Monday, March 28, 2011

Sporty Spice

Well, I wish! I do enjoy participating in a quite a few exercise based activities - Zumba, tap dancing, Pilates ....and I never feel that great in the gym wear available commercially, so I was super keen to try the Jalie pattern that quite a few of you have already made. Fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics - and this stuff is JUST FANTASTIC! It's super super soft and drapes like anything - it's light and stretchy and I love it!!

This is an excellent pattern I have only made Jalie twice before - but I am super impressed with the sizing - it fits as it should!! It was really really quick to sew up.

I extended the leg length.

They have a contrast waist and and side panels which feature a little pocket for keys / MP3 etc.

Now, this bicycle is an electric bike - we've been trialling it from Sydney Electric Bikes.They are heaps of fun to ride, then recharge, and ride again - you do have to pedal -and then the motor kicks in ... cheating? Well, better than sitting in a car I say!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Fabric Printing with Miranda Earle

I have just completed a weekend workshop of Fabric Printing at Miranda Earle's studio. It was fabulous fun made all the more enjoyable in the company of some mates: Nic. Trish and Tony. Miranda taught us how to use square and triangle lino blocks to produce repeatable designs. Her own work is distinctive and quite beautiful. I'll let the photos tell the rest of the story.
Inspiration for my design.

My initial sketch.

Design transferred onto lino block and the carving process begins.

Nic and Trish in action.

My design printed - Here I chose to print in sections ready for a bag.

Trish's delicate and gorgeous poppies.

Nic's fantastic fish!

Tony's Japanese inspired design - a striking and effective overall print.

Great work - thanks Miranda!!!