What am I working on?

The class list of course.

It’s real. I have been working on this list for 4 solid weeks and I still have quite a ways to go. Why does it take so long?
It is a really complex thing to organise. But apart from that I agonise over which classes you will like and then I agonise over when each class should run and then I agonise over the samples and the course materials and then I agonise over how long it is taking me to organise. So, you see it is an agonising process for me.

Sunday Drive

Today was a lovely day for a drive. We headed south to Victor Harbor

This is a Tilda selection at Whyte House Gallery, a lovely craft shop I popped into.
We drove home through the countryside and came across a lovely view on Springmount Rd.

On the way home we stopped in a country town called Myponga and I had a chocolate milkshake, the first time I’ve had a milkshake for years and it was so yummy.

Of course I needed a little Nanna Nap when we arrived home but now I’m ready for some stitching.

What a lovely day!


Out with the old and in with the new.
Happy new year and thank you for sharing my world. I’m feeling happy and full of inspiration and enthusiasm and I’m really looking forward to all the great things in life that 2014 will bring.


I’d like to thank you for continuing to support us throughout 2013 and wish you a very happy Christmas.
We will be closed on Christmas Day but will reopen on Boxing Day at 10am.

Merry Christmas

I’d like to thank all of our customers for continuing to support us throughout 2013 and to wish you all a very merry Christmas.

We will be closed on Christmas Day but we reopen on Boxing Day at 10am.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Japanese Woven Bags

japanese woven bag

Vintage, 30′s style bag.

japanese woven bag
Bright and beautiful, one fabric.

japanese woven bags
Japanese fabrics.

We’ve had a great time making Japanese Woven Bags for the last few weeks in our Wednesday night Stash Management Group.

The girls have made them in all different styles of fabrics ranging from Japanese traditional indigos and taupes, Batiks, Vintage prints as well as bright, bold prints. There’ll be some very happy ladies when they open their gifts on Christmas morning.

The bag is easy to make but it helps a lot to have more than one pair of hands helping to keep the woven strips under control. At times we weren’t sure if we were bag making or playing Twister. The laughter did get a bit rowdy at times. So much fun!

If you’d like to join a lovely group we have a vacancy starting 16th January 2013. Phone for details.


Mr 5's first quilt

Where is your Sewing Sanctuary?

My sewing sanctuary could be anywhere, it is any place I have a needle and thread between my fingers, a beautiful piece of fabric on my lap and a great idea or pattern, as well as some spare time to sit and stitch.

Mr 5's first quilt

Mr 5′s first quilt

I love threads of all different types and colours. I love silky cotton and shiny silk thread. Warm, wonderful wools, marvelous metallics and pretty perles. But what I love most is the textures and images I can create using the right combination of needle, thread and stitches. A Monet’s garden of roses, daisies, hollyhocks, lavender and lilies.

But first I need something to embroider. So I sit at my favourite sewing machine and cut and stitch and press away, making handbags for friends, quilts for much anticipated grandbabies, toys to soothe toddlers, dolls to entertain the not so young and all sorts of clothing from slippers to hats and garments to cover every part inbetween.

Where’s yours? Do you have a special place, or some special friends that share your sewing passion? Share your idea of what makes sewing your sanctuary.

Playing hookie

I’ve spent the past 2 days enjoying the friendly, peaceful company of my gorgeous, funny big family. I love being with them. Wherever we are, all together, is home. I love you all.