Opulent Overlays

Here’s a sneak peek of the Opulent Overlays workshop happening here as we speak. The incomparable Lisa Walton is here today showing us how to incorporate the shapes and curves of intricate ironwork into our textile artwork. This is our progress so far:


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Well a very topsy turvy week this week. It all started when a sewerage manhole a street away became blocked. This started a chain of events which ended with a pipe on our property spewing unmentionable grossness over an area adjacent to the fabric store. While the Urban Utilities people did solve the problem and cleaned up the area, the shelving that held the fabric was not in a fit state to use again, nor could it be salvaged. So the contents of five shelves is currently on the classroom tables – which is why we haven’t been able to have classes this week. I am assured that the professional cleaning team is coming out on Thursday to use their high powered hoses and so on to ensure everything is absolutely clean clean clean.

On a brighter note I had a very enjoyable birthday on Sunday. The teenager-in-residence and I drove to Warwick for the ‘Jumpers and Jazz Festival’. We met up with Mum and Dad, and along with Miss B we stayed for the weekend. The dutiful daughter and the heir travelled to see us on Friday so it was quite a family event. We enjoyed the yarn bombed trees, the textile exhibitions, the jazz music and the steam train. Here are some photos for you to enjoy…


I would highly recommend this weekend and look forward to being able to go again next year.

After the festival we returned to the realities of restoring the fabric room and cancelling classes, however, my lovely ladies didn’t let me down. When I arrived home this afternoon after collecting the teenager-in-residence from school I found this present at my door.


I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to visiting Shine Beauty for the treatments. And I absolutely LOVE the pen with the Swarovski crystals. Thanks so much to the best quilting customers in the world!!

Art Attack

Another exciting day with a visit to the open day of the Textile Art Academy. There was an array of amazing creations both from the artists and their students. The academy has been running workshops this week and the creativity of its members was evident today. From artist’s books to monoprinting (with Sandra Pearce) and from basketry to felted creations the whole place was a feast for the eyes and a great source of inspiration.  It was difficult to avoid bringing everything home (and indeed there is an addition to the decor in the workroom).

Svenja, a textile artist who lives here in Brisbane, had a display of her work with some amazing wearable art from dyed silk scarves to a siren of the sea.   Here are some photos to whet your appetite.


Ok so not what you’d wear down to the corner shop for a loaf of bread but pretty special aren’t they! Actually my friend Jan and I were commenting on many of the ladies who wore distinctive clothing – all individually designed artwork. Not only were these artistic statements but some were entirely personal. One lady wore what was essentially of travel journal. Each area of the piece had embroidery or appliqué that referred to some part of her trip to Western Australia. I would love to have a more avant garde wardrobe but wouldn’t dare wear something too bohemian. Rather sad as this would be a wonderfully tactile way of exploring my fascination with textiles. Maybe one day…… What about you? Would you like to be less beige sometimes?