Sunday, September 14, 2014

fast forward

In three short working days I will be on holidays. The to-do list has been gently started and I will need three lifetimes to achieve it all. (of course).
I am currently making some fun stuff, just for me, in among all the other stuff and I am getting it wrong and stuffing it up and enjoying it like crazy.
Right at the end of the break I'll be heading back to Warracknabeal to enjoy Stitching in Spring with Rosalie and Melly. (We are like a three woman comedy / stitching act these days - you should book us !).

It is going to be a great weekend and Warracknabeal has one of my favourite junk / vintage shops ever. It has everything !

After Warracknabeal I will be doing a hand sewing class at The Cotton Factory here in Ballarat. You can book online and choose any of these fellows to make. In fact by the time the class comes around there will be a sixth little chubster to choose from !

In the mean time I am going to fit a full working week into three days, go out for dinner with the kids, sew a few more turtles and dream of hind legs and tattoos.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

pattern writing

Today is pattern writing day. 
So obviously I have updated the shop, baked brownies and farted about on Pinterest.
I may have glanced at Bookface and spent some time on Instagram.
I have had eleventy-five cups of tea and answered those emails that linger right at the bottom of the inbox.
I have chatted with the dog, despaired at the mess and eaten cold pizza.

 I also sewed that purple pin right into the seam of the project that of course I am not working on, because I am pattern writing.

Friday, September 12, 2014

On the road

There has been a touch of busy-ness around these parts lately. Just before I was felled by the disease-most-hideous, I was designer-by-invitation at Melbourne Urban stitches.
St Kilda was a fantastic venue - ( even if Lunar Park was closed). We stitched and chatted and laughed for the whole weekend. I got to catch up with lots of crafty friends and I  met some great new ones.

Last weekend saw me jet off to Sydney with Mellly and Me and Rosalie Quinlan for the Sydney version. I haven't been to Sydney for years and I felt a bit nostalgic for those misspent teenage times loitering about the Sydney train stations. 
We had a fantastic time and somehow ended up belly-dancing in the street.
 (photographic evidence on Instagram).

fox toy, felt fox

This little man was my Urban Stitches project and he joins the rest of the little hand-sewn family. I really enjoy these little guys and while I am not planning on covering the whole alphabet , I can tell you I am not quite finished with them yet.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I'm not ignoring you.

I am a bit sick and a bit feverish and in that weird half asleep state at the moment.

As time goes on, my sewing room and the state of my brain grow increasingly similar.

Sunday, August 10, 2014


 green turtle,
 two green turtles, 
 three green turtles
 Five green turtles,
 six green turtles
 seven green turtles
more !

T is for Turtle is ready at last. he is in the shop and there is a 20 % discount for the weekend if you use the code FELTY.

I have been blanket stitchin' in me sleep.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Money money money

Money can be a touchy subject I know, but we are all friends here.
A friend of mine has been asked to do some stitching work for someone else.

My friend's stitching is beautiful . 
She is wondering what and how to charge for something like this, so I said I would ask the Brain's trust (that's you guys) on her behalf.

Is  it a charge by the hour thing?
Charge by the piece? 
Have you ever sewn / stitched / crafted for someone else in a formal kind of paid way.

Share your wisdom folks.
(Needless to say no-one would ever employ me based on my stitchery work)

Friday, August 1, 2014


I have set a Personal Best in tea-drinking and faffing today.