Costumes and decor for “space dance”

I’ve been back at the sewing machine and busy with paint, creating costumes  and decor for our class dance performance. We used ultra-violet lights for the performance had an ‘outer space’ theme, so the everything was planned to glow like stars, comets and planets. Come check out more on my teaching blog!

Some more Puriri moths


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Some more creatures from my Puriri moth collection. I got such a lovely response to the last lot, you’ve prompted me to share more!

Thank you for your kind words about these little lovelies. It seems they are well liked. That is encouraging and heartening to me.


“Helmut Makes A Quilt” short film about sewing is out NOW

Crafters, quilters and stitchers in New Zealand, there’s a film playing at the New Zealand Film Festival that you must see. “Helmut Makes A Quilt” is a locally-made short film, about the friendship between two people who sew. Quilter Marion starts a penpal exchange with Helmut, an unlikely crafter who stitches in the prison laundry.

Their friendship grows through the gifts they make and send to each other. That’s where the New Zealand crafting community came into it. Volunteer stitchers, including me, created the dozens of goods that the characters created. It was a wonderful experience to sew for and work on this film (which I will write about later), and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.

The film is made by the hugely talented Greg Wood, which speaks volumes for it already. And the word that I’ve heard, from reliable sources, is that advance screenings have been really, really good. But heck, it’s about sewing! Quilting! That gives it extra points in my book

“Helmut Makes A Quilt” is scheduled to play before David Gordon Green‘s feature-length film “Prince Avalanche” during the Film Festival. There are three screening sessions in Auckland, which are as follows:

Friday 19th July, 8.45 pm at Rialto
Thursday 25th July, 4.30 pm at Sky City Theatre
Friday 26th July, 7.00 pm at Sky City Theatre
Other screenings around the country are yet to be announced. If you’re in Auckland, come join me at the very first big screen showing of “Helmut Makes A Quilt” this Friday.

Fly away my lovelies! A collection of Puriri moths released

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Fly away my little lovelies … meet Hena, Marama, Mahina, Lune and friends. These textile Puriri moths are flying away from my studio and I will miss them so!

They are named for the moon they greet when they emerge from their chrysalis at night. Each is slightly different and I’ve learned that the easiest way to identify them, is by the markings on their wings.

A small collection of them are going to a special art project here in Auckland. They’ll be left in the wild, settled in trees and balanced on branches, for some lucky people to come across, wonder about and maybe even take home. I’ve left a little note with each one, so perhaps we’ll be able to follow where they end up.

Two others have already found homes, one in the South Island of New Zealand and another in England.

And my precious Luna, the very first Puriri moth to emerge from my hands and nestle in Richard’s, is staying right here with us.