date Posted: 14 May 2017  

  In fact, she's not all that handy with most craft either. My Mum is utterly lost around sewing machines. Though there was one thing that she enjoyed: knitting and crocheting. From time to time, she would be so proud of her work that she'd dress my brother and I head to toe in her creations. The most memorable was the daisy afghan poncho with matching barrette in shades of orange - in the most scratchy, hairy mohair that gave you a mouthful of hair whenever you attempted to speak. And she made a matching set for each of us. This picture doesn't even come close.....   Share:

Date Posted: 11 May 2017  

  Do you have a thing that you've made, that means something extra special to you? It doesn't even have to be your best work - rather, a personal favourite? Here's the story of THE favourite thing I've made... After my first attempt at serious sewing

Date Posted: 21 December 2016  

What's sewing got to do with it, you ask? A lot. Let me go into it a bit more.... In my former life as a fashion designer holding a senior position, I was working at a family-run boutique fashion house. I was involved in everything from hiring staff, training them and retaining them, retail sales AND the actual job I was hired to do, which was producing FOUR collections every year. You get the picture. Quite often I had to put in almost 24 / 7 to meet production and sampling deadlines, because I WAS the business; everything was in my head!I ran on pure adrenalin, with a good measure of stress thrown in. Then one day I woke up, and...

Date Posted: 1 December 2016  

  I celebrated my birthday recently, and it got me thinking about the most memorable present - my very own sewing machine - on my 15th birthday. I first got bitten by the sewing bug in primary school - hand sewing little felt toys. This continued well into high school when hand stitching just wasn't keeping up with scales of things I wanted to make any more - try making a doona cover and bedspread with valances by hand! So the 14-year-old me started wandering into sewing machine stores after school - huge school bag and PE gears in toll... I soon realised unsupervised teens with huge bags weren...

Date Posted: 13 November 2016  

  I was that bored high school kid with a sewing machine, so I would occasionally make a few wearable "fashion" here and there - mainly because mum didn't really let me go shopping but was ok with buying fabric from time to time - especially if there was a sale. I had no idea how things were supposed to be done. Instead, I just made it up as I went. I simply traced off from my own clothes and never used a pattern. It mostly worked, so I'd sometimes wear my own creation to Casual Days at school, and I guess words spread that I sew. One day I got a call from Katherine. A friend of a friend from a neighbouring school. Sc...

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