Making for baby · Sewing

Sewing for baby – crocheted and quilted blankets

This pair of blankets were made as “do all” blankets – you know, for the stroller, the car, playing on the floor, having a cuddle, whatever.  They’re simple forms with only a little adornment – just enough to make ’em look cool and individual, without being too precious. It is a very long time since I blogged regularly… Continue reading Sewing for baby – crocheted and quilted blankets

Making for baby · Sewing · Soft toys

Making seagull toys from felt

Meet Swoop and Sheila, the first of a flock of seagulls I am making for a baby mobile. I couldn’t find any patterns for a soft toy seagull in flight (or any other sea birds for that matter), so I drafted my own. These two are sightly different, as I’m trying out variations on the… Continue reading Making seagull toys from felt

art · Sewing

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!

Sewing · Soft toys · Textiles

Some more Puriri moths

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. Related articles Fly away my lovelies! A collection… Continue reading Some more Puriri moths

Quilting · Sewing

“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.… Continue reading “Helmut Makes A Quilt” short film about sewing is out NOW