Kia ora and welcome. I am Caroline Larnach, a lover of all things creative, from Auckland, New Zealand. I am a primary school teacher; I also have a teaching blog, which focuses on the integration of arts and literacy.
My main creative interests are in textile arts, following my passions for designing and creating clothing, homeware and embroidered art.
I learned needlework at the knees of my grandmothers, one talented in cross-stitch and tapestry and the other adept at free-form. From those beginnings, I developed an illustrative embroidery style that blends traditional methods with an aesthetic inspired by the worlds of tattoo and street-art.
I was taught machine sewing by my mother, the talented seamstress and artist Katy Sanson. Armed with technical know-how and a belief in my ability to create, I continued to find my own way with a machine when I left home. Mastering basic sewing templates led to pattern hacking and self-designing. Today, my creations tends toward understated clothing and boldly patterned homeware.
This blog is a fusion of my interests in creating, textiles, local businesses, vintage furniture and graphic arts. You’ll also find glimpses of my home and snapshots of favourite corners, as I take you on my creative journey in this blog. Welcome to my world.