I was recently commissioned to make a batch of sample soaps for an Adelaide based fabric and sewing supply store called The Drapery. The soap I made was The Emperor's Chai, and I packaged these in small brown envelopes and added labels designed by my friend Karena at Magic Jelly - more on Karena later. The soaps will be given away to The Drapery customers so if you are after a natural, sustainable fabric or some indie designer patterns or books, then I recommend giving The Drapery a look.
Talking to the lovely ladies from The Drapery about the amount of people out there taking up, re-visiting or continuing home sewing is inspiring. I was reminded of the recent trip my partner and I made to Melbourne where we caught up with our friends and where we got to talking about blogs. It transpires that our friend has a blog called Needle & Spindle in which she talks eloquently about her love of knitting, crocheting and spinning. I marvel at our friend's talent and passion! I have since been eyeing up balls of wall thinking, yes, maybe I can start learning that mysterious (to me!) art of knitting and this was largely driven by my sighting of this brilliant winter hat on Needle & Spindle:
And if that hat isn't enough, guess what it is called? A Pineapple Stack hat! I love it! Our friend designed the distinctive pineapple stitch and offers the pattern for sale via Ravelry. This hat has even won awards! I'd like mine beany-style, with a fold-up and pompom. Yes.
And back to Karena, she has taken up sewing again with her usual vigour. She applies the same meticulous attention to detail to her sewing as she does to her art and design. But Karena has taken this all one step further (of course!) by designing her own fabrics! What?! you say? I know, who designs their own fabrics? Well, take a look at these beauties:
I absolutely love the moths of course, but look, the lillies are brilliant too. You can purchase these fabrics for yourself through Magic Jelly's shop at Spoonflower. I have seen the fabrics printed and they look fantastic! Available in a range of beautiful fabrics including a whole lot of natural fibres - combed cotton, cotton poplin, cotton voile, linen cotton canvas, organic cotton knit, organic cotton sateen, heavy cotton twill or silk crepe de Chine.
Making things is great fun, and I'm lucky to know so many talented creative types.