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Magazine Bags

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Lately I have been making up magazine bags. These are ideal to carry a few magazines around to your quilting  group or home from the newsagency or Op Shop.  Friends have also used them to keep together important folders e.g. medical notes or lecture notes.  The bags are an ideal size to feature my lino-cuts.

 Last week I was very pleased with a new design of the southern blue gum. I added some blossoms down one side as I was planning to team it up with one of Leesa Chandler’s designs. When I printed it up the design reminded me of  woodblock prints of the late 1800’s. The top bag shows Leesa’s gum  blossom design.


This bag has a screen print of two geckoes and I have quilted around the image. The black fabric is an aboriginal design and makes me think of the tracks left  in the sand by the animals.

This bag features a centre panel of actual  gum leaves printed onto seedy silk. I have quilted around the leaf prints and then pieced complementary colours together to create the bag.

Makers Market at Wangaratta

Friday, July 20th, 2012

On the second Sunday in July, the Makers Market was held in Wangaratta. This is an inside market, so fabulous after freezing in the frost at Warrandyte Market the previous morning.  This year was the second time for the market A lot of work has been done to establish the market as part of The Stitched Up Festival. The main Festival is held every second year, showcasing fabulous textile work around the Northeast. 2013 will be the next Festival year.

This year a lot of people attended the Makers Market. As well as the textile stalls,  several demonstrations of techniques were held. I demonstrated lino-cuts for use with textiles and card. There was great interest so I will write up a tutorial and post it on the website.

As I specialise  in designs of Australian flora and fauna, I was thrilled that a number of people had come especially to buy goods for overseas gifts. I sold a lot of glasses cases and coin/card purses . I price these at $12 so they are affordable. These products also suit a range of age groups.  The main designs sold were blue-wrens and grass-trees.  I also had created a number of A4 and A5 journal covers, some using raw edge applique of central Australian landscapes.  I was pleased when a number of people recognised the areas.