The Craft Sessions

The Craft Sessions

I’m so excited! In a few day’s time, I’ll be attending The Craft Sessions weekend workshop in the beautiful Yarra Valley! I’m signed up for both Saturday and Sunday classes with the fabulous Sophie Parslow who writes a great blog called Cirque du Bébé.

On Saturday, she’ll be teaching us the ins and outs of making the Wiksten Tank. I probably could sew the Wiksten Tank on my own, in fact I know I can, but I picked this class to learn how to do a really nice rolled hem “worth bragging about”, as Sophie promises. Somehow I’ve lost a little confidence as a dressmaker, and I’m looking forward to the kick-start this weekend will give me.

Sunday will be equally amazing – we’ll be learning all about sewing with knits. I never had the courage to try sewing with knits on my 37-year-old Husqvarna, so I’m really looking forward to this one, learning how to use my new Husqvarna on knits. Hopefully my grandson will end up with a fabulous little Figgy’s Banyan t-shirt. Do you read Sophie’s blog? If not, you really must! She’s such an inspiration to me and so many others. I can’t wait to meet her at the weekend!!!

You know, I do keep wishing there was at least one more day of classes available, just so I could also do the half-day embroidery class with Melissa Wastney from the gorgeous blog Tiny Happy. I love to embroider, as you can tell with this and this quilt, this coverlet, and this pillow case, and I’m always wanting to learn more. I also would have loved to do the block printing on fabric half-day class with Leslie Keating of the truly inspiring blog, Maze & Vale. Not to mention the indigo blue dyeing class, and…. well, you see what I mean. Do you think I had a little difficulty making up my mind about what to sigh up for? You bet I did! So many great instructors and great classes! Oh well, next time I guess.

So now I’m dealing with having to decide which fabric to use for my Wiksten Tank top class. Here are my options. Which would you choose?

I hope to be tweeting/instagramming/blogging (maybe) throughout the weekend. I hope you’ll follow me.

Helene x


The Craft Sessions, are you going?

The Craft Sessions

I booked myself in the minute registrations opened! I love crafty weekends away. I love the Yarra Valley. I love meeting up with talented fellow crafters. The Craft Session is the brain-child of Felicia Semple, a very talented knitter (username ‘FlickaFish’ on Pinterest and Ravely). I’ve given my preferences for workshops I’d like to do, and I hope I get my first choices, but regardless, I’ll be equally delighted with my second and even my third choices, if it came to that.

Wiksten Tank

For Saturday, I’ve asked to do the Wiksten Tank Sewing class. Sophie Parslow from  Cirque Du Bebe is teaching the class, and even though I have made tank tops before, I’m really looking forward to spending the day with Sophie, and gleaning every bit of technical and creative inspiration I can from her. This class goes all day, so I should come away with a beautiful tank top, and heaps of fabulous notes, as well as the ability to do a beautiful, professional turned hem! Never have been able to master that one, so I’m pumped.

Embroidery  - Modern Sampler

Sunday is going to be a fun day with two classes, one in the morning, another in the afternoon. The morning will be spent with the wonderful Melissa Wastney of the Tiny Happy blog, who’s teaching the Embroidery – Modern Sampler class. Yes, I’ve embroidered before, eg. here and here, but I’m told that Melissa will be catering for all skill levels in her class, so I’m really looking forward to it. I love to embroider, and am keenly looking forward to learning more techniques to augment my skills.

Block Printing on Fabric

In the afternoon, I’ll be doing the Block Printing on Fabric class with Leslie Keating. I love her blog! I have followed another fabric block print rockstar, Geninne’s Art Blog, religiously now for ages and ages, and I’ve often thought about trying my hand with the Speedball lino, but just never really got to first base with it – which actually means that I’ve not bought any of it. So when I saw this class listed, I knew this was for me. I’m also rather partial to Leslie’s stamped fabrics that she sells in her Etsy store, maze & vale.

So, that’s what I’ll be doing on that October weekend. As well as taking part in early morning yoga session, enjoying a drink or two and indulging in that fabulous thing that happens when crafting women get together in a fabulous countryside location. Can’t wait! Do let me know if you’re also going, won’t you?

x Helene

PS. One of the items on the list of things to bring to the weekend is my sewing machine. I’m in the process of writing a blog post about a very exciting occurrence in that department. Should be ready to post it in the next 24 hours, so watch for it :)

A beautiful gift from Teegs

Look what rocked up in my mailbox this week…

beautiful Flores

beautiful Flores

It’s no secret that I love Ink & Spindle.  Do you know it? It’s where Tegan Rose and Lara Cameron create the most beautiful screen-printed fabrics over in their studio in Kensington, Melbourne, and I’m a huge fan. I’ve made many a bag for myself including this and this and this pouch and this earphones-pod using their stunning fabrics, and I have a little stash I’ve collected for making some of my new clothes later this year.

my ink & spindle fabric stash

my ink & spindle fabric stash

A little while ago, Tegan created a Pozible fundraiser to help her get to Mexico to study, and of course, without hesitation, I contributed.

I’d forgotten about what I’d been promised by my level of contribution, so when this parcel arrived in the mail, I was so surprised! I thought I was simply getting a lovely postcard or something, which would have been special enough, but I am so over the moon in love with this beautiful piece of deliciousness. Here’s a little note the Teegs put in, giving details of the fabric…

chempasuchil flowers

of course, the good old chempasuchil flowers! (never heard of them, have you?)

Now, I wonder what it will become – part of a skirt for summer? Or the front of a Victoria Blazer perhaps? Or possibly the front of a little Sorbetto tank? Hmmm… lots of possibilities.


Oh, and if you’d like to  get yourself some of this pretty fabric, sorry but, as you can read, this colourway was a special for those of us who supported Teegs  to go to Mexico. Did you happen to notice (as I just did!) that the Flores colourway will fit in perfectly with the fabrics I already have from Ink & Spindle? I must clearly love these colours, huh. I’m sure I also equally adore their other colours, but there you go!

Anyway, the good news is that Flores will apparently be in the Ink & Spindle shop in a different colourway soon, so if you like it, keep an eye out for it!