Monday, January 28, 2019

Class List January 2019

Happy New Year to one and all. Here is the new class list for the first term in 2019. Please contact me if you want to participate in any class. Payment is due when booking to ensure your place in class. Cancellations received within 2 weeks of class commencement receive no refund unless a replacement can be found. If we cancel the class for any reason you will receive a full refund. Have a look and see if there is anything new you might like to join in and learn.
Art Journaling with Lynette Collis - 5 Wednesday starting 13 February, then one week break and 4 more 27 Feb, 6, 13 & 20 March 7-9pm $75
I've been art journaling since 2009 to capture memories, document my days, remember holidays, experiment and fit creative play into my life. I will show you lots of techniques to use in your own personal journal.Samples in store

Easter Egg Hunt Quilt - Sunday 17 February 9:30am - 4pm $45
Dianne has designed this lovely Easter Quilt for you. Features raw edges applique and quilting but if you prefer turned edge applique Dianne can share some techniques.

Fabric Covered Storage Boxes - Thursday 21 February $15
Dianne created these lovely fabric covered storage boxes made from ordinary cardboard boxes. Come along and see how easy you can colour co-ordinate and theme your storage to suit. You can piece your fabrics or use just 2 (outer and lining).

Star Book - Lynette Collis  Saturday 23 February 10am - 4pm  $45
Lynette is teaching her Star book for me - you will learn lots of techniques - it can be all paper/image based or you can incorporate textiles a well. Folds up to a standard book style but opens up into a lovely star pattern. You choose the theme of your book.

Fabric Clock Tuesday 5th March 7-9pm $15 plus materials fee
Dianne has created a quilted fabric design and added clock parts to make a very personalised clock. You can use a pieced block or preprinted fabric design. You don't have to quilt it, but I think it gives more depth to a textile piece.
Modern Broderie Perse Class - Tuesday 12 March 7-9pm $15
Dianne will show how you can take parts of printed fabric and use them in a modern version of Broderie Perse, a form of applique popular in the late 1800's. Because printed chintz fabric was very expensive they cut out designs and appliqued them onto a plainer background to make larger items like bed quilts. I will show you a modern version, doesn't have to be floral designs. I made 3 similar designs to show you different backgrounds and stitches. 
Cork Bag Wednesday 27 March 7-9pm  $20 includes pattern
Dianne has designed this lovely bag made using cotton fabric and cork fabric. This is real cork that has been sliced thinly and applied to a fabric base. It is very soft and very popular for all sorts of sewing projects especially bags. Sustainable, stain resistant and water resistant so ideal for this. I chose to use a star cutout section, you can have another design or an applique in its place.
Miniature Quilts - regular monthly class on 3rd Friday every month (except Easter when it will be 2nd Friday) 1-3pm $15
Dianne shows you a new technique each time to make some wonderful miniature quilts. Here is a sample from previously.
Please contact me if you have any queries regarding any of these classes. 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fabric Strip Club January

This Saturday 12th January is the first Fabric Strip Club for this year. I have designed a new quilt for this and look forward to sharing the techniques with attendees who come along between 9am - 10am. In the FREE demo I will share these techniques on how I created this quilt and you get to purchase the pattern for only $6, plus you get 10% discount on any purchase you make (excluding sewing machines and vouchers)
Here is a photo of the last quilt made in December - this one was made to look like ornaments hanging, but could easily look good in many other fabric styles - batiks, oriental etc.

A new item in store is Cork Fabric. A wonderful soft and supple, sustainable product which is stain resistant, water resistant, can be stamped, stencilled, coloured, stitched and machine embroidered. I 
have one cork design by the metre (60cm wide $40 per metre) and then a selection of precuts 15" x 18" $22. Here are the cork designs we currently have....

I have had fun creating samples using the cork fabric and found it really easy to stitch with. I did not need a special foot, just used my nnormal 1/4" foot and a #80 needle and had no problems.
Here are the samples I have made so far. At the top are a zippered pouch, a passport cover and a luggage label.

The photo above is a handbag I have designed and almost finished making using a mixture of cork and cotton fabric. Really pleased with the way this has turned out. If there is sufficient interest I willorder more designs by the metre as this is much better value. Do call in and see the samples and maybe buy some to try yourself.