Look what rocked up in my mailbox this week…
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
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…
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.
THANKS SO MUCH TEEGS! I ADORE IT!!!
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!
So first, the update. I haven’t been posting really for quite a few weeks. Apart from that quick flash of images I posted recently. Have you missed me? I’ve definitely missed you.
My eldest daughter has been a bit unwell for the past 4 weeks or so, and I’ve been over there pretty much nine to five, Monday to Friday, taking care of her, and her baby. The latter is a very sweet labour of love; my grandson is adorable. Unfortunately, my daughter hasn’t been feeling the best, and although I adore hanging out with her, it’s hard as her mother to watch my girl be ill. Luckily, the medicine is kicking in, and she’s on the mend. It’s not over yet though, and I’m down to half days instead of full ones over at her house.
Zaida Moshe and Austin
Today, she decided to try to do the whole day on her own. I haven’t heard from her, and it’s lunch time, so I hope she makes it through OK. She’s amazing, you know. Never once – at least not when I’ve seen – has she lost it, gotten crabby, down, or anything remotely like that. She’s taken it all in her stride, mostly with a smile and a laugh.
Well, that’s where I’ve been. I have done some sewing though, that’ll I’ll have to show you. The bag I showed you in my last post was made mostly by catching 15 minutes here, 10 minutes there, a full half hour here. I also made these, in the same way. Although they really didn’t take much time at all.
I'm calling this my 'iPad Slipcase, or "Travel-Light" Bag'
My little "dumpling" make-up pouch
Finally, a new earphones pod! Yay!
You did notice that all the above pieces match my Winter Nest Satchel, yes? All in the same beautiful Ink & Spindle and Kristen Doran fabrics, yes? Now it’s like I have a whole personalized, matching range of accessories for my handbag. Handles one of my obsessions. Know what I mean? I love it! What patterns did I use? Well, the iPad slipcase is my very own creation. The Dumpling Make-up Pouch is by Michelle Patterns. And the earphone pod is by Erin Erickson. You’ll find more detailed images of these items here:
1. iPad Slipcase, or “Travel-lightly” Bag
2. Dumpling Make-up Pouch
3. Earphones Pod 02
4. YSG! Winter Nest Satchel
You can also find them all on the Bags Pouches Purses page, along with my other finished bags and things.
So now, you’ve read all the way to here. Thank you! But now, you’re wondering… “Didn’t she say something about some exciting news? Very exciting, even?” OK, here it is…
On 1st July, I’ll be launching my brand new business. I can’t tell you what it’s called, because then you’ll just do a search and find my very un-ready site. Not cool, know what I mean? However, I will tell you that I’ll be stocking all of Nikki Mallalieu’s “You SEW Girl!” products. Patterns and bag hardware. All of it! Including two beautiful brand new patterns that Nikki’s launching. I know you can already get some of Nikki’s patterns around town, and some shops even sell some of her hardware. I’ll be stocking everything, so you can pick up whatever you need right from my online store! I’ll be starting my shop with Nikki’s products, because I love them so much, and will be adding more product lines as the business grows.
OK that’s it for now.
Hi everyone, sorry, no time to write too much today. Couldn’t wait to show you though, so pictures only today. Large tote & satchel pattern by You Sew, Girl! Fabrics are by Kristen Doran (front flap) and Ink & Spindle (main bag fabric). Click on the images to enlarge. Hope you like.
But I think you’ll agree with me. It all happened when I pulled out the pattern to read up on what other bits and pieces I needed, ie. apart from fabric. And there it was, in plain black and white:
YOU WILL NEED
80cm x 115cm medium weight, woven fabric
You see what I mean? The Parson Gray fabric I’d settled on yesterday for my new bag, while gorgeous, wasn’t medium weight, was it. And so, the search started all over again. I began to rethink my decision about my beautiful Ink & Spindle fabrics, and the other, yes – medium weight fabrics I’d bought. They’re divine. I love them. I really shouldn’t shy away from using them, even for this project. Even though my bag will be travelling hard some of the time. I’ll just have to be really careful while I’m overseas, and make sure to keep my new bag safe.
So, there I am, pulling out my gorgeous organic medium weight fabrics, and …I found it! The perfect, I mean perfect combination! Check it out…
My new bag has a name now, too... Winter Nest Satchel. Like it?
It’s Ink & Spindle‘s gorgeous, discontinued Lace Fans in Dark Red on Tamarillo, with Kristen Doran’s Winter Nest Panel for the flap. How divine! Agree?
Now I can’t wait to get started! Must pop into Nikki Mallalieu’s to pick up some hardware.