Saturday, April 30, 2011


 This week in Balmain, I've hung one of Sarah Fielke's beautiful quilts from her new book,
from little things..... it's such a stunning quilt, with so many different pieces of awesome fabric and lovingly hand quilted.

We still have some spots available in Sarah's classes - a great way to learn new techniques, perfect the ones you have and be inspired by Sarah on a regular basis.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

hexie love continues

We have a BIG easter break coming up, but the shops both will open for easter saturday (we will be closed friday, sunday, monday and tuesday).

I have been playing with fabrics again, and came up with another addition to our hexi love album.

No this is not it, but without realizing it, this is my inspiration.  Marnie (you may remember that she worked in the shop a while back, and is still one of my favourite visitors), was working on a fantastic crochet piece using Noro silk garden and hexagons. I had this pic archived away in my favourites, and began working on a new project a few weeks ago.
I chose to use all fabrics that were in the store on that selected day.  I wanted to use lots, and little (20 cm strips of each).  I cut and cut, and home it all came.
The process needed to be quick and easy to translate as a shop sample, I hoped to have the top finished before embarking on the class lists (see last post).
Not quite finished piecing am I (still need to join the triangles, and rows), but I think you will get the gist.

As it emerged I realized the connection between my subconscious memory of Marnie's work and the work in progress.  Therefore the finished quilt can only have one name... Marnie.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

classes, classes, classes...

 (lace shawl by Clare Lakewood - mosman park)

Lace knitting is big... we have a class at each store to show you the tricks.  See also the abundance of other knitting disciplines we are teaching this term.

 (crochet cushion by Heather Hunt - balmain)

(flower crochet by Danielle Reader - mosman park)
Crochet still continues to be enchanting to many... and with samples like this, who could wonder why?

(Amish inspired quilt - Anthea Carboni - mosman park)

(cushion cover - Sheena Chapman - balmain)

Abundant ideas being taught for our stitchy girls - the two above are just to whet the appetite.

And Sarah Fielke is teaching for us in Balmain - how lucky are we to offer the opportunity, and you to have the option to take that opportunity!

Her new book 'Quilting From Little Things' is inspirational and relevant.  Don't let these learning opportunities with Sarah elude you.

Flick over to our website and pop into the class list relevant to you - I think you might find something to tempt you.  I have only shown you here a sprinkling of the many options available to you this term.

Two shops means long days for me lately... but a greater joy there is not!  I'm off to the land of slumber...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Stocking Up For Winter

The much anticipated 2ply crewel wool arrived in Balmain today.  It will reach Perth any day now.


Our first shipment of Noro.


Pop in and stock up for winter. Start dreaming about those winter projects, the chill is in the air.